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Residential Learning Communities

Founded in Fall 2021, the Black Male Excellence Initiative (BMEI) (opens in a new tab) Residential Learning Community offers incoming Black males the opportunity to live in a residence hall community that offers a sense of belonging, academic support, and culturally relevant personal growth. This Initiative was born from research studies conducted by Dr. Will Sheppard and Dr. Brandy Bryson exploring the strengths and successes of first-year Black male student scholars in North Carolina. The Black Male Excellence Initiative will provide the opportunity for first-year Black male scholars living on campus to develop a greater sense of belonging and purpose, a strong AppState identity, and increased academic success.

This commitment to uplift Black male scholars and create future Black male leaders who will go on to transform our region, nation, and global constituents is both necessary and timely.

This community has been created to assist with the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Black Males who attend AppState. The Black Male Excellence Initiative RLC will provide members with a framework that will prepare Black Males for life during and after college.

Learn more about the Black Male Excellence Initiative (BMEI) (opens in a new tab) RLC.