MASS Collegiate Male Institute “Men in Maroon” Induction Ceremony

The ceremony centered on the young men who successfully participated in CMI’s programming.

Posted Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 8:24 AM

On Thursday November 21, 2019, the Collegiate Male Institute hosted its inaugural Induction ceremony. Held in the Cypress Room within the Addition Financial Arena, the “Men in Maroon” ceremony centered on the young men who successfully participated in CMI’s programming. CMI programming includes reaching six or more benchmarks, such as attending educational workshops and participating in one on one advising. Every effort made by CMI is focused on helping young men create pathways for academic success while also preparing for the professional world. CMI hopes that by operating intentional programming, both levels of leadership development and student success will increase. This induction ceremony is just the beginning of a brotherhood that will foster better sons, future husbands and fathers.


Purpose: Recruiting, Retaining, and Graduating Underrepresented Collegiate Males

For more than two decades, educators and policymakers have become increasingly aware of the persistent achievement gap for male students of color, a gap that is evident through sobering disparities in overall educational attainment as compared to their female and other male peers. Latino and African American males are simply not keeping pace with males of other racial and ethnic groups in their rates of high school graduation, college enrollment, degree completion, and workforce participation. Considering the emerging U.S. demographic reality, one driven by population growth among communities of color, this pervasive gap in educational attainment poses a serious challenge to our nation’s ability to tap its human capital potential. But economic, demographic, and workforce imperatives alone are not what has brought this cross-sector collaboration together.

 The goals of the UCF Male Student Success initiatives are as follows:

  • Increase the retention of FTIC male students to 92%;
  • Decrease 2nd to 3rd year attrition rate for male students
  • Increase  Co-curricular engagement of men of color attending the university;
  • Utilize predictive analytics data to establish support programs and services to address the needs and challenges facing male students;
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff and community partners to address the needs of college males; and
  • Prepare male college students for careers and graduate school.


The Collegiate UCF Male Student Success Initiative Focus

  • Assist college males with navigating the academic support resources, financial literacy, financial assistance, co-curricular, Greek-Life and engagement opportunities that exist to be successful;
  • Provide support diverse and inclusive outreach programs and services;
  • Promote health wellness;
  • Promote a sense of belonging and community;
  • Provide academic support and personal development;
  • Promote leadership, mentorship, and advocacy; and  Educate staff and faculty on the unique challenge’s college males face


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