Welcome! We are pleased you have come to learn about the Black Male Institute (BMI) at UCLA. The BMI was founded in in 2009 to address concerns around equity and access for Black males in education. BMI Director Dr. Tyrone Howard is a professor in UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Our primary goal at the Black Male Institute is to conduct reliable research, practical interventions, and effective programs that enrich the educational experiences and life chances of Black males in the United States. We do this work by engaging researchers, scholars, practitioners, community based organizations, policy makers and students in our work across the P-20 spectrum. We currently have more than15 UCLA undergraduate and graduate students that are currently engaged in research on a wide range of issues within the BMI. Over the last five years, we have hosted over 500 middle and high school students on the UCLA campus to participate in BMI workshops focused on preparing young Black males for college; and we have had hundreds of educators and community members attend our annual Think Tank.
The status of Black males remains in a state of flux. While progress is being made with various sectors of the Black male population, we continue to see disparaging data about others, which suggests that educational opportunities and life chances are still challenging for too many of them. Our work aims to disrupt ineffective policies and practices with viable knowledge about how to offer young Black males an equitable opportunity for educational and life success.
We are excited about our work and the partnerships we have created, and encourage you to explore the website to learn more about our research, programs, and events. If you would like additional information about the Black Male Institute, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.