Male Success Initiative

Male Success Initiative. Stanislaus State. Mentorship. Achievement. Leadership Development. Empowerment.


The Male Success Initiative (MSI) at Stanislaus State will foster student growth and academic success by nurturing spaces where men of color and self-identified men feel safe to be purposefully vulnerable, live in their authentic truths, and be empowered to be agents of social change. MSI will inspire transformative learning through intentional programs, meaningful dialogues, & community building that will advocate for the dismantling of toxic heteronormative traits. The core of our work will revolve around reconstructing and healing from negative ideologies by promoting self-reflection, critical thinking, and empathy.

The Male Success Initiative will proactively equip students with resources and skills to thrive in their educational journey. We aim to engage our participants by organizing a series of programs and services dedicated to addressing systemic inequities, academic achievement gaps, and persistence to graduation. 


In collaboration with campus and community stakeholders, MSI is committed to the academic and career success of traditionally marginalized men. Building upon the four pillars of success: Mentoring, Achievement, Leadership Development, & Empowerment, MSI provides opportunities that will foster growth and holistic wellbeing.

Pillars of Success

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We establish a strong network of individuals to guide and support each other.


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We aim to increase graduation and retention rates through tailored academic success services and programming.


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Leadership Development

We provide transformative leadership opportunities critical to student development and student success

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We will holistically serve our men on campus to heal from toxic gender roles and advance the work of marginalized communities.





How to Participate

For more information on how to participate, please complete the MSI Interest Form or contact the Male Success Initiative via phone at (209) 667-3998 or email at

April Events

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Housing Justice Now! Workshop



A panel discussion with campus and community agencies on the impacts of the US Governement through redlining, segregation, racially restrictive covenants, structural and environmental oppression and other mechanisms of control.

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Barbershop Talks-Black Men's Alliance


Barbershop talks- Black Men's Alliance Edition is a reoccurring series where men have critical and empowering conversations regarding issues that affect men. These dialogues are opportunities for men to engage and support each other. We take this opportunity to share wisdom and opportunities for growth. All are welcome!

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A Workplace Divided: How to Create LGBTQ+ Inclusive Spaces


Workplace isolation and double standards faced by LGBTQ+ folks uncover the pressures to hide sexual or gendered identities. This event will highlight the stories and experiences of navigating careers and the issues that members of the LGBTQ+ comunity face.

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Barbershop Talks: Asian Connection Club


Barbershop talks-ACC edition is a healing circle that will provide an opportunity to have curageous discussion surrounding the rise in anti-asian hate crimes.


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Men's Circle


In collaboration with Fresno State & Humboldt State, this Men’s Circle will create and encourage a supportive dialogue for voicing emotional honesty, creating outlets of expression, and working actively to combat the association of weakness that stems from being vulnerable about challenges self-identified men typically have.



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Our Response to COVID-19

Male Success Initiative in Remote Operations through Spring 2021.

The Male Success Initiative will be operating remotely through the Summer and Fall 2020 terms. We will be available to answer your questions via email and telephone. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during these difficult times. Please visit the campus COVID-19 webpage for the latest information on safety and campus operations.

Updated: April 5, 2021. The WCCC is a unit of the Division of Student Affairs.