Men of Excellence

Men of Excellence is a program that focuses on undergraduate and graduate students at Wichita State University. This group supports the Men of Color (MoC) at this institution and the experiences that they share.

Men of Excellence will:

  • Provide a space that strengthens the bonds between men
  • Create a network between the students, staff, faculty and alumni of color
  • Develop leaders, improve communication and collaboration
  • Strengthen values and self-esteem

This builds a community that focuses on self-reflection, identity development, self-efficacy, and celebrating the cultural influences that shape the lives of people of color.

Structure

  • Students who participate in Men of Excellence will be able to identify at least one peer and one professional to create a network that contributes to their personal, professional and/or academic development.
  • As a result of participating in this group, students will be able to demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills that help them foster self-development.
  • By the end of the academic year, students will be able to recognize how their personal identities contribute to Wichita State University and/or society.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes describes what Men of Excellence are able to demonstrate in terms of knowledge, skills and values upon their participation in the group.

Leadership Development

Developing our men into leaders is vital to this support group as leadership development expands the capacity of individuals to perform in leadership roles within organizations.

Collaboration

Collaboration is a soft skill that many organizations, especially in the career industry value. By working together, our men are able to effectively enhance the development of critical thinking skills and work with those who they do not necessarily work with on a daily basis.

Effective Communication

Applying effective communication skills in a variety of public and interpersonal settings through our sessions allows our men understand group processes, manage conflict, promote active listening and have appropriate self-disclosure.

Clarified Values

Being active in Men of Excellence reinforces the concept to clarify, develop and live their own values, while respecting the views and beliefs of others, as well as cultivating an understanding of the dimensions of human diversity while recognizing the common humanity of all.

Join Men of Excellence TODAY!

The first step to start journey with Men of Excellence is to sign up for this group. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion believes that all students that we serve have amazing potential at Wichita State and we believe you can lean into discomfort to take advantage of all the opportunities that lies ahead of you. We believe that Men of Excellence will be able to foster your personal and professional development while you are here at Wichita State and hopefully, be able to build networks and connections that will create everlasting relationships beyond college. In our views, we do not see Men of Excellence being time consuming at all. Our goal is to ensure you have a safe space and networking outlet outside of your academics and extracurricular activities. We hope to able to help you with your leadership development, collaboration, effective communication and clarify, develop and live your own values. If you are interested in joining Men of Excellence, please fill out the registration form below:

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Fall 2021 Sessions

August

Session 1: Men of Excellence x Phenomenal Women Meet & Greet
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 26
Rhatigan Student Center 233

Learn more how to get involved with Men of Excellence and Phenomenal Women! These groups provide students a space to strengthen bonds between each other, create networks, develop leaders and strengthen values and self-esteem. Light refreshments will be served.

September

Session 2: Relationship Building
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, September 9
Rhatigan Student Center 208

The foundation of personal and professional success lies in understanding others and realizing the impact of your behavior on the people around you. We will talk about professional mentorship and ways you can build better and everlasting relationships while in college.

Session 3: The Charisma Experience
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, September 23
Zoom

The Charisma Experience, presented by Mr. James Martin, II, is designed to provide college students with professional development, etiquette and other soft skills seminars that are paramount in order to exhibit a polished, professional image in the workplace!

October

Session 4: "Manning Up" - A Conversation on Feelings and Masculinity
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, October 14
Rhatigan Student Center 208

Too often, men do not share their feelings and miss out on getting help from others. We will explore and discuss feelings and masculinity, gender identity and the vulnerabilities of masculinity.
Session 5: Life Skills 101
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, October 28
Rhatigan Student Center 208

These days, you can outsource almost any job — but some things you need to know how to do yourself, especially when you are in college. We will explore several ways to help you cultivate critical life skills and to be better prepared for the future.

November

Session 6: Escape Room Social
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, November 18
Entrap Games - Wichita Escape Game Experience (443 N. Mosley St. Wichita, KS 67202)

Can a group of Men of Excellence get together to complete an objective by solving problems, decoding puzzles and answering questions in timed environment? Well let's find out!

December

Session 7: Men of Excellence x Phenomenal Women End of Semester Session
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, December 2
Rhatigan Student Center 233

Join Men of Excellence and Phenomenal Women for an end of the semester celebration! These groups provide students a space to strengthen bonds between each other, create networks, develop leaders and strengthen values and self-esteem. Light refreshments will be served.

Spring 2022 Sessions

January

Session 1
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, January 27
Rhatigan Student Center 208

February

Session 2
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, February 10
Rhatigan Student Center 208
Session 3
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, February 24
Rhatigan Student Center 208

March

Session 4
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, March 10
Rhatigan Student Center 208
Session 5
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, March 24
Rhatigan Student Center 208

April

Session 6
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 14
Rhatigan Student Center 208
Session 7
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 28
Rhatigan Student Center 208

Facilitators

Men of Excellence has dedicated facilitators committed to empowering our Men of Color at Wichita State University through leadership and professional development.

Quang Nguyen

Quang Nguyen

Staff Facilitator
quang.nguyen@wichita.edu

Gabriel Fonseca

Gabriel Fonseca

Staff Facilitator
gabriel.fonseca@wichita.edu

Dr. Bobby Berry

Dr. Bobby Berry

Faculty Facilitator
bobby.berry@wichita.edu