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.


  • 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 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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Spring 2023 Sessions


Session 1: Ace the Interview
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, January 26
Rhatigan Student Center 208

In this hands-on session understand what to do before, during, and after an interview and gain an understanding of how to best answer typical interview questions.


Session 2: Alumni Connections
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, February 9
Rhatigan Student Center 208

Hear from graduates who have done it first! We are inviting some of our Men of Excellence who graduated to speak to us about how life is after college and what helped them get through college. We welcome you all to join us and learn something new!

Session 3: Joint Session with Phenomenal Women
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, February 23
Rhatigan Student Center 208


Session 4: Professionalism and Proper Etiquette
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, March 9
Rhatigan Student Center 208

Join us to learn more about professionalism and proper etiquette in the workplace. We will be talking about what it takes to develop a professional image and how to have proper etiquette in different situations.

Session 5: Commit to be Fit!
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, March 23
Heskett Center

Come out and join us for a fitness session at the Heskett Center. We will be taking some time to ourselves to have some fun doing different activities. We want to be able to stay actively healthy all while doing good in our classes.


Session 6: Design Your Life
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 13
Rhatigan Student Center 208

We invite you to talk about what it takes to get into your dream career and what that journey looks like. It is important to us to know you have a plan after college.

Session 7: Men of Excellence x Phenomenal Women End of Semester Celebration
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 27
Rhatigan Student Center 262

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.

Men of Excellence and Phenomenal Women are programs that focus on undergraduate and graduate students at Wichita State University. These groups support the People of Color (PoC) at this institution and the experiences that they share.


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

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Staff Facilitator

Gabriel Fonseca

Gabriel Fonseca

Staff Facilitator

Eleazar Recendiz

Eleazar Recendiz

Student Facilitator