BLACK MALE EMPOWERMENT COOPERATIVE (BMEC)
Your Success is Our Success:
We are committed to your academic and personal success. The Black Male Empowerment and Cooperative Program (BMEC) will assist you as you navigate your college experience. BMEC is a retention program that emphasizes your academic and life success proactively through your active engagement, personal commitment and responsibility. The BMEC program is a partnership between Student Development and academic and student service programs that target male students of color.
Real Talk Sessions:
The Real-Talk sessions are a time for you to come into a comfortable, secure and confidential environment to discuss real-life issues. Some of the issues that are covered range from relationships to employment, to housing, to health, to policing, finances, and academics. Our goal is to empower you and highlight options and possible solutions to address real-life situations and any impact on your academic achievement. It is also our goal to acknowledge and validate you as a whole person –through the interconnectedness of all of the many hats that you wear from student to father to significant other to employee to son, etc.
College and Civic Engagement:
Our goal is to enhance your leadership opportunities at the college and in your community. As a BMEC participant and LaGuardia student, your leadership opportunities will provide experiences that will develop, refine and/or cultivate your conflict resolution, decision making, negotiation, problem solving and team building skills while enhancing your current and future career growth. These leadership experiences will also increase the strength of your candidacy for senior-college admission, scholarships, and employment opportunities.
The BMEC program is also an intricate part of the college’s commitment to maximizing your success through faculty feedback. As part of the Early Alert Program, we ask your professors to submit information regarding your performance in the course. If you are at-risk for failing the course, we will contact you and ask you to come in and meet with an advisor to help find strategies and/or solutions that will address and/or improve your performance in your course.
The college is committed to your academic and career success. As part of the college’s commitment we offer mentors that will support your academic and personal development. It is important to understand that mentors are people who help us see things in ways that we have not seen before. Mentors can be peers, faculty or staff and will empower you to move beyond your comfort zone in an effort to inspire and motivate you to achieve all those things that are important to you. Together you will build the bridge to your success and beyond.
For more information please contact:
Terik Tidwell (718) 482-5175