The National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC)

Cultivating Strategies for Supporting Men of Color

AT Educational Cultural Complex 4343 Ocean View Blvd San Diego, CA 92113

OCTOBER 18, 2024 • 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
OCTOBER 19, 2024 • 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

HOSTED AT SAN DIEGO COLLEGE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

The National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC) hosts trainings, information sharing sessions, and provides resources that support institutional efforts in improving outcomes for college men of color. This professional development consortium provides community college practitioners with research-based insights on how to improve their practice in serving men of color. With renewed capacity, the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University (SDSU) is in the process of re-launching the consortium.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, men of color in community colleges have had the most extreme enrollment declines, with Native American men and African American men having declined by 26% and 24%, respectively. The consortium seeks to provide colleges with timely information on recruitment practices, enrollment management, student success, implications for trustees, etc. In alignment with our previous model, we offer monthly professional development webinars, free survey and questionnaire resources, and an annual working group meeting for broader information-sharing.

Unfortunately, enrollments for these men have not grown and these disparities persist. The consortium can provide colleges with timely information on recruitment practices, enrollment management, student success, implications for trustees etc. In alignment with our previous model, we would offer monthly professional development offerings, free survey and questionnaire resources, and an annual working group meeting for broader information-sharing.

BACKGROUND

From 2015 to 2018, the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) hosted the NCCMC to support postsecondary institutions in building the capacity necessary to advance outcomes for college men of color. The NCCMC sought to address critical knowledge gaps and concerns about how Men of Color (specifically Black, Latino, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and Indigenous) men were being taught, served, and supported in postsecondary education institutions.

 Beginning in the early 1990s, colleges and universities relied primarily on “minority male initiatives” (MMIs) as a strategy to address low rates of retention, persistence, and achievement for men of color. Yet, despite the good intentions that spawned these efforts, MMIs were relatively ineffective in improving success outcomes for men of color primarily because they were often rooted in deficit perspectives of men of color, did not have the institutional resources and support that were necessary to meaningfully serve men of color, and had program models that were not well-aligned with men of colors’s needs, identities, and challenges. 

Thus, the goal of the NCCMC was to provide educators and institutions with researched-informed professional development, tools, and resources to better serve men of color.

Partnered with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for men of color

The NCCMC had 72 member community colleges that participated in monthly professional development activities (e.g., webinars, information-sharing sessions) designed to support strategies and interventions focused on men of color. Member institutions also had access to M2C3’s inquiry tools that were designed to assess experiences and outcomes for men of color: 1) the Community College Survey on Men (CCSM), 2) the Male Program Assessment for College Excellence (MPACE), and 3) the Community College Student Success Inventory (CCSSI).

The consortium also hosted an annual working group meeting in San Diego, California for 300 national college leaders. The working grouping meeting provided a venue for college leaders who were involved in men of color initiatives to network with colleagues doing similar work at other institutions and to engage more deeply in topics that were both timely and critical to the success of men of color (e.g., Basic Needs Insecurities, Mental Health and Wellness,  Career Development and Workforce Preparation, Assessing MMIs).

The NCCMC was supported by the following affiliate partners: Achieving the Dream, the African American Male Education Network and Development, American College Personnel Association, The Association of Community College Trustees, The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, The Community College League of California, and the League for Innovation in the Community College.