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Mission Statement

Project SUCCESS is a mentoring program in its 2nd year based on the recognized national need to address African American and Latino males’ success rates to persist and graduate from college. Project SUCCESS will assist participating Cal Poly Pomona African American and Latino males successfully navigate the educational process through mentorship and intentional connections with faculty, staff, and alumni as well as connections with the families of these students.  Furthermore, Project SUCCESS will contribute to the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 by helping to increase 4-year graduation rates as well as help to eliminate the achievement gap between underrepresented minority students and their peer counterparts.

Project SUCCESS Goals

  • To develop and sustain a culturally-relevant mentoring program that advances the success of African American and Latino males across the educational pipeline
  • To increase first year persistence and retention of African American and Latino male students enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona.
  • To increase African American and Latino male participation in academic support programs
  • To sponsor the Project SUCCESS Leadership Series, a series specifically designed for the advancement of African American and Latino male student success
  • To engage participants’ family and parents in the process of learning and engagement for African American and Latino males’ success by participating in the annual spring Project SUCCESS Preview Conference Day

Project SUCCESS Requirements and Expectations

  • Must be a full-time (12 units each term) registered Cal Poly Pomona student for the entire 2017 – 2018 academic year
  • Must be an entering first-year Freshman or first-year Transfer student at Cal Poly Pomona
  • Must fully complete and submit the attached application
  • Expected to maintain a minimum of 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) during the program, with the goal to achieve no less than a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Must enroll in the Ethnic & Women's Studies (EWS) 200, or other designated independent studies course for Project SUCCESS each term
  • Expected to participate in regular grade checks throughout the academic year.
  • Must commit to attending ALL of the Project SUCCESS Community Gatherings, Events, and Kin group meetings throughout the academic year
  • Must be willing to meet one-on-one with mentors, faculty and staff on a regular basis

Need for Project SUCCESS

Data provided by The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Males Retention at Cal Poly Pomona for the fall of 2010 cohort


African Americans

Latino/ Hispanics


Year 1:




Year 2:




1.   Less than ⅓ of Black and Latino undergraduates graduate within six years (Swail, Redd, & Perna, 2003)

2.   There is a shortage of black male role models and mentors (Harper, 2006)

3.   Hispanic students are the largest growing minority in the United States (Yosso, 2006)

4.   Women will continue to outnumber men on college campuses (Gohn & Albin, 2006)

5.   Men of color are constantly stereotyped by professors and classmates and exposed to culturally irrelevant perspectives (Harper, Davis, McGuire, Berhanu, 2015)

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