The Urban Review

, Volume 51, Issue 5, pp 748–767 | Cite as

Not in This Alone: Black Men’s Bonding, Learning, and Sense of Belonging in Black Male Initiative Programs

  • Derrick R. BroomsEmail author


This multisite qualitative study explored the narratives of Black male college students’ engagement experiences in a Black Male Initiative (BMI) program across three different campuses. To better understand the students’ narratives and experiences, sense of belonging was employed as a theoretical frame to investigate how the participants made meaning from their engagement. The findings suggest that the BMI program provided students with a unique cultural community that enhanced how they felt valued and their persistence in college. In particular, students identified bonding with their Black male peers and learning from Black men connected to the program as central components of the BMI community. That deepened their sense of self and deepened their sense of mattering.


Black males Student engagement Black Male Initiatives Peer support Sense of belonging 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology A&SUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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