On Thursday, April 23, 2015 a meeting was conducted with the Brothers from the UT campus. During this time we started to plan out the next chapters for the organization of how we can help young men achieve their goal of completing their 4-year degree.
We are writing to request your help, aid, or assistance to address a topic of great importance the dire retention and graduation rates among minority male students at the University of Toledo! Clearly this is a national problem; however, OUR institution has some of the lowest rates in the country.
Brothers, we need your help to deal with this issue here at home. We can debate who is to blame, but in the meantime young men get lost. We realize that everyone has a primary job that likely consumes most of our time, leaving tidbits for some to spend time with family. However, we are convinced that even limited efforts when well structured and coordinated can have a significant impact on our “Kijiji”. Brothers on the Rise (BOTR) is organizing a “Call to Arms” Meeting/Gathering for Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the Maple Room located inside of the Student Recreation Center (SRC) – Demond Pryor, one of the newer brothers on campus has kindly consented to serve as host. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Again, we are not looking for a large commitment of time, resources, or energy from any one individual, but we are looking for brothers who can spare a couple of hour a semester, a contribution that becomes significantly when it is part of a broader effort. For example, making 5 phone calls during the semester to encourage a student by simply saying “What’s up? Hang in there. Stay strong and focused” (we provide the names and numbers). Or, how about sharing your life story with a group of freshman one evening – a brief version is preferred (smile). Again, BOTR will arrange everything.
We know time is precious and your instincts may say “No, not another commitment”, but give us a shot!! Please hear what we have to say before you say NO! We are also interested to hear what you have to say on the issue.
Finally Ask yourself, “If not us, then who?”
No RSVP is required, but if you can, let us know if you will try to make it out. Also, as our list may be incomplete, please help us by passing the word to all faculty/staff/graduate students who might be interested.