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Empowering Men of Color on Campus: Building Student Community in Higher Education
by Derrick R. Brooms, Jelisa Clark and Matthew Smith
Rutgers University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-0-8135-9479-8 | Paper: 978-0-8135-9475-0 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-9476-7
Library of Congress Classification LC2781.B758 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 378.1982


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. 

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