Black Male Initiative (BMI)

The Black Male Initiative at the University of Louisville seeks to increase the retention, graduation, engagement and overall success of those individuals historically underrepresented at the University, including Black males, by addressing various scholastic and social challenges, through academic engagement, mentoring, peer connection, and student involvement. The Black Male Initiative Program is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

Three graduates of BMI.

After a year of planning by the Black Male Initiative (BMI) Task Force, along with a preliminary unveiling of the program structure via a Campus Presentation, this student success program formally began in Fall 2011. BMI seeks to increase the retention, graduation, engagement and overall success of those individuals historically underrepresented at the University, including Black males, by addressing various scholastic and social challenges, through academic engagement, mentoring, peer connection, and student involvement.

 

BMI core areas:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Mentoring Support
  • Social Engagement
  • Leadership Development

Participants are encouraged to utilize academic support resources including REACH, TRiO, the Writing Center, formal study groups as well as attend BMI workshops and events. A mentoring family network allows upperclassmen, faculty, and staff to assist participants in navigating academic and personal challenges.

Fall 2022 Events

Black Boulevard Filmmaker Workshop

Use this link to register now for the free workshop on September 29, 2022 at 3pm

Location: Ekstrom Library Digital Media Suite

Cultural Center Poetry Slam during homecoming week.

Stay tuned for more!

BMI GRIOT

Become a BMI Griot.

In parts of West Africa, a griot serves as a historian and storyteller amongst many other functions. If you're into content creation and would like to tell great BMI stories about our events and network, click the picture or this link to register. This opportunity may serve as an intern status throughout the academic year.

Volunteer Opportunities

BMI provides a lot of opportunities for you to support our community with your time and skills. We encourage you to use this volunteer link to get involved at any moment during the year. As the saying goes, if everyone does a little, nobody has to do a lot.

Homecoming Week

  • When: October 17 through October 21
  • What can I do: Help set up/break down at various events; Provide media support by taking pictures and videos at events.

Men of Quality Summit

  • When: March 13 & March 14
  • What can I do: Provide media support by taking pictures and videos of the various workshops and presentations.


BMI Wise Council

The BMI Wise Council consists of faculty and staff members who provide one-to-one mentoring as time permits.

Additional BMI Activities and Services included:

BMI History

After a year of planning by the Black Male Initiative (BMI) Task Force, along with a preliminary unveiling of the program structure via a Campus Presentation, this student success program formally began in Fall 2011.

Initial funding was provided by committed BMI Partners including the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Affairs, the Office of Community Engagement, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Louisville Cultural Center. Fundraising and development to support BMI goals and objectives is ongoing.

Assessment, participant feedback and evaluation of the Black Male Initiative continue to ensure participants are challenged and supported toward degree completion while ultimately improving institutional experiences and rates of graduation for rates of graduation for individuals historically underrepresented at the University, including Black males.

BMI Online

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Wednesday Wisdom

Tune in to this YouTube series here where elder statesmen (and a few phenomenal women!), drop gems of knowledge for our young brothers.

 

 The Black Male Initiative Program is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

For more information contact: Brandyn Bailey.

Picture of graduating member of the 2019 class.