Programs Requirements

Those who wish to participate must:

  • Be admitted to EMU
  • Attend a mandatory program overview.
  • Students and parents/guardians are expected to commit to the following outlined program requirements and foundational courses during the first two semesters.

Family Orientation

During this orientation students and their parent/guardians will meet BrotherHOOD staff and go over key program elements. Staff will also answer any questions students and their parents/guardians may have. Attending this orientation is mandatory for both students and parents/guardians wishing to participate in the program.

Extended Orientation

The Extended Orientation allows students to live on campus two weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester to prepare for Math, English, Writing and Reading at the collegiate level to start the academic year strong. During this time students will live in a residence hall with designated Housing Residence Life (HRL) staff and Academic Success Partnership (ASP) staff. Students will attend Math and Writing intensive courses to prepare for the rigor of university and actively participate in structured workshops and community building activities. Attending and completing this orientation is mandatory for students wishing to participate in the program.

*Please note all freshman students at EMU are strongly encouraged to attend EMU’s First Three New Student Orientation (Typically Sep. 1–4).

Living Learning Community

All participants who select on-campus housing must live in Sellers Hall within the BrotherHOOD Scholars Living Learning Community (LLC). This LLC has designated a Housing Residence Life Resident Advisor and a Community Planner living on the floor with scholars.

From literature and our work at EMU we know that students who participate in Living Learning and Theme Communities:

  • Make new friends with similar interests
  • Create life-long friendships
  • Maintain higher GPAs
  • Interact with faculty and staff members outside of the classroom
  • Participate in more campus activities 
  • Higher second year retention rates

To ensure our scholars are engaged while living in their LLC our community programmer facilitates programming that is guided by our Four Community Pillars:

Healthy Relationships

BrotherHOOD provides engagement and mentoring for participants, including those living in the community with them. Informal and formal gatherings create safe spaces for MOC to foster stronger relationships with other male students, faculty and staff and to participate in intentional developmental conversation.

Productivity Goal-Setting

By providing support throughout the year, the BrotherHOOD LLC encourages students to develop and articulate plans to achieve individual short- and long-term academic, professional and personal goals.

Achievement and Leadership

Courses and leadership training help students develop the skills to be successful in college and beyond. Scholars gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to build a personal awareness of the world in which they live.

Persistence and Completion

Participating as a scholar will also show expose students to that specific success-driven activities that can benefit students of color regardless of their prior level of academic achievement.

Designated Courses

Scholars must enroll in the courses listed below during their first and second year. Each course counts towards general education requirements that every student at EMU must fulfill. 


  • Fall Semester
    • MATH 110: Mathematical Reasoning (GEQR)
    • CTAC 124: Foundations of Speech Communication (GEEC)
    • ENG 120 or ENG 121: Composition II: Researching the Public Experience (GEEC)
    • UNIV 179L3: Introduction to the University (GELB) (Taken as a cohort)
  • Winter Semester: LEAD 201: Introduction to Leadership (GEKS)


  • Fall Semester: LEAD301L2: Emerging as a Culturally Competent Leader (GELB)

Study Tables

Scholars are required to fulfill 10 hours of study tables each week at designated study tables locations. During the assigned times students are expected to complete their homework and prepare for upcoming exams and course assignments.

Success Coaching Meetings

Scholars are required to meet with their assigned Success Coach weekly during the Fall semester and bi-weekly during the Winter semester. During these meetings coaches will sit down with scholars to discuss their progress from a wholistic approach, touching on seven key domains to foster student success.

Monthly Cohort Meetings

Scholars are required to attend monthly cohort meetings. During these monthly meetings BrotherHOOD staff will provide scholars with information the is essential to their human development and degree completion goals.

Community Building Programming

Scholars are required to attend our Community Building Program, BrotherHOOD Barbershop once a semester. The BrotherHOOD Barbershop is open to the campus community and provides a safe space or individuals who identify as Men of Color (MOC) to engage in conversation and build community. During this time, scholars are able to get free hair cuts, eat, and actively participate in conversation designed to empower them as MOC.

Some of our program themes include:

  • Grit
  • Identity
  • Stereotypes
  • Networking 
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