The Black Male Excellence Network (BMEN)

In alignment with President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative - The Black Male Excellence Network (BMEN) is an Academic Support and Leadership Development program aimed at championing the success of Black Male Students at Purdue!


We seek to shape future scholars and leaders through teaching, mentorship, and advocacy; creating a stronger network of support for black men on campus.


To build a community that focuses on advancing the success of Black men at Purdue University, by assisting in the recognition, cultivating, and activating of their agency.


BMEN programming consists of, but are not limited to:

  • Program Orientation
  • Fall Retreat
  • Leadership Development Seminars
  • National Black Male Retreat (Traveling Conference to The Ohio State University).
  • Etiquette Dinners
  • Personal and Professional Development Lecture Series


  • Black & Latino Male Summit
  • BMEN Conference at Virginia Tech (March 24-25, 2017)


The Black Male Excellence Network places a strong focus on relationship building, therefore all program participants will have the opportunity to be mentored by peers as well as a faculty/staff of color. The group is open to all, but geared toward the needs of the Black men at Purdue.


William Smith IIWilliam Smith II
Director of International Programs
Coordinator of The Black Male Excellence Network

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