Black and Latino Male Initiative (BLMI)

About the Black And Latino Male Initiative

The Black and Latino Male Initiative (BLMI) is a project of the CUNY-wide Black Male Initiative, implemented to increase, encourage, and support the inclusion and educational success of students from groups that are severely underrepresented in higher education, particularly African, African American/black, Caribbean, and Latino/Hispanic men. BLMI embodies Brooklyn College’s mission through its commitment to the education of immigrants and students from diverse backgrounds.

Mission Statement

The Black and Latino Male Initiative provides committed academic, socioemotional, and professional support while empowering students from underrepresented populations, including immigrants and first generation. Particular attention is paid to African, African American/black, Caribbean, and Latino/Hispanic men. Increasing the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of the target population is central to BLMI’s commitment.


From initial contact through commencement, the Black and Latino Male Initiative will provide students from underrepresented populations with the tools and resources to strive throughout their academic career. BLMI will be a recruitment tool to help increase the number of students from its target population at Brooklyn College. With the use of published best practices and research, BLMI will implement programs, develop relationships, and provide resources that will emphasize students’ academic achievement, learning, persistence, and development. Alumni of BLMI will be well-rounded individuals who become transformative leaders and adept self-advocates.

Benefits of Joining BLMI

  • Peer mentorship
  • Special lectures and programs
  • Tutoring
  • One-on-one academic advisement
  • Leadership development workshops
  • Student success workshops
  • Career development workshops
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Access to BLMI Commons equipped with computers and Wi-Fi
  • Stipends may be available

To learn more about the program, visit the office, 3309A James Hall, or e-mail us.

Contact Information

3309A James Hall
P: 718.951.5766

Office Hours

  • Mondays–Thursdays: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.



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