Black and Latino Male Initiative
Like many colleges and universities, we are committed to the success of all students and recognize the unique challenges experienced by Black and Brown men on predominately White campuses. Our desire is to create projects across campus that are intended to provide additional layers of academic and social support for students from populations that are severely underrepresented in higher education, particularly African, African American/Black, Caribbean and Latino/Hispanic males. Through programming and support we would like to:
- Increase the enrollment and matriculation of underrepresented students.
- Increase retention of underrepresented students.
- Improve the overall grade point average of underrepresented students.
- Increase the graduation rate of underrepresented students.
- Enhance the quality of life of men from these underrepresented communities.
“Tie Thursday Tradition”
We initiated a new tradition at Wagner College called “Tie Thursday”. The goal is for all the men who participate in the Black and Latino Male Initiative to wear a tie every Thursday. We are collecting gently used ties so that any person interested in participating can have access to a tie of their own. If you have any ties that you’d like to donate please bring them by the Dean office located in Union Building 225 or the Center for Intercultural Advancement located in Union Building 227 and we will distribute them to our students. We also offer tie tying sessions throughout the semester.
Black and Blue Lives Matter
The Black and Latino Male Initiative engaged the Wagner College community in a thoughtful conversation around the Black and Blue Live matter movement around the country on October 18, 2016 in the faculty dining hall. The panelist included:
Wilford Pinkney, Detective First Grade (retired)
Dr. Darrin Porcher, Lieutenant (retired)
Wilson Cano, Detective (retired)
John Reives, Sergeant