The Male Success Initiative (MSI) is an enrichment program
for male students, particularly men of color that provides opportunities for
professional, academic, and personal development. MSI helps participants
develop a game plan for success, from orientation to graduation.
The Male Success Initiative aims to engage participants in
unique and targeted on and off campus opportunities that will contribute to
their personal and professional success:
- Engage participants in robust, yet candid
dialogues about identity, goals, and the barriers that tend to impede their
collective and individual progress.
- Encourage participants’ awareness of, and
exposure to, the diversity of their history and of society through cultural
exploration to museum exhibits, performances, and guest speakers.
- Equip all participants 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.
- Empower participants to promote servant
leadership by giving back to the community and developing and coordinating
civic engagement endeavors, on and off-campus.
In addition, the MSI has access to a team of GSU staff and
faculty committed to advise, counsel, and coach student participants to a
multitude of resources that will help prepare them for life after college.
The Male Success Initiative is a programmatic thrust of
Intercultural Student Affairs at Governors State University. Partners include
the Dual Degree Program and its 17 Chicagoland community colleges, who provide
full-time students with an excellent pathway to earn quality, accessible, and
affordable associate and bachelor degrees. The Male Success Initiative is
funded in part through a grant sponsored by the Kresge Foundation.