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"We, the Minority Male Leadership Association, are dedicated to exploring the characteristics of successful minority male leaders. We will build a community of young driven minority men focused on success by providing mentorship and promoting excellence.”

Minority Male Success Symposium
Date: April 25, 2015

Malik Evans

The 3rd Annual Minority Male Success Symposium sponsored by the Minority Male Leadership Association (MMLA) was held at the University of Rochester on April 25, 2015 at the Simon Business School. The Minority Male Leadership Association is an affinity group at the University of Rochester that is dedicated to exploring the characteristics of successful minority male leaders. In doing so, we aim to build a community of young driven minority men focused on success by providing mentorship and promoting excellence. One of our primary goals is to connect with the Rochester community as a whole to help improve the plight of young minority men, who are graduating from the Rochester City School District at only 9%.

Our annual Symposium serves to combat this daunting statistic through educational and motivational activities designed to strengthen mentorship between MMLA and the students within the Rochester City School District. We engage students with dynamic programming consisting of workshops, discussions, and networking events. Students who attend will be able to participate in workshops that include: 1) a college panel staffed with MMLA undergraduate members who will highlight the benefits and importance of higher education from personal experiences, 2) a workshop on goal-setting and self-motivation called “What's your Why?”, 3) a financial workshop that explains how to pay for college, and 4) a culminating Keynote Address from local non-profit founder Greg Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins’ is the CEO of a local nonprofit organization called Changing The Community (CTC) which trains and mentors student athletes preparing them to succeed at the next level and in life.

Minority Male Leadership Professional Development Workshop
Date: November 15, 2015

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Rochester's Minority Male Youth Development Awards Dinner
Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Levels 2 Success

Ted Talk, February 22, 2014

Ted Talk

Minority Male "Study Break": December 15, 2013

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study break

Minority Male Leadership Association Ted Talk

Ted Talk


Minority Male Leadership Association Fall Welcome Back Social

Fall Welcome Back Social

MMLA Symposium

Minority Male Success Symposium

On April 21st, 2013, we hosted our 1st Annual Conference: Minority Male Success Symposium. Who participated in the symposium?  35 high school students, 40 college students, and 35 graduate students, faculty and staff volunteers were confirmed for attendance.

--Click here to read and listen to the YNN coverage of the event.

--Click here to read the Minority Reporter coverage of the event.

This is an exciting time for MMLA as we are generating substantial support across the city of Rochester.  There is a need for mentors to fill our ranks to help support at the undergrad and high school level.  If you are interested in being a mentor, please click on the membership page to inquire.  As strong men of our community, please remember that “as iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another.”

Benson Flyerst

Mr. Benson’s motivational speech will be open to the public.


Register on the Symposium Enrollment page if you are interested in joining us.

Click here to see photos and descriptions of past MMLA events!


4th Annual Diversity Conference
MMLA was selected to present at the 4th annual diversity conference on Friday April 12th, 2013. The MMLA presented a workshop on issues drawing attention as well as presenting models for solutions to engage the community. 

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