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Male Minority Initiative (MMI) Fellowship Program

The SUNY Orange Male Minority Initiative (MMI) Fellowship Program is designed to assist SUNY Orange students maximize their potential by fostering peer mentorship.

The program is a year-long growth opportunity for SUNY Orange male minority students who would like to influence and inspire their peers in a positive way.

The MMI Fellowship, through peer mentorship, will help develop and foster a strong community of male minority students, creating connections amongst each other and a nurturing strong support system that will contribute to an evolution of academic success. 

Peer students and mentors will work together to support each other with their struggles, concerns, and experiences, encourage one another to achieve college success at SUNY Orange and in continue to pursue their academic goals.

The MMI Fellowship aims to encourage, increase, and support the inclusion and educational success of students from the underrepresented population of men. The program’s purpose is to incorporate minority male students to be part of the college community. 

If you are interested, or can recommend someone for this program, please contact Male Minority Initiative Coordinator, Hector Leal, at Hector.Leal@sunyorange.edu.

Space is limited to 6 students from the Middletown campus and 4 students from the Newburgh campus.

 Requirements to be part of the Fellowship:

  • Students must participate in Seminars during the Fall/Spring semester, minimum of 4 seminars each semester.
  • Students must participate in at least two club events.
  • Write an expressive response paper about their experience as a mentor and how it has shaped them.
  • Mentor at least 3 students per semester.
  • Attend mentoring training through the academic year.
  • Have a minimum of 30 credits completed when applying.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.50.


Benefits of being a Peer Mentor:

  • Obtain the skills to be a peer mentor.
  • Learn about themselves and how they are part of the diversity and inclusion in the college community.
  • Build leadership skills.
  • Upon completion of the semester students will be given a nominal grant scholarship for being part of the Fellowship.
  • A special certificate recognizing their contribution to the MMI Fellowship.
  • The achievement will be noted as a part of the student’s permanent college record.

We are also looking for Peer Mentors in Training.

Peer Mentors in Training are Mentors that can contribute as mentors to the success with less restrictions on requirements. 

Any information come to Middletown Campus, Shepard Student Center 323 for more information or call (845)341-4060.