The Brotherhood Initiative is a cohort-based program that provides opportunities for academic growth and leadership, exploration of intersecting identities, and support to underrepresented men of color at the University of Washington. 

What’s New

  • See our recent article about study abroad as a high-impact practice for students of color, which was highlighted on the UW Global Affairs website.
  • The BI was featured in the University of Washington diversity magazine (Viewpoint Magazine), highlighting cohort 4’s experience during the COVID-19 pandemic though a first person perspective. Written by BI alumni Shamaar Thomas, you can read the story here!
  • Check out our new podcast where we provide a space for BI staff, students, and community members to discuss issues related to men of color in college and professional spaces.

What is the BI?

A Learning Community of BIPOC Scholars

BI Scholars become part of an enriching and supportive learning community from the first day they arrive at the UW campus.  Students take classes with their cohort members in their freshman and sophomore years, which focus on campus resources, career exploration, academic skill-building, leadership development, health and wellness, and additional topics that promote college success. In a seminar-like fashion, discussions about identity, toxic masculinity, societal pressures, and relevant events represent conversations had in the classroom.

A Safety Net of Resources and Support

In addition to the seminars, students also receive ongoing individualized support and guidance from the BI project team and campus partners, and from BI peer mentors.  Throughout the year, we hold various events and workshops for students to engage in meaningful academic, professional development, and research opportunities. The cohort experience, including program curriculum and mentorship, spans each student’s entire journey at UW, even after a BI student’s first two years.