Black Male Initiative at the University of Virginia
Established in 2011, the Luther Porter Jackson Black Male Initiative (BMI) was created for the expressed purpose of increasing the academic and social success of Black male students through increasing interaction and dialogue between Black male students, faculty, staff and alumni. The BMI focuses on the academic and life issues of Black males ranging from retention to economic empowerment. We seek to utilize the diversity of cultural, political, and sociological perspectives that exists among Black men at the University of Virginia for the purpose of creating productive co-curricular activities for its participants.
The three major components of the BMI are:
BMI Monthly Meetings –which provide a forum for Black male students to convene and foster dialogue regarding issues pertinent to their lives,
BMI Book Club- provides an opportunity for Black male students to "put their thinking caps on" and begin to think critically and analytically about written works for and about Black men in America,
BMI Annual Retreat (Conversations in the Commonwealth)- is designed to give undergraduate & graduate students, faculty, staff, national consultants, and members of the Charlottesville community the opportunity to learn from one another via plan activities which promote academic achievement, personal development and social/cultural enlightenment.
Dion W. Lewis
Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center
Office of African-American Affairs
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904