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Metropolitan New York

What We Are

graduation photo three men The Black Male Initiative is a safe space for black male students where they can freely discuss their problems and issues in an open, familiar and understanding environment without reproach or fear of embarrassment.

Through sharing experiences, discussing problems and crafting solutions, the BMI bolsters confidence, supports its community and keeps black male students actively engaged in the journey to graduation and future success.

As a group, black male students at Empire State College’s Metropolitan Center experience the greatest amount of difficulty completing their college degrees. In 2009, college faculty, staff and students set out to identify the causes for this and develop solutions. Three students and two faculty mentors answered the call and the Black Male Initiative was formed.

Black male students experiencing any barrier to completing their degree are encouraged to reach out to BMI members and faculty advisors for assistance, guidance and solutions.


Watch current student and BMI club president Lawrence Johnson describe his experience at SUNY Empire State College:



Alum Tony Haywood, '14 explains why he chose SUNY Empire



Alum Dexter Mead, '12 discusses his choice to attend SUNY Empire


The BMI supports black male students, but you don't have to be black or male to support this community.
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Empire State College
Metropolitian Center
325 Hudson St.
5th Floor
New York, NY 10013