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“Education leads to enlightenment. Enlightenment opens the way to empathy. Empathy foreshadows reform.” - Derrick Bell 



Brother to Brother (B2B) is an Urban Male Initiative Program that applies four programmatic pillars (leadership development, social integration, academic support, and career preparation) to increase the retention and graduation rates of male students of color at MSU Denver and to meet the future work-force needs in the local, national, and global economy. This program launched as a one-time funded pilot in fall 2013 and reports into the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion. 



To empower male students of color at the Metropolitan State University of Denver to be leaders of the community, obtain academic success, and to be agents of change in the workforce. 


Programming and Participation 

In an effort to be inclusive, all male students are eligible to participate in program activities. However, all programming and activities will have an intentional focus on the issues impacting male students of color. Given the national data on student success, it is important to expose males to programming that promotes their ability to move toward their goals and aspirations. Since male students will have differing needs and interests, the program presents a well-rounded set of approaches to meet their needs including the following four pillars: 

  • Academic skill building 
  • Social enrichment/mentoring 
  • Leadership development 
  • Career/graduate school planning 


• Academic Skill Building – Assist students to build strong

study habits, organizational skills, and test taking skills.

• Social Enrichment – Offer social activities to create a sense
of community for male students. This also includes the
development of friendships with peers and
and students.

• Leadership Development – Provide opportunities for
students to learn about leadership and how to become a
leader on campus.

• Career/Graduate School Planning – Students receive
support to prepare to transition into a career, or graduate
school after graduation.

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