The Black Male Initiative


The Black Male Initiative is a learning community designed to support first year Black male students who identify on the African Diaspora through academic and social support, access to campus resources, and professional development. The goal of this initiative is to support Black males at Emory to be successful and increase a sense of belonging through intentional programming needs. The working definition described by Terrell Strayhorn states “sense of belonging refers to students’ perceived social support on campus, a feeling or sensation of connectedness, the experience of mattering or feeling cared about, accepted, respected, valued by, and important to the group (e.g. campus community) or others on campus (e.g., faculty, peers)” (Strayhorn, 2012). 

Strategies to support our goals of supporting Black males at Emory to be academically successful and increase a sense of belonging include:
• Increase a sense of belonging of Black males through intentional programmatic needs; 
• Partner with neighborhood high schools targeting high achieving Black males;
• Build strong community connections; specifically connecting the Black male community (students, faculty/staff, alumni) and showing campus support programs and resources;
• Promote academic support for Black male students to have access to receive tutoring, specialized study skills, and career mentoring; and
• Provide leadership opportunities to engage Black males to be decision makers.

Please keep in mind if you are selected and accept to be a part of the Black Male Initiative, you will be assigned to live in Hamilton Holmes for the academic year. Your roommate preference will only be granted if that student also applies to participate in the Black Male Initiative and identifies on the African Diaspora. 

To join please apply here


2018-2019 Executive Board

President: Robel Betre

Outreach and External Affairs: Kelvin Batista and Olabisi Bolanle

Alumni Relations: Steven Rhodes and Abraham Zewdie

Program Planning and Management: Pierre Bass and Aaron Campbell

Assessment: Daniel Hamm and Micah Lewis

Media and Photography: Aaron Campbell Jr.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Black Male Leadership Team at