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.