Eighth Annual Black Male Leadership Initiative Preview Day to Welcome More than 300 students to LSU

BATON ROUGE – On Monday, Oct. 22, the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative, or BMLI; Office of Multicultural Affairs; Office of Diversity; LSU administrators, professors and other supporting entities will welcome more than 300 males of color, grades 7 through 9, to the 8th Annual Preview Day for Males of Color.

Preview Day is a key factor in defying the dangerous and often deadly odds faced by black male youth today. This event is designed to provide young males of color with insight into college life, encourage preparation for college while still in middle or high school, and highlight the experiences of black college men at LSU. Middle and high schools from districts/parishes from across the state of Louisiana will be attending this event.

During Preview Day, students will tour LSU’s campus, engage in various workshops, meet LSU BMLI Fellows and speak with current students, faculty, staff and graduate students about the college experience.

“Preview day provides men of color with an opportunity to experience at a young age a place where they can see themselves in the near future. Often times the thought of college especially at a young age for men of color is hard to imagine because it is rare that family members or friends has attended. The encouragement from this event lights a fire underneath all those who attend, while also showing these men that all things are possible in life regardless of the obstacles,” said BMLI Fellow Douglas Myers.

Who Will Attend:  LSU President F. King Alexander; Dereck Rovaris, vice provost for diversity and chief diversity officer; Roland Mitchell, interim dean, LSU College of Human Sciences & Education; Chaunda Allen Mitchell, executive director, Diversity and Inclusion/director of drug policy; LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative Fellows; and Evante Topp, assistant director of Multicultural Affairs
What:  8th Annual LSU BMLI Preview Day for Males of Color
When:  Monday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

About the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative
The overall mission of the LSU BMLI is to increase the retention, graduation and participation rates for males of color at LSU. BMLI provides professional and personal development, mentoring, and connects our BMLI Fellows with campus faculty, staff and resources. BMLI works to help solidify how attending college, particularly LSU, can provide academically and socially relevant experiences particularly for young Black males and other students of color who are often targets of unfortunate circumstances even before they reach college.  



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