The Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative (MBMI) is a two-year leadership and identity development program provided by the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center (GOBCC). We aim to foster a sense of belonging, promote engagement in the curricular and co-curricular life at the university, and encourage self-responsibility while focusing on the retention and persistence of our students. There are three pillars that guide the operation of the program: Support, Development, and Involvement
Students are supported through one-on-one meetings with professional staff members and peer mentors to allow time for goal setting, academic monitoring, and social support.
Leadership skills are developed through the SSC 1150, SSC 2100, and EDLPA 3100 courses, participation in leadership activities, and community service opportunities.
Lastly, students are encouraged to get involved through various campus lectures, exposure to campus resources, and our networking events with faculty/staff, and community leaders.
The MBMI program was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Men’s Program for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). In 2018, the MBMI program was published in Applying Student Development Theories Holistically: Exemplar Programming for Higher Education. The MBMI program was awarded the NAACP 2020 George Washington Carver Scholastic Achievement Award, along with various other accolades.
Learn more about the MBMI program by downloading our brochure here.
If you have any questions about the MBMI program contact Donald D. Gilliam, Adjunct Program Instructor at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center at 573.882.2664 or email@example.com