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WINTER-SPRING 2018

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18 UOFLMAGAZINE.COM W hen Dom McShan came on board at UofL's Cul- tural Center, his focus was on programming and student success. Two years later, that focus remains laser sharp. McShan, who is the programming director and over- sees the African American Male Initiative, (AAMI) has added a bevy of signature programs to the Cultural Center's schedule, includ- ing the Civil Rights Bus Tour, performing arts night during Black History Month, a diversity dialogue series and the Fall Fest Multicultural Expo. "Signature programming was always my objective because it helps us serve a dual responsibility — to serve as an inclusive body on campus and to increase student success, retention and graduation rates," McShan said. McShan has mindfully collaborated with many RSOs and groups on campus to build networks and break down silos. "With manpower and financial resources, these goals have been chal- lenging so we have to think about other ways to come together and support each other. I want to foster more col- laboration among multicultural student organizations," he said. Collaboration tends to yield impact, which is what motivates McShan. "When I organize an event and I am personally impacted, or I hear folks saying 'Wow, I didn't know that' — that is what drives me to do this work," he said. During summer 2017, McShan's roles increased to include overseeing the AAMI, which was created in 2011 with a specific objective of "increasing retention, per- sistence, graduation, engagement and overall success of African American males by addressing various scholas- tic and social challenges through academic engagement, COLLABORATION, IMPACT DRIVE DOM MCSHAN When I organize an event and I am personally impacted, or I hear folks saying 'Wow, I didn't know that' — that is what drives me to do this work. mentoring, peer connection and student involvement." "The data shows that these students' issues aren't always about academic performance. We have to look at what else is going on," he said. "A lot of these students just don't have guidance. They're first-generation students and sometimes they're going through very significant things." In April, McShan will lead a group of at least 10 students to a Students of Color Conference in Clemson. Some of them will even have the opportunity to present. The Cultural Center is plan- ning fundraisers to offset their costs, including an awards banquet and gala held in February that raised $1,200.

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