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Men of Color Initiative

The Adult Men of Color Initiative launched in 2011 to:
  • Support the recruitment and retention of adult men of color in SNL and other DePaul degree programs;
  • Support and challenge adult men of color to achieve academic success and complete their degrees;
  • Encourage and support men of color in engaging in the DePaul student experience;
  • Promote involvement and inclusion in student leadership opportunities;
  • Offer networking and mentoring opportunities; and,
  • Promote community service and engagement.
For more information about the initiative or if you know a man of color interested in pursuing a degree, email

Message from the Dean

Dear SNL Adult Men of Color,
Remember to take advantage of the many resources available to you as a DePaul and SNL student including scholarships and the DePaul Career Center with job fairs, workshops, etc. If you have yet to register for the next quarter, there is still time. Find detailed information about our courses here. If you have further questions about our courses, don’t hesitate to phone SNL at (312) 362-8001, email (undergraduate) or (graduate), and contact your faculty mentor directly.  If you are an undergraduate SNL student in need assistance, please note that drop-in registration advising is available at all campuses before the quarter begins.

Lastly, see below for other events that may be of interest to you.

Corinne Benedetto, PhD
Interim Dean, School for New Learning

Invitation to Peer-Mentor Program

The Adult Men of Color Initiative is proud to announce the launch of a pilot peer-mentor program in 2017.  Are you interested in being assigned a peer mentor?  The benefits of having a peer mentor are:

  • Having a mentor who is a graduate of SNL to help support your success.
  • Makes you eligible for scholarship money.
  • Affords you an opportunity to network with fellow students and graduates of the Program, and advisors.  

The peer mentor program is designed to be an additional means of support for SNL’s African American, Hispanic, and Latino adult male students.  Research show mentoring and advising are effective tools for keeping current students active and enrolled, for helping students navigate educational, financial, professional/personal challenges, and for seizing opportunities.

The mission of the AMOC Initiative speaks to the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and empowerment of adult men of color at SNL.  Aligning Vincentian ideals of human dignity and social justice with SNL’s essential commitments of valuing diversity, adult learning, and community-in-service-of-learning, our initiative creates a culture that transforms networks of mentoring, advising, and other shared relationships for addressing the critical concerns of adult men of color among our fellow students and faculty, alumni and administration, volunteers and friends.

To learn more about this Initiative and to be assigned a mentor, email

Scholarships and Celebration

Congratulations to our SNL Adult Men of Color scholarship winners!

Bertram L. Scott and Elizabeth A. Fender Diversity Scholarship
• Mark Balcazar
• Johnathan Grisby
• Kiran Gummadi
• Matthew Villalpando

Bertram L. Scott and Elizabeth A. Fender Diversity Scholarship
• Hector Saldana
• Thomas Robertson

Donors and Sponsors

Bertram L. Scott and Elizabeth A. Fender 
Bertram L. Scott is senor vice president of population health for Novant Health. His professional experience includes service as CEO of Affinity Health Plan, president of U.S. commercial markets at Cigna, EVP and chief institutional development and sales officer for TIAA-CREF, and chief executive officer of Horizon Mercy. Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Arts earned through SNL in 1980. A strong proponent of adult education, Scott has served as a DePaul University trustee since 2005 and in May 2009 received an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address.

Support the Adult Men of Color Initiative
Donations support the Adult Men of Color Initiative in providing scholarships.  For more information about supporting the Adult Men of Color Initiative, please contact .