HomeGrown StL has recently been apart of a bi-sate initiative facilitated by United Way of Greater St. Louis that focuses on increasing the capacity of colleges and universities to educate and graduate black male students. The Regional Consortium of Higher Education Initiatives Supporting Black Male Success (the Consortium) was formed in April 2017 and is comprised of St. Louis area colleges and universities.  The Consortium is a community of practice that works to build its members’ capacity to educate and graduate Africa-American male students through radical and strategic collaboration, resource and data sharing, and program alignment.  


  • To advance the educational, professional and social achievement of college-aged black men in the St.Louis region 
  • To increase St.Louis based colleges’ and universities’ capacity to educate and graduate black male students 

Target Audience

  • Higher education officials leading black male initiative and their equivalents at St. Louis area colleges and universities 
  • Black male college-aged students across the St. Louis region 

Core Functions 

  • Build partners’ capacity to educate, retain and graduate black male college students 
  • Share best and promising practices that can help strengthen partners’ black male initiatives 
  • Develop a replicable and scalable model of effective black male initiatives that can serve as the “gold standard” for the region 
  • Gather and share information on available resources; advocate for increased support of critical components of the model at participating colleges and universities 
  • Develop key performance indicators of black male success on college campuses (i.e. a set of shared metrics that all partners track and report on) 
  • Collect, analyze and translate data in ways that help to frame the narrative and attract interest, attention, resources and allies 
  • Support and align partners’ initiative and programs across the region 
  • Partner with regional stakeholders and service providers who are serving this population  
  • Inform regional, state and national black male student initiatives and practices 
  • To increase staff’s capacity to develop and execute the supports and resources needed to ensure the success of African-American male students with each institution. 
  • To provide care and support to practitioners who work with black males in higher education

Consortium Members

Fontbonne University

St. Louis University 

Harris-Stowe State University

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 

Lindenwood University

Washington University in St. Louis

Maryville University

University of Missouri-St.Louis 

St. Louis Community College

Webster University