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Male Empowerment Collaborative

"The Male Empowerment Collaborative" is for men who wish to embark on a journey of personal achievement, discovery, and empowerment. Like many other universities across the country, retention and graduation rates of males are significantly lower than females. Sacramento State is also losing an alarming number of underrepresented minority (URM) males.


  • Increase retention and graduation rates of all males on campus
  • Increase the retention rates of underrepresented minority (URM) and non-URM males by 3% per year over the next four years
  • Assist URM and non-URM males in improving their GPAs .2 points higher than the previous semester until they graduate
  • Enhance URM and non-URM male connections to campus life
  • Teach URM and non-URM males to take initiative to make positive changes


Real talk: Engaging and validating students through dialogue Come in and join the conversation! At Real talk sessions, you will have the chance to take part in honest conversations with your peers about real life issues, ranging from relationships to family, employment, housing, and finances. These sessions offer strategies for addressing life issues you may encounter while in college.

Men mentoring men: Mentors helping students see things in new and different ways by helping to empower them to reach their full potential.



Sac State has many wonderful programs and initiatives, but many of its male students don’t know about them or are not taking full advantage. The Male Empowerment Collaborative is structured to work in tandem with existing support, retention, academic enhancement programs, and initiatives rather than compete with or supersede them.

The collaborative approach is designed to help male students become more instrumentally and emotionally autonomous. The collaborative may tend to be more intrusive in the beginning, but as students enhance their skills, it will become less so. Students who are in structured programs should advance faster than those who are not.