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Blazer Male Excellence Network



The BMEN Peer Mentoring Program is designed to provide academic and social support to Black male students entering UAB. BMEN’s overall goal is to improve the quality of life for the new student by partnering a returning student with a new student, and by staff providing information on navigating the collegiate experience inside and outside the classroom. The mentors are selected each spring and go through extensive training to offer the best services possible.

At UAB, improving the retention and graduation rates of its students is a primary objective of the University. Nationally, black males have the lowest retention rate of any group on most college campuses. The BMEN Peer Mentoring Program is one way to connect black males to the University and help them successfully transition to UAB.

Program Objectives

  • Provide students with the resources, via their mentors, that will enable them to achieve their educational goals.
  • Increase retention and graduation rates by providing students with valuable information via their mentors
  • Provide mentors and mentees with the opportunity to become leaders.
  • Help mentors and mentees grow personally, intellectually, and professionally, and share and apply new knowledge and information to their mentor and mentee roles.
  • Enhance the relationship between the University and its students.