The center at Bowie State University seeks to support a pipeline of Black males who want to enter the education profession, where Black males only represent 2 percent of teachers in U.S. public schools.
To be a premier national leader, clearinghouse, and model for research and scholarship, evaluation, mentorship, policies, theory, professional development, best practices, and services for Black male students and teachers.
The center bridges the gap between theory, research and practice related to black male students and educators through following activities:
- Black Male Teacher Initiative Consortium
- Black Male Teachers College
- Educators and Leaders Alliance
- Grants, Research and Evaluation
- Scholars Fellow Program
- Speaker Series
The center's activities directly reflect its mission: to provide expertise on matters about Black male students and teachers in Maryland and throughout the nation by disseminating information, providing innovative programming, securing funding, and working with partners and stakeholders. To achieve the vision and mission, the center staff will work to:
- Create a space for Black boys and men to feel safe, be themselves, supported, connected, and have a community committed to ensuring their success academically, socially, job or profession, entrepreneurially or whatever they decide to do.
- Produce quality research and scholarship on Black male students and teachers.
- Publish articles, book chapters, reports, evaluations, policy papers, journal special issues, and books focused on Black male students and teachers.
- Pursue and secure internal and external funding to support the center vision and mission.
- Provide innovative programming to Black male students and teachers.
- Provide an innovative program to families of Black male students and prospective Black male teachers.
- Provide research opportunities to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students interested in serving Black male students and teachers and their families.
- Provide consultation and professional development to leaders, teachers, individual schools, school districts, educational organizations, colleges/universities, mentoring organizations, and other institutions on matters related to Black male students and teachers.
- Identify and apply best practices for recruiting, retaining and supporting Black male teachers across the educational and professional trajectory.
- Identify and apply practices for achieving the best academic and social development of Black male students throughout the pre-Kindergarten to doctoral educational journey.
- Advise government officials and policymakers on designing effective policies and services for Black male students and teachers.