Men of Color Initiative (MCI)

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites students to apply for our Syracuse University Men of Color Initiative (MCI). MCI is a program designed to support, empower, and explore issues unique to, the Black male student experience. MCI, through mentorship by faculty and staff, promotes leadership development, academic support, and service learning opportunities.  MCI strives to empower and develop the next generation of leaders on campus and beyond Syracuse University.

Research has found that the second year of college is often a period in which students encounter increasing academic, developmental, and social demands (Sterling, 2018). Additionally, research has shown the third-year experience is a pivotal point in an undergraduate student’s experience. During their third year, undergraduate students experience more demanding academic challenges, actively seek experience in areas of interest through internships, volunteering, summer jobs and/or research with professors, and change their physical relationship with campus as they often seek off-campus living options and study abroad programs (UCLA Parent & Family Programs, n.d.). As such, MCI is open primarily to sophomores and juniors . Seniors may be considered.

Member Application

If you are interested in the program, please complete our online application form. Each member of the selected cohort should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and be in good standing with the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Knighton and/or James K. Duah-Agyeman.

Nomination Request

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is seeking nominations for our inaugural Syracuse University Men of Color Initiative (MCI). Through mentorship by faculty and staff, MCI will promote leadership development, provide academic support, and coordinate service learning opportunities for participating students. MCI strives to empower and develop the next generation of leaders on campus and beyond Syracuse University.

If you wish to nominate students, please complete the Syracuse University Men of Color Initiative Nomination Form no later than November 15th, 2019. Please note that you can nominate more than one student. Your nominations will be kept anonymous, and we will contact students and encourage them to submit an application. Please feel free to share this information with your fellow colleagues as well.