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The principal purpose of the University's male initiatives is to better create institutional opportunities that undergird the academic and personal success of young men enrolled at Fayetteville State University. Ultimately, FSU seeks to increase the rates at which men persist to graduation through targeted initiatives and practices: 

  1. "Boosting Bronco Brothers Transition to FSU Initiative" (B3)  

  2. Bronco "MILE" (Male Initiative on Leadership & Excellence)

  3. My Brother's Peer-Keepers Initiative 

The male initiatives are staffed by:

  1. Dr. D. Jason DeSousa, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of        the Male Initiatives, ddesousa@uncfsu.edu, 910.672.2687. FaceBook: D. Jason DeSousa  
  2. Mr. B. Dexter Sharp II, Coordinator of Academic Resources and Coordinator of Male Initiatives and Acting Coordinator of Student Persistence and Graduation, bdsharp01@uncfsu.edu. 910.672.2926.  
  3. Ms. Carolyn Newman, Administrative Assistant. cnewman@uncfsu.edu, 910.672.2686  
  4. Ms. Shannon Manley, 2014-2015 Graduate and Research Assistant, smanley@broncos.uncfsu.edu, 910.672.2686  
  5. A cadre of My Brother's Peer-Keepers who are upper division students well-trained in peer-mentoring.

Why Join?

As one student expressed, "The MILE is home away from home." Another longstanding member stated that, "If not for the MILE, I'm not sure if I would still be in college. I graduate in May 2015." An entering student who participated in the three-day intensive Boosting Bronco Brothers Transition to FSU Initiative" opined that, "The B3 was like a 'nav' system that carefully and guided him successfully through his first-year at FSU." (He finished the 2013-2014 AY with a 3.8 cumulative GPA despite being an average high school student.)

Students join the B3 and the MILE for various reasons. The common thread is the sense of educational purpose that exudes the male initiatives. Peer-keepers are at the heart of students' success in the initiatives. They function as a GPS, directing students in the right directions academically and personally, while staff are mindful of keeping students away from the blind spots of college.

Regardless of background, race, age, cultural affiliations and identities, religion, viewpoints, academic talents all are welcome to join. The MILE's sister organization-Saving our Sisters (SOS)-provides opportunities for women. The MILE enjoys collaborative experiences and programs with SOS. Women interested in joining SOS should contact Mrs. April Raines at 910.672.1119 Some noteworthy accomplishments include:      

  • Promising data about students who participate in the male initiatives. For example, 92% of students who participated in B3 during the 2013-2014 academic year finished in good academic standing;     
  • Members of the MILE, on average, had higher cumulative grade point averages than their counterparts;    
  • Many B3 and MILE students enjoy campus leadership positions, including
    • The 2014-2015, 2012-2013, and 2012-2011 SGA President
    • The 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013 Mr. FSU
    • Many B3 and MILE students eventually join internationally-recognized fraternities
  • Several B3 and MILE members have engaged in service-learning and/or study travel to locations such as New York City, NY; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; St. Helena Island, SC; and Charleston, SC.

FSU students interested in learning about and/or joining a male initiative are encouraged to visit with us in the Helen T. Chick Building, Room 201, 202, 203, 204, and 207.   To facilitate joining, feel free to call us at 910.672.2686 and/or completing an application (Boosting Bronco Brothers or Bronco MILE).

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