Thanks to the leadership of and generous funding from the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the Howard University School of Business became one of three universities to pilot the ELC Black Male Initiative. While the program began in Fall 2021, the impact of COVID delayed its full launch in the manner it was originally envisioned. The program was fully launched with incoming students in Fall 2022, even as we all continued to endure the impact of COVID, coupled with attacks on HBCUs in the form of bomb threats, and a variety of other challenges due to our current environment. In the midst of this, we have witnessed the resilience of our student body as we have created a space that is safe for them to learn, grow, explore and overcome together. This ELC funded initiative, coined the “You Lead Male Initiative” on Howard’s campus, has been central to our ability to create this space and ensure the incoming students identifying as male on our campus have the support they need to succeed and thrive.
Dr. Koyah Alston