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The Urban Male Leadership Program at Lehman College

March 1, 2010

Lehman students discuss the positive impact that the Urban Male Leadership Program has had on their personal and academic lives.

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The Urban Male Leadership Program is a program designed to help black and Latino males with retention in higher education. With that, we've created different components within the Urban Male Leadership Program. Such as the mentorship program, academic intervention and success. We have leadership-- retreats. We also have distinguished speaker series events. So, we have an array of different components throughout the Urban Male Leadership Program, to help successfully graduate students. We are working at bringing forth greatness one start at a time.



I was made aware of summer medical dental program at Yale University, through the help of UML program-- I was able to get recommendations to send off to the organization. And luckily, I was accepted. It was-- six weeks that-- really made a-- indelible mark in my life. Really enforced the fact that I want to become a doctor, the traits that I have are-- needed for the profession.



The young men and women the Urban Leadership Program, they go out to the-- the various schools. Middle schools and high schools-- the community colleges, Hostos, and Bronx Community Colleges, and they basically go out and they recruit, to basically say that you too, you can come out here as well, for whatever you may endure within your communities, whatever you're enduring at-- enduring at home, you can also take this four year walk, and then begin to go into med school, law school, and so forth.



My second semester here, at Lehman, my mom's condition-- which she had-- breast cancer, had worsened, and a few months later, she passed away. I had to care for my brother and my sister, basically. I was in-- need of housing, and I had lost my job, as well. And so I had come to Professor Deas, I had let him know my-- my personal situation, and he was definitely open to assisting me. I'm currently living in the Lehman housing, and I have a single right now, and I'm lovin' it. It's a beautiful situation.



I believe if Dr. King could witness this program, he would be so honored to understand that we are trying to keep the vision, keeping the dream alive, by working with all students, working with all people, working in collaborations to help students to achieve to the next level. We are not just talking about creating leaders, we are here to change lives.

I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, and live out its true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. I have a dream. I have a dream that one day, in the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream.