Boosting Bronco Brothers
Boosting Bronco Brothers (B3)
Fayetteville State University seeks to better improve the academic and personal success of young men through more targeted initiatives. One such initiative is “Boosting Bronco Brothers (B3) Transition Initiative” on August 14-16, 2013. Creating conditions for their success early is imperative! While FSU has an array of student support programs and practices, few engage young men early; nor do such support programs provide a focused platform for their success, a platform they may not otherwise enjoy during traditional orientation periods.The B3 transition initiative has four major goals as follows:
- Develop a set of “educational values and first-year goals” (i.e., “Statement of Educational Values and First-Year Goals”) that undergird their student success through small group followed by larger group dialogue;
- Engage men of color early in specialized and compelling workshops that address strategies for success both in and outside the classroom and laboratory settings, strategies that are particularly needed during the first four semesters in school;
- Create solid, healthy, and early interpersonal relationships among men of color through common co-curricular experiences and “brother” bonding; and
- Deliberately follow the progress of “all” participants through smaller, manageable groups; namely, through the Bronco Men Learning Community. (In this regard, each student will be assigned to a B3 small group based on the section of the Bronco Men Learning Community in which they are enrolled. Each learning community instructor will facilitate the small groups during B3 experiences followed by serving as their instructor during the academic year.
Regardless of race or ethnicity, B3 is open to “all” first-year male students, with the exception of transfer students.