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The 1st Annual CUNY BMI Spring Benefit

The City University of New York Black Male Initiative Cordially Invites You To Attend
The 1st Annual CUNY BMI Spring Benefit



On Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Moot Court Complex
524 West 59th Street, 6th Floor
NY, NY 10019

David Ushery
Anchor, NBC4 New York

Guest Speaker
David Banks
President and CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation

The Honorable Charles and Inez Barron
CUNY BMI Governmental Higher Education Award

Valerie Lancaster Beal
CUNY Board of Trustee Member
CUNY BMI Champion Award

Municipal Credit Union
CUNY BMI Philanthropic Award

Ticket Price: $100

Business Attire
Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres

All proceeds will fund CUNY BMI student development projects

Financial Freedom

Financial Freedom CUNY BMI-MCU

The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI)
And Municipal Credit Union (MCU)
Financial Freedom: Financially Fit Series and Video Competition*

The Importance of Budgeting: March 30th | 6pm -8pm
Guttman Community College 50 W 40th St, NYC| Information Commons (1st Floor)
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Identity Theft: April 13th | 6pm -8pm
Hunter College 695 Park Ave, NYC | Faculty Dining Room, Hunter West Building (8th Floor)
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* You are only eligible for the scholarship if you have attended the March 15 workshop.

The Distinguished Speaker Series was launched in October 2006 with a lecture by Dr. Shaun Harper, a researcher at the Pennsylvania State University who shared his research on African American male collegians and academic success. Subsequent topics in this series included Dr. Pedro A. Noguera on Black Masculinity and Educational Success. A panel of five distinguished CUNY faculty on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at CUNY. Damon T. Hewitt, Esq. on The School to Prison Pipeline: The Role of Race and Gender in Denying Educational Opportunity. David C. Banks, Esq. on Setting a Standard for Excellence for African American and Latino Students – The Story of the Eagle Academy for Young Men. Aaron Thomas, Senior Director of Health and Quality of Life at the National Urban League, on the Black Male Initiative: An Empowerment Movement. A panel of four distinguished professionals on exploring challenges Black gay men in Higher Education entitled, Nobody Knows My Name. A panel discussion titled, “Financial Literacy: Money 101 to Wealth Building.” And the play James Baldwin–Down From The Mountaintop, written and performed by Tony Award nominee Calvin Levels. During the 2014-15 academic year CUNY BMI will host several events as part of the Distinguished speakers Series.

The CUNY BMI Serious Talk Series served as a platform to bring CUNY BMI students from across the campuses together in one space for the purpose of discussing salient topics, leadership development, and building a cohesive student network.  Four such events took place: Know Your Rights with CUNY Board of Trustee Member Frieda Foster and Assemblyman Keith Wright, Civil Rights 2.0 with the New York Urban League Young Professional, Every Mother’s Son movie screening with the CUNY Institute for Health Equity and film producer Tami Gold, and an Undoing Racism workshop with the CUNY Office for Special Programs that featured presentations from Monica Dennis,Co-Founder of The Spirit of A Woman Leadership Development Institute, Harry J. Corbitt,  Former Superintendent of the Division of State Police, and Tony Porter, A CALL TO MEN Co-founder.