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In the summer of 2018, students and faculty spent 1 week in Cuba where they visited Havana, Matanzas, and Vinales.

BMEN Immersion Trip: Cuba 2018

VT BMEN, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Cuban Culture and the Economy, sponsored a trip to Cuba in June 2018. The trip was a culturally immersive experience that focused on the Afro-Cuban experience.

Barbershop Talk Series

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
“Current State of Black Men”

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
“Power Dynamics”

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Barbershop Talk Series will assist Virginia Tech students in spending one meeting per month at Harvey’s Barbershop  conversing about topics pertinent to [Black] males and then have opportunities to interact with local community members. Historically, the barbershop has been known to be a place of diverse dialogue and awareness for every community and men. This series is a brave space that grants males the opportunity to view themselves, engage in critical thinking conversations, and assess the ways in which males are viewed in society.  

This non-traditional learning space for Black males allows the Student Success Center to broaden our connection to students, faculty/staff and community members. The series has allowed Black male students to be connected to campus resources such as tutoring, sense of belonging (SAAB), and Hokie Wellness. This promising practice allows the student success center to broaden our outreach efforts through the Uplifting Black Male Conference by receiving student input on their expectations for the conference.

Learning Outcomes 

  • By participating in this session, Black men will be able to recall their pre-college experiences that has helped them to arrive at Virginia Tech 
    • Student, faculty or staff participants will be able to describe many experiences that have helped them develop their racial identity 
  • By participating in this session, Black men will be able to examine their socio-political position in society and examine many misconceptions or stereotypes 
    • Students, faculty, or staff participants will be able to discuss many of the barriers that might hinder them in being identified as a “man”
  • By participating in this session, Black men will be able to recommend best practices for social and academic achievement while at Virginia Tech
    • Students, faculty or staff participants will be able to list available resources that many Black male students might not know of.   

Program Discussions

  • Adapting to Virginia Tech 
  • Dating Violence 
  • Manhood/Masculinity
  • Mental Health 
  • Racial Profiling/Microaggressions

BMEN Success Coaching  

Academic success coaching allows students to:

  • Create an individualized plan to achieve success
  • Identify potential obstacles and challenges, and connect students to resources.
  • Gain specific skills that will assist in achieving goals
  • Reflect on progress
  • Topics can include:
    • Mentorship opportunities
    • Internships/Undergraduate Research
    • Academic coaching
    • Connection to campus resources
    • General Advice


The BMEN initiative is a significant university effort to increase Black Male student success and alumni engagement at Virginia Tech.

We encourage alumni to engage in this initiative by:

  • signing up as mentors, resources or speakers for future programs
  • providing students with access to opportunities
  • engage by supporting our BMEN Fund or mobilizing others to do the same (for programs, scholarships, community service trips)
  • consider developing activities that would help support the success of this initiative and our students.


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