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Minority Male Mentoring Project

Michael Jordan had Dean Smith. Kobe Bryant got the little brother treatment from Byron Scott. Bill Gates looked up to Warren Buffet. Matt Kemp got Beast Mode from Juan Pierre. George Lopez wanted to be Richard Pryor. Mark Zuckerberg learned from Steve Jobs.

It's easy to think we can do it all ourselves. We can't. We all need someone to help us along the way. Someone to offer advice. Someone to listen. Someone to kick us in the pants when we need a reality check. Mentors. They help lay the path.

M3's goal is to provide you with mentoring options to guide you on your college path. The M3 team is made up of faculty, graduate students, and research assistants committed to the success of Latino, African-American/Black, Native American, Southeast Asian and other minoritized students. M3 members know what obstacles you're facing academically, culturally, socially and economically. We were in your shoes. It's OK to ask for help as you step toward future success.

“Other than my parents, no one had a bigger influence on my life than Coach Smith. He was more than a coach – he was my mentor, my teacher, my second father.”

-Michael Jordan on Dean Smith

“My mentors were the only ones who could understand me, who could understand my background, who could give that hand without judging. They’ve helped me through personal development by keeping me from my breaking point.”

-David Contreras ’18 (Sociology/Chicana/o Studies)

“My love of Richard Pryor is the reason why I’m a stand-up comedian.”

-George Lopez

“Sometimes having a mentor is what you really need because you might feel lost, you might feel trapped, you might feel like an outcast, but M3 is here to help minority students.”

-Terrell Funches ’17 (Sociology)

"Thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."

-Mark Zuckerberg on Steve Jobs

“There are a lot of individuals who will say, ‘I can do it on my own. I did it on my own.’ No, you didn’t. By not taking advantage of opportunities, people are being wasteful because the purpose of my mentors helping me was so I could help hundreds of others.”

-Gabriel Buelna ’93 (Chicana/o Studies)

"Juan Pierre taught me Beast Mode doesn't care. Beast Mode doesn't sleep. Beast Mode doesn't make excuses. Beast Mode just gets the job done. That's our motto."

-Matt Kemp on Beast Mode, 24.7.365

"It turns out that Warren’s brilliant way of looking at the world is just as useful in attacking poverty and disease as it is in building a business. He's one of a kind."

-Bill Gates on Warren Buffet

What does M3 offer?

  • One-on-one coaching to achieve success: connecting you to the right people and resources
  • Basketball pick-up games for fun, team building and bonding
  • Rites of Passage groups to learn about creating the life you want to build
  • Focus groups to help us understand about motivation and challenges to college success for minority male students
  • Coping & Resilience groups to teach you skills to be calm and confident so you can feel and learn better
  • Success stories from men of color who graduated from college to show you how they took advantage of resources and mentoring relationships on the way up
  • Professional development training for faculty and staff about engaging and mentoring students for success

What is mentoring?

A relationship in which an experienced person provides knowledge and support to a student protégé in developing specific skills to enhance professional, academic and personal growth.

What is a protégé?

A person who is guided and supported by a more experienced or influential person.

For more information about M3, contact Program Director Alejandra Acuña, Ph.D., LCSW at or (818) 677-7798.