Male Success Initiatives (MSI)

Black Men of Excellence

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Our Mission

The Black Men of Excellence program is focused on the retention, graduation, and sense of belonging of all Black identified men at Cal Poly Pomona. This program will grow and develop our Black men in Leadership, Undergraduate Research, Mentorship, and Career Readiness. 

How We Got Here

The Black Men of Excellence program was developed by a Task Force of members from across campus, including:

  • Dr. Michael Page, College of Science
  • Bryant Fairley, Center for Community Engagement
  • Dr. Jonathan Grady, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
  • Ronald Whitenhill, Outreach & Educational Partnerships
  • Dr. Christian Abson, Disability Resource Center
  • Leon Strayer, Student Support & Equity Services
  • Robin Wilson, Math Department
  • Curtis Carpenter, Information Technology
  • Tari Hunter, Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers
  • La'Keisha Beard, Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers
  • Teaja Smith, African American Student Center
  • Janetta Dismuke, Office of New Student Programs & Family Engagement
  • Terrion Chavers, Student and President of Black Student Union
  • Justyn Fulton, Student and RISE participant
  • Jordan Lee, Student and Greek Life, UHS leader


Reggie Robles

Senior Coordinator, Male Success Initiatives

James Rocker

Interim Leadership Development Coordinator