Projects of the BT2P Community

Oregon State University Minority Males Success Initiative


As the state’s only land grant institution, OSU is also committed to supporting the ethnically under-served populations in the state. In 2015, OSU faced a challenge in retaining and graduating men of color, specifically Black, Latino, and Native American populations. In response to a high need area of retention and well-being, OSU’s Bringing Theory to Practice project, supported by a Well-Being Research Grant, sought to build a Minority Males Success Initiative. One goal of this initiative was to academically, socially, and emotionally stimulate the ambitions of historically underrepresented males at OSU to ensure their success in the academy, community, as well as in their personal and professional lives. A second goal was to create programmatic and faculty supports as well as cultural and social capital through an active Men of Color Alumni Network and a Council of Elders. The aim of this project was to change the experience of men of color who attend OSU and promote a culture of inclusion that is infused structurally and programmatically.


Oregon State University

Institutional Type:

  • Doctoral university, high research


  • Student well-being
  • Equity and inclusion