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  • Male Success Initiative
  • Male Success Initiative
  • Male Success Initiative

A Male Success Initiative (MSI)

Male Success Initiative (MSI)The purpose of the Prairie State College Male Success Initiative (MSI) PDF is to recruit, enroll, retain, and support males of color in their pursuit of all educational endeavors. The program helps students to achieve their educational goals by providing:

  • an academic advisor dedicated to participants
  • orientation for new MSI students
  • career planning (STEM and all other career options)
  • priority registration
  • service learning community – transition to college success class
  • mentoring/ tutoring
  • social and cultural activities
  • connections to student club Protégé

The program coordinator works one-on-one with students to assist with appropriate course selection and early alert academic monitoring. Male Success Initiative participants also benefit from the obtainment of life skills and soft skills via workshops and guest speakers. Additionally, members receive transfer assistance and access to all of the services and resources offered in the Learning Achievement Center.

The program encourages personal growth, promotes community outreach, and provides an opportunity for participants to learn and adapt methods that promote success in college.

Contact William Berkley, Coordinator of the Male Success Initiative Program, at (708) 709-2946, or via e-mail at wberkley@prairiestate.edu  for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Male Success Initiative Program? It's a Prairie State College persistence and retention initiative specifically aimed at males of color. It offers methods of improving male student graduation rates and socialization skills.

What are the benefits? The benefits of being a member of the Male Success Initiative Program are:

  • individualized help with course advising, along with priority registration
  • additional opportunities to work with faculty to create an academic support system
  • graduation and transfer assistance, as well as college and university tours  
  • You will attend fun social activities on and off-campus

Additionally, students have access to a computer lab as well as group and private study areas in the Learning Achievement Center.

How do I apply? If you have been admitted to Prairie State College and have registered for classes you are eligible to apply for the MSI program.

I have more questions. Who should I contact? Contact William Berkley, Male Success Initiative program coordinator, for an application and more information.

DDP-MSI Scholarships
The Dual Degree Program-Male Success Initiative (DDP-MSI) scholarship was established by former Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Linda Uzureau, to provide support for men who are part of the DDP and who participate in the DDP-MSI. The DDP-MSI gives:

  • Guaranteed admission to Governors State University Academic advising from both institutions to complete an associate and a bachelor’s degree in a minimum number of terms
  • GSU Guaranteed Tuition Plan for Illinois residents locks the GSU tuition rate for up to four years from date of enrollment in the Dual Degree Program (restrictions apply)
  • Opportunity to apply for the GSU Promise and other transfer scholarships (if eligible)
  • Opportunity to participate in social and cultural activities at both institutions
Donor - Dr. Linda Uzureau
Award - Varies
Deadline - 10/15/21
Supplemental Questions - Are you enrolled in the DDP-MSI program? click here to sign up

How do we contact MSI and Prairie State College MSI Support?

Below is the contact information. Please continue to remain in contact with MSI and support help.

Name Support Role Email
William Berkley Coordinator, Male Success Initiative wberkley@prairiestate.edu
Sarah Hein Counselor and Transfer Coordinator shein@prairiestate.edu
Terri Eakins Career Development Advisor teakins@prairiestate.edu
Disability Services disabilityservices@prairiestate.edu
  Disabiltiy Services Webpage
Shannon Word Personal Counselor, NCC, LCPC sword@prairiestate.edu
Sharita Walker DDP-MSI Transfer Specialist Governors State University Swalker3@govst.edu

Additionally: MSI will regularly refresh our website, social media, Newsletter, and other forms of virtual communication to keep you up-to-date.

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Additional Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still join MSI?

Yes! We welcome all current PSC students including transfer students.

Is MSI still accepting applications for the 2021 DDP-MSI scholarship?

Yes, more information will be coming about our 2021 DDP-MSI scholarship.

Are the PSC Personal Counseling services still accessible?

Yes. PSC offers personal counseling by appointment.

Gentlemen trauma shapes many of our life challenges, from stress and anxiety to poor relationships.

If you need support, Counselors are using Google Hangouts for phone counseling sessions to address students' emotional, psychological and social well-being. For assistance, please contact Personal Counselor, Shannon Word, NCC, LCPC at sword@prairiestate.edu or at (708) 709-3511.

Information on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 from the CDC is below:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After handling your mask
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.