Also see: Videos on Men’s Issues – Men of Color
The American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM) is a nonprofit organization established by the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation, descendants of the aboriginal people who populated South Texas and Northeast Mexico. The organization works for the preservation and protection of the culture and traditions of the Native American tribes and other indigenous people who resided in the Spanish colonial missions.
Ron Mason, president of the Southern University System in Louisiana, is taking a comprehensive approach to uplifting and empowering Black men. In 2012, he launched the Five Fifths Agenda for America, a national effort to reclaim and develop Black male human capital that has four goals.
The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence is a national resource center and clearinghouse on gender violence in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.
(by: Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D.) – Abstract with link to bibliography (9 pages) – This comprehensive bibliography includes 62 books, reports, and peer-reviewed journal articles pertaining to Black undergraduate men. Topics include college access, achievement, masculinities and identity development, and the experiences of Black gay men, student-athletes, and fraternity members, to name a few.
(by: Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D) – Abstract – Link to writing (33 pages) – Black men’s dismal college enrollments, disengagement and underachievement, and low rates of baccalaureate degree completion are among the most pressing and complex issues in American higher education. To increase their educational attainment, the popular one-sided emphasis on failure and low-performing Black male undergraduates must be counterbalanced with insights gathered from those who somehow manage to navigate their way to and through higher education, despite all that is stacked against them.
Black Men and Boys 2025Mission: To collaboratively develop and implement an initiative for the educational, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, political and economic development and empowerment of African descendant men and boys in the United States.
(by: Elwood Watson from Diverse Issues in Higher Education, December 6, 2012) A few weeks ago on November 6, election night 2012, more than 40 Hampden Sydney College students rallied outside the campus Black Fraternity house and Student Union residence shouting racial epithets, hurling beer bottles and engaging in other forms of violent behavior. Students, faulty, staff, and university administration officials of the all-male institution, including the college president, who is Black, expressed genuine shock that such an ugly spectacle erupted on the all-male campus and have vowed to take proactive steps in an effort to prevent future acts of intolerance.
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. The organization focuses on issues such as leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, sexism and misogyny, political education and social justice, Pan-African and Latino history, and global awareness.
A Call for Change: Providing Solutions for Black Male Achievement (downloadable ebook)
In October 2010, the Council of the Great City Schools released a major report on the academic status of African American males, A Call for Change: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools. The report was the first phase of the Council’s efforts to recommit the energies of the nation’s urban public school systems to improving the quality of education for African American males nationwide.
(Edited by Christopher Edley, Jr. and Jorge Ruiz de Velasco, downloadable book) This book draws attention to the urgent need—both economic and moral—to better understand the policy and community-based factors that serve as incentives or barriers to young men and boys of color as they make critical life decisions. This volume draws attention to the potential of a public policy focus on young men and boys of color as a high-leverage strategy for promoting an agenda for equitable, sustainable, healthy communities in California and across the Nation.
Clan Star, Inc. is devoted to improving justice to strengthen the sovereignty of Indigenous women through legal, legislative, and policy initiatives, and, education and awareness; Clan Star provides technical assistance, training and consultation throughout the United States to Indian tribes and tribal organizations in the development of public policy strategies addressing violence against women.
CBM’s vision was to fill the void of positive black male role models in many communities by providing mentors and programs that affirmed the care and discipline that all youth need, while providing opportunities for academic and career enrichment. While the vision of CBM’s founding members has expanded to include children and their parents nationwide, the philosophy of men offering themselves as positive role models to children has remained CBM’s mission for more than 30 years.
(Editor: Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D) – Abstract – Diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion are values espoused by most colleges and universities; yet many educators, including those in student affairs, expect students to “magically” interact with peers from different cultural backgrounds on their own. This book shows how to capitalize in educationally meaningful ways on the diversity that exists on campuses across the nation. It offers forward-thinking strategies and examples of good practice that will reshape the way readers think about approaching the work of multicultural education.
(Josh Jasper’s Blog, June 20, 2013) I was 22 years old and enlisted in the Marine Corps when I first befriended a black man. Years later, Sean, an African-American friend turned to me (a police officer was following their car) and told me that if the police officer tried to pull him over, he was not going to stop until he got home and was parked in his driveway. I knew he was serious and I could see the fear in his eyes.
To learn more about the impact of these issues on survivors of sexual assault in Indian country and to begin to address these problems, OVW convened a focus group of stakeholders in Public Law 280 jurisdictions to discuss problems and share ideas for collaborative solutions.
(Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, May 1, 2013) African American men delay going to the doctor because they do not trust the health care system, not because they want to appear tough or self-reliant, Powell Hammond and colleagues found in one study of 610 Black men aged 20 and older in the four states. Perceived racism and past racial discrimination is the primary cause of this mistrust, according to Hammond and her colleagues.
The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) is an organization focused on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence – including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence. IDVAAC’s mission is to enhance society’s understanding of and ability to end violence in the African-American community.
(by: Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., John A. Kuykendall, Ph.D.) – Abstract – Link to writing (8 pages) – Black men’s dismal college enrollments, disengagement and underachievement, and high college dropout rates have garnered tremendous attention at national conferences, in the media, and in published scholarship over the past 15 years. In this article, we present eight standards that postsecondary educators and administrators should use to design, implement, and assess Black male initiatives.
(by: Allie Grasgreen, Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2013) Most people who are not straight white men would probably smirk at the idea that straight white men feel alienated in the higher education workplace. Those who smirk, Sandra Miles said here at the annual conference of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, are hindering meaningful discussion about race.
Mending The Sacred Hoop is committed to strengthening the voice and vision of Native peoples. We work to end violence against Native women and children while restoring the safety, sovereignty, and sacredness of Native women. We work from a social change perspective that relies upon grassroots efforts to restore the leadership of Native women.
Muslim Advocates Against Violence (MAAV) is a national network of Muslim women advocates who are committed to ending violence against women and supporting healthy communities.
NCN is a national effort whose focus is the reinforcement of the positive involvement of Latino males in their families, communities, and society.
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) was created specifically to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women.
The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is a North-America wide organization working on issues of healthy sexuality, cultural competency, youth empowerment, reproductive justice, and sex positivity by and for Native youth.
(By: Kai M Green, Everyday Feminism, April 5, 2013)“Straighten out your wrist, Brotha!” When my boxing coach yelled these words, I knew his call was about more than perfecting my jab. I have experienced the demands of Black masculinity and the responses to my failure to perform properly are not alI that different from the experiences of failed masculinity that I felt within Black lesbian communities.
(by: Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D., 90 pages) Plotting the Path Away from Juvenile Detention and Toward Academic Success for School-age
African-American Males analyzes the responses of a spectrum of black males: high achievers and low achievers; those with arrest records and those without; those who have participated in delinquent activities and those who have not; those who go to safe schools and those who do not; and those who live in safe communities and those who do not.
(by: Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D., 54 pages) –
The present study explored factors that statistically improve educational outcomes for African-American males by analyzing academic success
indicators from four national surveys: Health Behavior in School-age Children (HBSC: N=1225), National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement (NCVS-SCS: N=849), National Survey of America’s Families (NSAF: N=2497) and National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH: N=1208).
YCteen publishes true stories by teens, giving readers insight into the issues that matter most in young people’s lives. (4 stories)
(Editors: Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., Lori D. Patton, Ph.D.) – Abstract – This volume illuminates several realities regarding racism, cross-racial interaction, race-based educational inequities, and campus racial climates in higher education. Authors describe how student learning and development are stifled by the mistreatment of race as a taboo topic on most college and university campuses.
Sacred Circles incorporates Aztec/Mayan and other indigenous teachings, dance, storytelling and imagery to inspire, enlighten, and heal.
Dr. Harper’s research examines race and gender in higher education, Black male college access and achievement, and college student engagement. He has published 9 books and more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications
+ see related: This is Not Accountability; This is Not Feminism
(by Emi Koyama, Shakesville, August 14, 2013) Last week I attended the Forging Justice conference in Detroit, which was jointly sponsored by National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) and HAVEN, a domestic violence and sexual assault agency in Oakland County, Michigan. … Worst of all, Brannon and other members of NOMAS did not bother to ask any questions at my presentation, or approach me privately to discuss their concerns or disagreements; they just censored my presentation, threatened to interrupt and shut it down, and talked disparagingly about me, not with me, as if I did not belong in the feminist conversations over issues that directly affect me and my community. … (Please read the list of demands to NOMAS that women who attended Forging Justice came up with, and support our effort. (NOTE: it is difficult to succinctly quote this author in describing what she experienced. A sampling of several statements is above.)
During this day-long symposium, participants will examine the “promising practices” and “lessons learned” from two initiatives: the Minority Male STEM Initiative (MMSI) of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Meyerhoff Scholars Program of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC).
(by: Jamie Utt, Everyday Feminism, August 20, 2013)
Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of White people screaming about racism. I wish these were anti-racist ally White people who were speaking about the prison industrial complex or about systems of privilege and oppression, but no. These are White folks who are claiming that the Obamacare tax on tanning beds is “racist” against White people.
(by: Melissa McEwan, Shakesville, August 19, 2013) I am writing this follow-up with the explicit consent of Emi Koyama. Last week, Emi Koyama published her account of being silenced and intimidated by members of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) at the Forging Justice conference, along with a list of demands for meaningful accountability, cosigned by HAVEN organizers and other attendees. Since then, a couple of things have happened.
The mission of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male is to examine and address critical issues in society that impact the quality of life for African American males throughout the lifespan. The Center plans to achieve these goals by conducting robust research studies and evaluations that inform social policy and theory on African American males and developing research-based programs, models, and initiatives that could be replicated at other institutions. To this end, the Center expects to serve as a national resource for those individuals interested in learning about best practices and groundbreaking research on African American males throughout the lifespan.
a group of oakland based muslims have started a zine to confront, share, name and re-imagine experiences of islamophobia. surviving and being a muslim in this poltiical moment is a constant struggle and political act. his zine is to lift up the perspectives of often untold muslims – the radicals, queers, fabulous and fierce folks – through adding narratives of navigating the spectrum of practice, belief, ideology, sect, gender and islamophobia.
The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is a comprehensive website established in June 1997 to serve as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country.
Peggy McIntosh’s 1986 speech
WOCN is a national grassroots initiative dedicated to building the capacity of women of color advocates and activists responding to violence against women in communities of color.