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!


To build a community that will focus on improving the academic standards of Black Men at Purdue by teaching them how to navigate campus climate as well as build cultural and social capital.


As faculty and staff at Purdue, we will assist in molding future scholars and leaders through mentor teaching, being a voice in the community, and building a stronger support network at Purdue.


Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Early Arrival Program
  • Fall Retreat 
  • Black Male Summit (Traveling Conference to The University of Akron) 
  • Leadership Development Seminars
  • Etiquette Dinners
  • Personal and Professional Development Lecture Series
  • Recognition Ceremony 

Within each of the areas of the aforementioned programs, one or more of the following focus areas will be discussed: 

  • Academic integrity, perseverance and grit 
  • Dress, style, and image 
  • Relationship with authorities such as the police
  • Interpersonal and intimate relationships
  • Navigating racial micro-aggressions
  • Being accountable for one's self

The Black Male Excellence Network places a strong focus on relationship building, therefore all students will have the opportunity to be mentored by a peer (within their college), a professional academic coach, as well as a faculty/staff mentor of color. 

The group is open to all, but geared toward the needs of the Black Men at Purdue. For more information about the My Brother's Keeper Initiative, please visit:

Cason Brunt

Assistant Director and Coordinator

(765) 49-49374

I would love to meet with you!

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