Ball State University: Multicultural Center
325 North McKinley Avenue
Muncie, IN 47306
The Multicultural Center at Ball State University supports students with its culturally relevant activities and professionally trained staff. It represents a welcoming space for them to gather, relax, and develop a sense of belonging. It is a place for them to engage with intellectual interests in the study room or computer lab and is a space that promotes retention of students of color, particularly African American students.
The Multicultural Center offers a supportive space for students to study, discuss relevant issues that concern them, and resources such as the Malcolm X Library, which holds 1000 books, newspapers, magazines, and videos focused on the experiences of African-Americans. The Center also offers a computer lab, a large conference room, and a fully equipped kitchen. The Website states: "Since its founding in the early 1970s, the Special Programs house, as the center was once called, was Ball State's response to the request of African-American students who wanted a place on campus that was staffed by people sensitive to their feelings of isolation and alienation."
Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. Depauw University is one such of those partner colleges. DePauw University is a small private college located in Greencastle, Indiana, a 45 minute drive west of Indianapolis. The participants included 7 African American males' students from major cities around the country including: New York, Chicago, and Atlanta.
These students are excelling on campus, graduating at an impressive rate of over 90 percent, and fast becoming leaders in the workplace. President Barack Obama selected the foundation to receive a portion of the president's $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize award money. Through their presence, Scholars help to increase the numbers of African American, Asian, Latino, and other students from diverse backgrounds in the student populations at Posse partner institutions. Posses help the retention of non-Posse students who are not part of the majority culture by fostering an inclusive campus community.
SAAB – Indiana State University
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
SAAB @ ISU
The Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) is a dynamic organization established to assist African American males to excel academically, socially, culturally, professionally, and in the community.
SAAB is comprised of male students who strive for academic excellence and make a commitment to plan, and implement programs that benefit their community at large. We encourage our participants to embrace leadership by being positive examples for each other through a strong commitment to academic achievement, brotherhood, and community service.
The Indiana State University SAAB chapter is comprised of two components: the SAAB student organization and the SAAB program office, an administrative office on campus. These two components work together to increase the retention and graduation rate of African American males on campus.
100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc - Team Mentoring Program
3901 N. Meridian Street, Suite 10
Indianapolis, IN 46208
100 Black Men of Indy, Inc
100 Black Men is a national organization started in 1963 by a spirited and conscience group of Black men who represented a cross-section of New York City. They were dedicated to the goal of directing their community through the turbulence (and positively, the consciousness-raising) of the times. The organization has more than 100 chapters world-wide and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Indianapolis chapter began in 1984. Its mission statement reads, "Black men giving real time to positively impact the development of youth in our communities." The Team Mentoring Program started during the 2007-2008 academic year and is directed by Robert Marshall. Two adult males (typically one younger and one older) are assigned a group of seven 5th graders which they meet every other Friday during lunch time at the children's school.
This program was the result of focus group meetings with teachers and administrators in order to address the needs of 5th grade boys. The salient need was manhood. As Mr. Marshall reported, "They reported that the boys don't know the roles and responsibilities of a man, and so that became the focus of our curriculum." Mr. Marshall considers the first year of the program a success: the program started with 125 students in 7 different schools. They achieved their baseline goals. The mentoring included a program whereby mentors would address topics like being a good friend, to the duties of a man and the roles of a man, and also team work.