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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

BE You Living Learning Community

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Black Male Living Learning Community 

The Black Excellence in You (BE You): Black Male Living Learning Community is a program committed to ensuring the academic success and social integration of first- and second-year, Black men at Minnesota State University. Program participants will be placed in a cohort, live in a residence hall with one another, and take course together. This will help them develop better study habits, achieve academic excellence, promote leadership development, and obtain a heightened sense of self-identity.

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Mission: Provide an environment that encourages Black men at Minnesota State University, Mankato to strive for Black excellence, serve as global ambassadors, and be collegiate scholars.

Program Goals:

  • Celebrate Black excellence by encouraging identity development, Black pride, and exhibiting a heightened sense of grit/perseverance.

  • Develop collegiate scholars who possess higher grade point averages and increased course completion percentages after eight semesters.

  • Achieve academic success with increased retention and graduation rates.

  • Provide direct, intrusive mentoring, advising, and coaching to help ensure academic success. 

  • Expose participates to campus resources, such as: academic advising, financial aid, institutional diversity, etc.

Participants’ Learning Outcomes:

  • Successfully transition and acclimate into the university setting and community life.
  • Identify and utilize a variety of campus and community-based resources for increased awareness, understanding, and coping mechanisms for positive black male identity at a predominately white insitutition.
  • Increase campus and social integration via participation in a Black Student Organizations such as Black Intelligent Gentleman and Black Student Union. 
  • Serve as a global ambassador, who develops bonds and breaks down barriers that have traditionally impeded the success of Black men in higher education.
  • Promote community building and practice positive growth-mindset across the African diaspora.

For more information on the BE You: Black Male Living Learning Community,  please contact Kenneth Reid, Director of the Center for African American Affairs, at (507) 389-6207 or via email at