Male Development Center
The Male Development & Empowerment Center was established in the year 2000 with the purpose of increasing the male student population at Medgar Evers College. Across the United States, higher education has experienced a crisis in male participation. Medgar Evers College became one of the first institutions in the nation to positively and proactively attempt to recruit, retain, and graduate male students.
The Mission of MDEC
To create an ongoing learning community of male students organized around academic support, social interaction, civic engagement and personal development for the purpose of assisting students to persist to graduation.
How the Male Development & Empowerment Center Operates
Academic Support: MDEC offers academic support through peer-to-peer and cohort tutoring, assistance in study and test-taking skills, time management, workshops on research involvement, scholarships awareness workshops. MDEC holds discussion groups, review sessions, and workshops for students in specific courses or areas of study. The tutoring staff includes peer tutors chosen for academic excellence in their chosen fields.
Civic Engagement: MDEC encourages students to get involved through Civic and Community Engagement encourages students to get involved through working relationships with the school and the community. Emphasizes the importance of giving back to the community, instilling a sense of civic responsibility in students, and empowering them to make a difference by staying informed and taking action.
Career Awareness and Readiness: MDEC provides extensive support for the development and implementation of student career plans through collaborations with on-campus and external partners. MDEC seeks to bring awareness to employment opportunities and internships for students.
Fitness and Wellness: MDEC enhances the student(s) learning experience by providing fitness, nutrition, and mental health programs. Collaborate with services and facilities that promote healthy lifestyles, build community, and foster student success.
Art and Cultural Expressions: MDEC provides students with various outlets to express themselves through Art and Culture. MDEC collaborates internally and externally to expose students to multiple forms of cultural and artistic expressions like poetry, music, literature, debate, dance, etc., and encourages students to become self-aware of their own culture and enhance cultural diversity.
The MDEC program includes all regardless of age, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.
To provide and connect male students to various systems of support that will lead to continuous satisfactory progress towards degree completion.
To contribute to the improvement of enrollment and graduation rates of under -represented populations, particularly male students.
To participate in coordinated efforts to recruit students to Medgar Evers College from various areas of the community.
To identify, promote, raise and advocate for issues that directly impact male students.
To use credible research to support the academic and social needs of male undergraduate students
To develop & increase campus and community collaborations
To build broad public support for MDEC programs & services
Pi Eta Kappa Honor Society
Pi Eta Kappa, the academic fraternity and honor society for urban males, was established by Dr. Edison O. Jackson, President Emeritus of Medgar Evers College, in April, 2007. PEK’s mission is to:
encourage, stimulate and maintain academic excellence in scholarship
promote and support exemplary ethical standards in all conduct
train responsible and respected leaders in all fields of human endeavor
Membership in Pi Eta Kappa is by invitation only. Students are invited if they attain a 3.3 GPA and have at least 30 credits.
Men of Determination
The Men of Determination (M.O.D) is a collective of male students who come together to encourage and support each other in their academic and individual pursuits. There is no GPA requirement to join this group.
Men of Medgar Week
Every spring semester MDEC sponsors a week-long celebration of male students at Medgar Evers College that includes workshops, symposia, lectures, social events and special events. It is an opportunity to provide a forum to highlight the achievements of certain members of the College, as well as the surrounding community. One of the central events of this celebration is the annual “Men of Medgar In Suits” in which male students dress professionally and stylishly and participate in a walk across campus.
Math Masters Collaborative
The Math Masters Collaboration offers an opportunity for college students to demonstrate leadership and provide service to the community by tutoring/mentoring middle school students through math. The program is a partnership between MDEC, the MEC Math Department, and middle schools MS 61 and PS 375. It includes an afterschool program, a Saturday Academy, and a summer camp. Leadership Development & Brotherhood Mentoring Through the Pi Eta Kappa Honor Society and the Men of Determination, we attempt to give male students an opportunity to learn and experience leadership. MDEC, in addition, sponsors both academic and leadership workshops for all students during the academic year. The program hosts monthly Barbershop events designed to give male students a safe space to dialogue with each other on pertinent topics and to receive a free haircut. In addition, there are regular Medgar Men Check-Ins that are held to keep student’s relationship with the program ongoing and to connect students for tutoring and mentoring. The Brotherhood mentoring seeks to encourage, support, and develop young men with a determination of success in both academia and society. By having faculty, staff and students serve as mentors to those that register with the program, early identification of stumbling blocks in academic performance allows for quick intervention or prevention. Through group and individual structured mentoring, designed to give male students a safe space to dialogue with each other on pertinent topics and to receive a free haircut. In addition, there are regular Medgar Men Check-Ins that are held to keep student’s relationship with the program on-going and to connect students for tutoring and mentoring. The Brotherhood mentoring seeks to encourage, support and develop young men with a determination of success in both academia and society. By having faculty, staff and students serve as mentors to those that register with the program, early identification of stumbling blocks in academic performance allows for quick intervention or prevention. Through group and individual structured mentoring,
Location: 1150 Carroll St., Suite: M8, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Days & Hours of Operations: Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tel: (718) 270-6405