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BMI Site Visit, March 18, 2019
CUNY BMI Director Shawn Best visits UMAAN, March 18, 2019
Andre Cheek performing at the UMAAN Arts Showcase, 9/24/18
Andre Cheek performing at the UMAAN Arts Showcase, 9/24/18
A community of mutual support
Dean Ardie Walser engaged in a PhD Pipeline Conversation
PhD Pipeline, 10/30/18
Chess Club, 11/2018
Chess Club, 11/2018


UMAAN (Urban Mentoring and Achievement Network) is a CUNY BMI (Black Male Initiative) program on the CCNY campus. Our mission is to apply all available resources in providing assistance to participants in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree at CCNY.  UMAAN offers mentoring, tutoring, academic skills workshops, socio-emotional presentations, and information regarding scholarship and career opportunities. UMAAN also assists students with academic challenges, helps to build student self-esteem and confidence, provides information about the college’s resources and extra-curricular activities, and makes available forums to develop the ability of the participants to successfully navigate the complex currents of college life.

All programs and activities of the Black Male Initiative are open to all academically eligible students, faculty and staff, without regard to race, gender, national origin, or other characteristic.

UMAAN (BMI) maintains an active schedule of events and activities. There are weekly workshops, discussion groups, and chess tournaments. There is also a monthly artist and performer presentation series. Students are also encouraged to participate in CUNY BMI events such as the annual conference. These are always free and open to all.  Join UMAAN today.

*In affiliation with the Office of Student Engagement




Norval Soleyn
Program Director

North Academic Center
Room 4/149
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY  10031
p: 212.650.5100
f: 212.650.8548