The BrotherHOOD Initiative is a university-wide effort designed to engage and foster a strong sense of community for all students with a specific focus on men of color at Eastern Michigan University. Through collaborative partnerships and dedicated programming, the initiative works to enhance the academic, socio-cultural, and professional experiences of students enrolled.
At the core of the initiative the BrotherHOOD Living and Learning Community is a residential community welcoming a cohort of freshman students each fall semester. We anticipate that this will be a diverse community of students coming from all over Michigan and other states.
BrotherHOOD Scholars Community Pillars
BrotherHOOD provides engagement and mentoring for participants, including those living in the community with them. Informal and formal gatherings (such as the BrotherHOOD Barbershop, open to all) create safe spaces for men of color to foster stronger relationships with other male students, faculty and staff and to participate in intentional developmental conversation.
By providing support throughout the year, the BrotherHOOD Community encourages students to develop and articulate plans to achieve individual short- and long-term academic, professional and personal goals. Motivational speaker meetings and professional development workshops are held for Scholars, and UNIV Instructors serve as Academic Success Coaches throughout the first year.
Achievement and Leadership
Courses and leadership training help Scholars develop the skills to be successful in college and beyond. Students gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to build a personal awareness of the world in which they live.
Persistence and Completion
Through collaborative partnerships on campus and in the community, the BrotherHOOD Community strives to help more men of color persist and graduate, and equip them with the tools to be successful once they earn their degrees. Participating as a scholar will also show that specific success-driven activities can benefit students of color regardless of their prior level of academic achievement