The Male Success
Initiative (MSI) is a campus enrichment program
for male students, particularly men of color, that provides professional,
academic, and personal development. MSI helps participants develop a game plan
for success, from orientation to graduation. The MSI is not a student club or
organization and does not operate within the same framework as other organizations
on campus, and as a result, the MSI focuses on encouraging student
participation in any and all campus initiatives and leadership opportunities
that will enhance their overall development.
The MSI program at
GSU is unique in that while improved retention and graduation rates are the
main impetus, it is believed that by making students aware of their strengths
and talents, desired outcomes will not only be met, but exceeded.
Who should participate in
The MSI is open
to all GSU male students of color who are committed to their success no matter
what. The MSI does not operate within traditional deficit model approaches.
Instead, we believe in giving our students the supplemental resources needed to
succeed academically, compete globally, and develop professionally. No matter
where you start, if your success is important to you, then it’s important to
the Male Success Initiative.
Why join the MSI?
the MSI benefit from unique and targeted on- and off campus opportunities that
contribute to their personal and professional success:
- Participants are ENGAGED through robust and candid
dialogues about identity, goals, and the barriers that tend to impede their
collective and individual progress.
- Participants are ENCOURAGED to develop their awareness
of, and exposure to, the diversity of their history and of society through cultural
exploration at museum exhibits, performances, and guest speakers.
- Participants are EQUIPPED for academic success
through curricular enhancement activities such as workshops on
effective study habits and periodic monitoring of classroom progress, as well
as study tables and faculty-led support sessions.
- Participants are EMPOWERED to realize and promote their
leadership skills by giving back to the community and developing and coordinating civic
engagement endeavors, on- and off-campus.
addition, the MSI has access to a team of GSU staff and faculty committed to
advise, counsel, and direct student participants to a multitude of resources to
help prepare them for life after college.
How do I participate in the MSI?
The MSI accepts
new participants twice a semester: during the first two weeks of the term and
during the last week of the term. The MSI application will only be available
during these times.
Step 1: Complete the MSI application:
Step 2: Sign up
to join the MSI Text App (powered by Remind®) to receive reminders, updates and
announcements: remind.com/join/msigsu (enter your name and cell phone number)
Step 3: Register
with the MSI group on Jaguar Connection
are interested in participating in, or supporting the MSI at GSU, contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org, call (708) 235-7619, or stop by Student Life (Rm. A-2100) for