Black Male Initiative

Black Make Initiative at NC State University“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
— Booker T. Washington



The Black Male Initiative (BMI) is a learning community that promotes brotherhood and develops leaders through academic success, personal growth, professional development, and self-responsibility.  The Initiative is open to anyone who has experience with or interest in understanding and combating challenges facing African-American males in today’s society. Housed in Avent-Ferry Complex, the program provides a variety of educational and social experiences for participants.
The original program was known as the African-American Male Initiative, which was changed to the Black Male Initiative as an effort to create a community focused on cultural awareness, understanding, and experiences respective of the entire African Diaspora.

Learning Outcomes

Through community engagement, cultural immersion, and workshops, BMI members will:

  • Be able to create individualized goals for academic and co-curricular involvement.
  • Be able to identify campus resources that will be helpful to their matriculation at NC State.
  • Raise their understanding of the impact of their civic engagement within the local Raleigh community.
  • Be able to articulate strategies to address challenges that may arise throughout their lifetime.
  • Foster a sense of community among their fellow members and at-large community.
  • Develop a network of faculty/staff members.


BMI members are constantly engaged and enjoy a variety of activities, including:

  • Weekly study halls
  • Community Service
  • University- sponsored events
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Trips around North Carolina and the Country