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It is never too early to begin exploring your future. Here at Men of Color Engagement you will find dedicated individuals who want to ensure your success. Please explore this site as we develop it to include important information related to the advancement of men of color at college campuses across North Carolina.


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Get Involved at UNC Before Applying:

  • UNC Admissions – Office of Undergraduate Admissions, for all your admissions related needs.
  • Project Uplift – Project Uplift is a special program that enables high-achieving rising seniors to experience college life on the Carolina campus.
  • Upward Bound – Upward Bound serves students that are from low-income and first generation backgrounds at 6 target high schools in Chatham, Durham, and Lee counties.
  • Carolina Center for Educational Excellence – A wide range of educational opportunities and programs for elementary and middle school students.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  1. Why is it necessary to have a Men of Color Engagement Initiative?
    • Our goal is to improve graduation and retention among underrepresented men of color on campus. Every student will struggle academically at some point during their college experience, but unfortunately some demographic groups receive less support than others. It is our intention to help men of color receive the tools they need to be successful here at UNC – Chapel Hill and beyond. After years of planning and development, this program was created to address the inequities experienced by men of color on our campus. To learn more about graduation and retention rates for men of color on campus, please visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.
  2. Do I need to be a Male of Color to Participate in your Initiative?
    • The Men of Color Engagement Initiative is designed to help address graduation and retention issues for males from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in higher education (African-American, Latino, American Indian). With this mentioned, the Men of Color Engagement does not exclude based on identity and welcomes any and all individuals interested in participating in our initiative.
  3. What do you mean when you say PWI?
    • PWI, or predominately white institution, is often used by academics to denote colleges and universities whose student population is at least 50% white. Many of these institutions, such as UNC – Chapel Hill prevented  African-Americans and other communities of color from attending until the mid-Twentieth Century. The Men of Color Engagement Initiative was designed to address many of the issues males of color experience at predominately white institutions.
  4. I am trying to find more information about UNC’s admission requirements. Where am I able to find this information?
  5. Why is there a Men of Color Engagement Initiative and not a Women of Color Engagement Initiative?
    • The Men of Color Engagement Initiative was created to address the graduation and retention needs for underrepresented men of color on campus, which at the time of our creation were lower than all other demographic sub groups. Current efforts are being undertaken to create a future project that will address the needs for underrepresented women of color.


Different Schools, Similar Missions:

Men of Color Engagement is not the only minority-male achievement initiative available within the UNC System. Other schools have been making great strides towards enhancing the success of minority males within their own campus communities. Here are a few examples of some of the awesome work placed forward by our colleagues at other institutions  (Men of Color Engagement is neither affiliated with nor endorses the practices, positions, or opinions of any third-party initiative. Please consult the designated links below for further information.):


Men of Color Engagement is not affiliated with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This web page is not intended to supplement or replace any requirements established by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Any admissions-related information presented here is based solely on past student experiences. Please consult the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for all official information.