Male Success Alliance Mission Statement
To improve access, retention, and graduation rates of young men of color through academic support, professional development, and mentoring. We believe that through brotherhood, integrity, and perseverance we can positively impact every life we encounter.
Why is MSA Necessary?
- In 2007, the California Postsecondary Education Committee reported that females outnumber males at every level in the postsecondary education pipeline.
- African American and Latino males are less successful than all females and their Asian and White male counterparts in graduating from the CSU system.
- 39.8% more Black men are involved in the criminal system than enrolled in an institution of higher learning; 1 in 5 Black men live in poverty as opposed to 1 in 12 for White men.
- African American men are 14 times more likely to die of murder than White men (AAMASU Arizona State University, 2004).
- Between 2002 and 2004, Latino males earned 9 percent of associate degrees, 7 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 5 percent of master’s degrees
- Within the context of college Latino males, the U.S Census Bureau (2006) found that the ratio of Latino males in jail dormitories versus college dormitories is 2.7 to 1.
- Leadership – Leadership is a set of skills that can be developed. As campus and community leaders, CSUDH students will learn how to deal with complex challenges, show the confidence to address them, and be accountable for their decisions. Students will develop integrity, honesty, compassion and an understanding of power dynamics. They will gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills and learn how to make good decisions as leaders.
- Civic Engagement – Students who participate in MSA will enhance their ability to communicate values and ideas about service to others. They will develop an understanding of being socially responsible and engaged leaders in the 21st century. Students will learn to monitor and assess the impact of service, and understand how their role in their university, community and family can contribute to positive social change.
- Personal Development – Students who participate in MSA will develop a strong sense of identity, and learn to take responsibility for their choices and actions. Students will learn requisite skills necessary for life long learning and development.
- Diversity – Students who participate in MSA will understand the relationship between diversity inequalities, and social, economic, and political power both in the United States and globally. Students will understand how individuals, organizations, and institutions create, perpetuate, or challenge inequality. Students will also understand how multiple identities intersect and learn to reevaluate their ideas about diversity and difference.