BUFFALO—Before the start of SUNY Erie Community College’s fall semester, members of its
Men of Merit Program—established to foster excellence, distinction and
integrity in the school’s male African-American, Hispanic and Native American
students—gathered at a luncheon inside its City Campus Statler Dining Room to
honor the graduating class of its first annual Summer Bridge Program.
eight-week program matched students (pictured above with John Elmore and Men of
Merit Program Coordinator Marvin Wilson, Ph.D.) with paid employment across
City Campus, as well as weekly enrichment activities and workshops presented by
professionals in the community. Over the course of the summer months, students
learned about such things as workplace skills, stress management and financial
empowerment from representatives from the Buffalo Urban League, Buffalo Public
Schools and SUNY Erie; and participated in weekly “Barbershop Roundtable”
discussions, attended with community men of color to permit students to reflect
on life’s experiences in a safe and confidential forum.
SUNY Erie- and Bak USA-sponsored luncheon celebrated the participating
students’ success, and featured inspirational words from the day’s speaker,
attorney, author and SUNY Erie trustee, John Elmore.
Men of Merit program provides ambitious minority male students the chance to
pursue excellence through a wide array of services designed to maximize
academic success; and the opportunity to chart a course to graduation often
hindered by poverty, crime and unemployment within local and national minority
communities. Members have access to advisers, mentors and leaders—from both ECC
and the school’s extended community—who strive to prepare students for college
members also have access to a support network comprised of vital ECC-guided
services like academic readiness workshops, crisis counseling and career
development necessary to achieve their desired goals. With this backing and a
strict adherence to the aforementioned program tenants of excellence,
distinction and integrity, members are guided to stay in college, advance
academically and serve their community as they become the men they aim to be.
more information on ECC’s Men of Merit Program, please call (716) 851-1939 or
1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while
contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the
state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and
accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment.
Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and
students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and