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The Black Male Excellence Network

In alignment with President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative - The Black Male Excellence Network (BMEN) is an Academic Support and Leadership Development program aimed at championing the success of Black Male Students at Purdue!

Vision

We seek to shape future scholars and leaders through teaching, mentorship, and advocacy; creating a stronger network of support for black men on campus.

Mission

To build a community that focuses on advancing the success of Black men at Purdue University, by assisting in the recognition, cultivating, and activating of their agency.

Programs

BMEN programming consists of, but are not limited to:

  • Program Orientation
  • Fall Retreat
  • Leadership Development Seminars
  • National Black Male Retreat (Traveling Conference to The Ohio State University).
  • Etiquette Dinners
  • Personal and Professional Development Lecture Series

Ongoing Events

  • Mentoring Program with Students in Assistance with Preparation for College (monthly basis from September-April)
  • Possible bowling tournament for BMEN bonding. Maybe every other Thursday evening?

Planned Partnerships

  • Graduate School Panel with BGSA
  • Event with Mind, Body, & Soul
  • Study Tables with NSBE
  • LSAMP

Conferences

  • Black & Latino Male Summit
  • BMEN Conference at Virginia Tech (March 24-25, 2017)

2016 Fall Semester Program Calendar

Tuesday, August 30 th @ 6:00pm
Black Cultural Center, Student Lounge
Program Orientation
Wednesday, September 14 th @ 6:00pm
Black Cultural Center, Formal Lounge
Black & Blue: Conversations with PUPD
Thursday, September 29 th @ 7:00pm
Black Cultural Center, Student Lounge
NBA 2K Tournament
Tuesday, October 11 th @ 6:00pm
Black Cultural Center, Multi-Purpose Room #2
Leadership Development Seminar:
Telling your Professional Story: Resume & Cover Letter Workshop
Wednesday, October 26 th @ 6:00pm
Location: TBA
BMEN Act of Kindness Event
Wednesday, November 2nd @ 6:00pm
Location: TBA
Race & Racism in College and Society Presentation
Wednesday, November 16 th @ 6:00pm
Black Cultural Center, Multi-Purpose Room #2
Leadership Development Seminar:
Speaking Truth to Power (Mr. Baraka Corley)
Thursday, December 8 th @ 6:00pm
Black Cultural Center, Student Lounge
BMEN Holiday

2017 Spring Semester Program Calendar

Monday, January 16 th (time TBA)
Location: TBA
MLK DAY EVENT
Giving Back to the Community (joining together for a Day of Service)
Wednesday, January 25 th @ 6:00pm
Black Cultural Center, Student Lounge
Leadership Development Seminar:
Think Summer: Internships, Research, & Study Abroad (Mr. Will Smith II)
Monday and Tuesday, February 13 th and 14 th (Time TBA)
February 13 th event will be in Black Cultural Center, Multi-Purpose Room #2 (14 th , TBA)
BMEN Love (Valentine’s Day Special)
Professional Etiquette Discussion and Dinner
Saturday, March 25 th from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: TBA
Spring Leadership Retreat: Building Character
Special Guests- Justin Grimes (Ph.D.); Robert Bennett III (Ph.D.)
Wednesday, April 12 th @ 6:00pm
Black Cultural Center, Multi-Purpose Room #2
Gathering of Men, a Tedx Style Alumni Event
Saturday, May 6 th @ 10:00am
Location: TBA
Recognizing Excellence Closing Ceremony

The Black Male Excellence Network places a strong focus on relationship building, therefore all program participants will have the opportunity to be mentored by peers as well as a faculty/staff of color. The group is open to all, but geared toward the needs of the Black men at Purdue.

Contact

William Smith II William Smith II
Director of International Programs
Coordinator of The Black Male Excellence Network
wsmithi@purdue.edu

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