NMSU initiative seeks to support men of color

Adriana M. Chavez

LAS CRUCES – An alarm has been sounding for the last 20 years, but finally someone is listening.

According to a recently published article in the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success by Patrick Turner, associate provost for student success at New Mexico State University, 62 percent of men of color begin their journey in higher education at a two-year institution, only 25 percent Graduated with a degree or certificate within three years.

Historically, men of color have not fared well in higher education compared to women or white men, and that has sparked Turner’s interest in not only researching the experiences of men of color at colleges and universities, but finding solutions to the challenges they face.

Two and a half years ago, Turner helped found the Men of Color initiative at NMSU. The initiative is not just for men of color – everyone regardless of color and gender identification is welcome to participate.

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