About Brother to Brother
Who We Are
Brother to Brother (B2B) is an Urban Male Initiative program in the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) that applies four programmatic pillars: leadership development, social integration, academic support, and career preparation to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of male-identified students of color at MSU Denver, and to meet the future workforce needs in the local, national, and global economy. This initiative was originally launched as a one-time funded pilot program in Fall of 2013 and became a formal program of the CMEI in Fall 2019.
“You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.” – James Baldwin
The mission of Brother to Brother is to empower male-identified students of color at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) to feel a sense of belonging, be leaders of the community, obtain academic success, and be agents of change in the workforce.
Through brotherhood, academic support, college completion, and wellness, Brother to Brother participants will earn their degrees and have a succinct future plan.
The B2B program represents a bold step to address issues of equality with a diverse population of male-identified students of color at MSU Denver and serves as the first comprehensive program created to specifically address issues and needs facing this demographic of the student population.
Since male-identified students of color are not monolithic and differ in terms of race, cultural ethnicity, identity, sexual orientation, and expression, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to addressing their needs and interests. Therefore, the B2B program presents a well-rounded set of approaches to meet the individualized needs of male-identified students of color.
Programming and Participation
All male-identified students are eligible to participate in program activities. However, all programming and activities will have an intentional focus on the issues impacting male-identified students of color.
Students Gain Access To:
- Leadership and volunteer opportunities
- Academic workshops
- Networking events with professionals
- Mentorship and other opportunities
B2B Program Pillars
Assist students to build strong study habits, organizational skills, and test taking skills.
Provide opportunities for students to learn more about leadership styles, skills-building, and leadership opportunities on the MSU Denver campus.
Students receive support to prepare to transition into a career, or graduate school after graduation.