Empowering Men of Color on Campus: Building Student Community in Higher Education

Empowering Men of Color on Campus: Building Student Community in Higher Education


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While recruitment efforts toward men of color have increased at many colleges and universities, their retention and graduation rates still lag behind those of their white peers. Men of color, particularly black and Latino men, face a number of unique challenges in their educational careers that often impact their presence on campus and inhibit their collegiate success. Empowering Men of Color on Campus examines how men of color negotiate college through their engagement in Brothers for United Success (B4US), an institutionally-based male-centered program at a Hispanic Serving Institution. Derrick R. Brooms, Jelisa Clark, and Matthew Smith introduce the concept of educational agency, which is harbored in cultural wealth and demonstrates how ongoing B4US engagement empowers the men’s efforts and abilities to persist in college. They found that the cultural wealth(s) of the community enhanced the students’ educational agency, which bolstered their academic aspirations, academic and social engagement, and personal development. The authors demonstrate how educational agency and cultural wealth can be developed and refined given salient and meaningful immersions, experiences, engagements, and communal connections. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813594750
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 05/07/2018
Series: The American Campus
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

DERRICK R. BROOMS is an associate professor of sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He is the author of Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences.

JELISA CLARK is a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

MATTHEW SMITH is a doctoral student in the School of Educational Studies program at Claremont Graduate University in California. He is also the director of Educational Partnerships at California State University Dominquez Hills.

Table of Contents

1 Men of Color in Higher Education
2 Race, Resilience, and Naming One’s Own Reality in the Transition to College    
3 Building Community from Cultural Wealth(s)
4 Engaging and Empowering Black and Latino Men through Leadership               
5 (Re)Imagining and (Re)Writing the Narrative                                                        
6 Supporting Men of Color’s Success Efforts
Appendices and Conclusion
About the Authors 


  1. The interdisciplinary framework of this text will make it attractive to a broad audience, including student affairs professionals and academic researchers and practitioners including education, sociology, psychology, ethnic studies (including Black/African American and Latino), and gender studies.
  2. It will contribute qualitative research to the field of men of color and education that is still much needed. Because of its focus on the intersections of race and gender within an educational context and its accessible language, this book is appropriate for upper-division and graduate-level courses.
  3. More specifically, this book can be considered for adoption in courses focusing on the following topics: (a) sociology of education; (b) education, race and gender; (c) race and ethnicity; (d) higher education; (e) African and/or Latin American studies; and (f) critical race theory.
  4. Will appeal to some general readers interested in topics of race, gender, male bonding, black, African American, Latino studies, and higher education.

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