Black Male Achievement Leaders in Residence Program

Funding for this program has ended.

"Research findings over the past several years suggest that there is a statistically higher probability that our young black boys will find them-selves at a greater risk of walking the corridors of prison than the halls of a college or university. Perhaps the honorable Marian Wright-Edelman in an addressing a conference hosted by Educational Testing Service (ETS) framed the concern best when she noted that 'our children are suffering from a toxic cocktail of poverty, illiteracy, racial discrimination and massive incarceration that sentences poor boys to dead-ends and hopeless lives'.

 So when one considers that our young African American males fall victim daily to a multitude of problems clearly one can understand and appreciate the ‘clarion” call to action.  Moreover, while the national statistics are bleak, we have an opportunity to “right size” the ship.  Addressing the plight of African American youth, particularly young black males must become a major priority for all including, non-profits, governmental agencies, civic organizations, clergy& faith leaders, politicians, businesses executives and yes our educational institutions.

Our university looks forward to partnering with the Campaign for Black Achievement on the overarching goal of  equipping our present day and future leaders who work with black boys with the necessary skills and tools that positions this very vulnerable population for  educational and life success."


The Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s (CBMA) Leaders in Residence Fellowship (LiR) in partnership with the University of Louisville and Metro United Way is a professional development program for leaders in the Black male achievement (BMA) field. Target program participants are high-performing, well established BMA leaders, and emerging leaders working towards catalyzing systemic change. 

In partnership, CBMA, Metro United Way, and U of L will prepare and deliver the BMA Leaders in Residence Fellowship (LiR) as a customized year-long leadership development experience for a cohort leaders in the Black male achievement field. The LiR will utilize workshops that convene at U of L’s main campus in Louisville and also in web-based webinars. The LiR sessions will be facilitated by U of L faculty and CBMA program staff to increase self-awareness for personal and professional growth which are essential for successful leadership. LiR Fellows will participate in think-tank activities to discuss leadership challenges and organizational issues to develop case-study resolutions

LiR Outcomes and Objectives
The Fellows will participate in curriculum designed to meet the following anticipated outcomes:
• Sustain and develop long-term capacity in local BMA organizations;
• Share and learn from emerging BMA leaders, who represent the “now generation” of BMA organizational leaders; and
• Share and learn from U of L students, who represent the “next generation” of BMA organizational leaders.

CBMA and U of L will achieve these outcomes by:
• Providing two one-year LiR cohorts of Black male achievement leaders with leadership skills-building and vocational learning opportunities.
• Providing workshops on topics including Organizational Development, Succession Planning, Resource Development, Strategic Communications, and Public Policy.
• Providing each cohort of Black Male Achievement leaders the opportunity to share best practices with a diverse cohort of emerging BMA field leaders, students and practitioners.




February 19-22, 2019

  On site  

Leadership & Organizational Development

March 20, 2019


Strategic Planning

April 23-26, 2019

On site

Strategic Planning

May 22, 2019



June 25-28, 2019

On site


July 24, 2019


Storytelling/Impact Narratives

August 20-23, 2019

On site

Impact Narratives

September 25, 2019


Capstone Proposals due

October 22-26, 2019

On site

Communications & Marketing

November 19-22, 2019

On site

Business & Economic Development




January 21-24, 2020

 On site

 Law Government & Public Policy

February 18-21, 2020

On site

Health and Human Services

March 25, 2020


Capstone Milestone Due

April 20, 2020


Continue work on Capstone Projects

May 20, 2020


Capstone Project Due

June 25-26, 2020

On site

Capstone Projects Presentation; Program Wrap-up and Celebration