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The Black Male Initiative

at Florida State University

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Campus Recreation and the Black Males Initiative (BMI) are thrilled to announce our brand new mentoring program: the Work It Out Mentoring Program.

The goal of the Work It Out Mentoring Program is to create a unique experience that brings together black male faculty and staff members and black male students in a relaxed environment to promote natural interactions and facilitate close mentoring relationships. Evidence has shown that when black men have been given the opportunity to participate in higher education, and when well-conceived and formalized support systems are put into place to promote achievement, they have been successful.

The Work It Out Mentoring Program will match a black male faculty or staff member with one or two black male students from the FSU Black Male Initiative. Faculty and staff members will be provided a gym membership for the length of their mentoring relationship, and will be asked to reach out to their mentees to meet up at the Leach Center or Fitness and Movement Clinic once or twice per week for one hour at a time.


Mentors are responsible for:
  • Devoting time to the relationship.
  • Being available to meet once or twice per week for one hour with the student.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of the information shared, while remaining in the role of agent of FSU (they are required to report anything considered sexual misconduct as pursuant with FSU Policy 2-2).
Mentees are responsible for:
  • Devoting time to the mentoring relationship.
  • Being available to once or twice per week for the hour with their mentor.
  • Capitalizing on the time, advice, and opportunities provided by the mentor.
  • Seeking help and support when needed.
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