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Black Male Initiative

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the University of Central Oklahoma would like to cordially invite your student to be a part of the Black Male Initiative & Fellows Program. This prestigious program will provide relevant and transparent experiences for young, African-American males that will aid in their success academically, professionally and socially at UCO through the development of the 5M areas:

  • Messaging - building connections with UCO & the OKC Metro community
  • Mentoring & Ministering - peer mentoring & networking opportunities
  • Monitoring - mandatory study hall and grade checks
  • Money - tuition scholarships (2.5 GPA at the end of the fall and spring semesters)

The Black Male Initiative started in the fall of 2014 with 20 incoming freshmen and five upperclassmen who served as mentors. The Black Male Initiative was created to address the retention and graduation rates of African American men at the University of Central Oklahoma. The nucleus of the program is the cohort class in which all incoming freshmen must enroll, the peer mentoring between the Black Male Initiative freshmen and the upperclassmen who serve as fellows, tuition waivers available to assist students in their academic pursuits and intentional and tenacious monitoring of student social and academic success.


  • Tuition scholarship – if program expectations are met
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship
  • Community building
  • Academic tutoring & study hall
  • Networking opportunities
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Connection to faculty, staff and community advocates
  • Black Male Summit participation

How to Get Started

  • Step 1: Sign up for the Black Male Initiative Program
  • Step 2: Sign up for FORGE.
  • Step 2 a: All students interested in participating in the Black Male Initiative Program must attend orientation before July 1.
  • Step 2 b: Be sure to let your advisor know that you’ve signed up to participate in the Black Male Initiative and visit our table during orientation.
  • Step 3: Enroll in the Success Central Class.
  • Step 4: The class will be Mondays and Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Step 5: Attend the Black Male Initiative Fall Retreat which will take place on Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16.
  • Step 6: Complete and submit your FAFSA.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact Dene Roseburr-Olotu by emailing