The Office of Multicultural Affairs MBARC (Men Begin Achieving Results Collectively) learning community seeks to provide support to minority male freshmen who have the desire to be successful at UNCG. The program will address areas including:
career mapping and career preparation
personal identity development and personal branding for success
A unique aspect of the program is that students will have faculty/staff/alumni mentors as well as student mentors who will be providing guidance and support for student participants throughout the year to assist students with academic and personal challenges they might be facing. This learning community model will help to develop a strong community of support among student participants and to connect mentoring and academic advising resources to curricular and co-curricular experiences while students successfully complete their first year at UNCG.
1) A Resource for Freshmen
- The MBARC learning community is designed to foster a community of structured learning, support and encouragement for freshmen.
- This environment provides an engaging and interactive community of support for students that result in lasting relationships and networks with faculty and staff mentors throughout year, during their time at UNCG, and beyond UNCG.
- This environment fosters the development of a community of accountability where students are holding one another accountable for being academically, socially, and personally successful.
2) Academic Success
- The MBARC learning community will provide tutoring support for students in collaboration with Student Success Center.
- The MBARC learning community will provide academic advising support in collaboration with academic staff/faculty.
- Proactive Study Group Sessions
- A compiled master course calendar will provide students with dates for exams, papers, and other major assignments are due for their assigned group of students to proactively help them prepare for these assignments and foster study groups for common courses.
- Early intervention and tracking for grades.
- Dedicated link with Student Success Center.
- Students have the opportunity to share issues and concerns and identify how to be successful through interactions they have in class as well as with faculty/staff/student/alumni mentors.
- UNCG faculty and staff and alumni mentors offer ongoing support and guidance for student participants throughout the academic year.
- Faculty and staff mentors offer support and counsel; schedule one-one meetings on a monthly basis to give him the opportunity to talk about his academic needs, share his goals, and discuss concerns and needs; and plan a monthly social activity (lunch, attending a campus or community event, etc.) each semester.
- Integrated Studies Lab (ISL 101)-Required for all students.
- Introduction to African American Studies (AFS 201)- (General Education Core Requirement-Historical Perspectives; College of Arts & Sciences Requirement-Modern Historical Perspectives)
*Note: Students who are unable to fit AFS 201 in their course schedule must participate in co-curricular experiences that focus on learning outcomes related to these courses.
- One (1) of the following courses:
- Peer Education (HEA 203)-(Upon completion of this course students will earn national certification as peer educators)
- Human Sexuality (HEA 260)- (General Education Core Requirement-Social and Behavioral Sciences)
*Note: Students who are unable to fit HEA 203 or HEA 260 in their course schedule must participate in co-curricular experiences that focus on learning outcomes related to these courses.
- Incoming freshmen will be assigned a faculty mentor that will assist students with aggressively completing their degree requirements while fulfilling course requirements of the learning community.
- Students will be assigned to a peer academic mentor and faculty/staff mentor at the beginning of the school year. Peer Academic Mentors from Office of Multicultural Affairs and PALs from Undergraduate Studies will support student participants for ISL 101 and coordinate group study sessions for upcoming exams for common courses student participants are enrolled in.
- Students will be strongly encouraged to live on-campus. Students will have the option to live in the same residence hall with other members of the learning community.
- August 15, 1:00-4:00 pm, Multicultural Resource Center (62 EUC)-Kickoff event with student participants and mentors
- September- Students participate in leadership activities during Leadership Academy.
- October 16, 5:00-6:00 pm, Multicultural Resource Center (62 EUC)-“Collective Male Achievement” Mentor Event-This event will allow MBARC students to think and talk about what achievement and success looks like to them as ethnic minority men, considering individual success as well as the concept of collective success. Students will leave the event with some valuable takeaways that they didn’t have upon entering, both tangible (a business card, a t-shirt, etc.) and intangible (motivation, caring, intellectual stimulation, etc.). Co-sponsored by the Rho Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
- November 13, 5:00-6:00 pm, Multicultural Resource Center (62 EUC)-“Discover Your Purpose” Workshop-This will be an interactive workshop to help students to make steps toward finding out what they want to do and have a starting plan for how to do it. Students will bring their transcript and 8-semester plan to be advised on how to complete their degree requirements in a timely manner. Facilitated by: Mr. Bill Johnson, Student Success Coordinator, Office of Life Planning and Personal Development.
- December 2, 5:00-6:00 pm, Multicultural Resource Center (62 EUC)-“Game Night De-stress”End of Semester Mentor Event-This event will celebrate the close of the Fall Semester with fun and fellowship. The entire MBARC Learning Community is invited to participate in an evening of games and good times.
- January 22, 5:00-6:00 pm, Multicultural Resource Center (62 EUC)- MBARC Welcome Back -2014 is here, and the spring semester is under way! MBARC staff, mentors, and students will have the chance to reconnect in the new semester over food and games in the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
- January 24, 2 pm, Student Recreation Center-MBARC Basketball Challenge-MBARC participants will be divided up into their respecting peer mentor groups to compete as teams against one another in basketball.
- February 11, 2014, 11 am-3 pm, OMA Conference Room (062G EUC)-Empty Bowls Painting-Empty Bowls is an event that gives students a chance to directly engage issues of hunger and homelessness in Greensboro. MBARC students will have an open window to paint bowls in order to help raise awareness and money for a local non-profit.
- March 21, 2014, 4 pm-6 pm, Student Recreation Center-MBARC Mentor Event, The Edge Climbing Wall-This is UNCG’s own artificial rock climbing wall which reaches up to 40 feet in height. MBARC students will compete against one another and see which team can climb the wall fastest.
- April 16, 5:00-6:00 pm, Multicultural Resource Center (62 EUC)-Alumni Panel and Networking Event Building Your Professional Brand with Alumni-What role does your image play in your life? Are there different types of attire that are appropriate for different events and situations? How does knowing about diversity help me in social settings?
- April 29, 5:00-7:00 pm-End of Year Recognition Event
Cultural and Educational Experiences (1 per semester)
- Students will participant in a cultural and educational experience each semester focusing on political involvement, diversity awareness, team building, conflict resolution, group dynamics, and networking opportunities twice a semester. The following are the experiences that will be offered:
- Trip to the International Civil Rights Museum (fall)
- Intersect Diversity Leadership Conference-Friday, February 21-Saturday, February 22, 2014, Elon University-This is a two-day opportunity for participants to look at the disciplines of diversity, leadership and the cross-sections of the two. The keynote speaker is Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, and immigration advocate. Register by emailing Jeffrey Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014, 5 pm.
- Roots Institute, Friday, February 28-Sunday, March 2, 2014-This is an interactive, educational and fun retreat focusing on engaging in deep dialogue on topics relating to our different experiences in an increasingly multicultural society, understanding how the dynamics of power and privilege affect our lives at the personal, group and systemic levels, and developing strategies to deal with oppression in our own lives. Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014, 5pm. Apply online for the 2014 ROOTS Institute at (http://oma.uncg.edu/education-training/the-roots-institute).
- At the beginning of the academic year students will be offered the option to choose to participate in a year-long leadership development experience through the OLSL Leadership Challenge Program and earn a Bronze Leadership Medallion upon success completion.
- Students will sign a commitment agreement to confirm their participation in the program.
- OMA Assistant Director and Faculty/Staff /Alumni mentors will help provide guidance and motivation for students to work toward achieving their professional aspirations.
- OMA Assistant Director and Faculty/Staff /Alumni mentors will serve as a motivational force to encourage student participation in the program and utilization of academic support resources.
- Students will be required to schedule an academic advising meeting with their faculty mentor twice a semester.
- OMA Assistant Director and program staff will meet with student participants biweekly.
- Program staff will request progress reports quarterly for program participants from faculty teaching courses these students are enrolled in.
- Program staff will provide campus and community information, programming, peer advice and counsel, and assistance with administrative matters.
- Peer Academic Mentors will coordinate group study sessions for upcoming exams for common courses Rites of Passage participants are enrolled in.