Initiative Introduction

The James A. Rousseau, II Minority Male Success Initiative aims to connect, engage, and impact the minority male student experience by focusing on the progression and completion rates of minority male students.

The initiative is a goal-oriented program designed to support the educational, professional, and life management aspirations of the minority male students enrolled across our campuses.

The vision of the initiative is to assemble a team of professional staff and students who will physically and socially engage each minority male enrolled at Forsyth Tech to promote equity, diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and belonging.

The initiative is statewide and 21 community colleges in North Carolina provide support services to minority male students using funding allocated by the state. Statewide workshops, conferences, and other collaborative efforts are facilitated through the state initiative. The Associate Director of Student Life leads these efforts.

Staff and Contacts

  1. Greg Young, Director
    Pronouns: He, Him, His
    Forsyth Tech, Main Campus, Allman Center Suit 114
    2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston Salem NC 27103
    (336) 757-3385
    gyoung@forsythtech.edu
  2. Donna Zeliznak, Divisional Administrative Assistant
    Forsyth Tech, Main Campus, Hauser Building, Room 206
    2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston Salem, NC 27103
    (336) 734-7280
    dzeliznak@forsythtech.edu
  3. Crayola Council, Divisional Administrative Assistant
    Forsyth Tech, Main Campus, Allman Center Room 123
    2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston Salem, NC 27103
    (336) 734-7302
    ccouncil@forsythtech.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

How can a student join or become involved with the MMSI? Students can contact our staff directly through email, phone, or in person, using the contact information listed.

What services are offered? A list of services is provided below.

Is there an age limit in terms of who can join? There is not an age limit concerning who can participate. We need an array of students to advance our mission.

I understand there is a clothing closet, what items are available? We accept and provide business casual and business professional clothing. The items available include suits, dress jackets, dress shirts, ties, and shoes.

Do you accept clothing donations? Yes, we do. They can be left at the information desk in the Allman Center or bring them by our office. We only accept business casual and business professional clothing. The Foundation will provide a tax-deductible letter at your request.

Which students are eligible to participate? All minority male students enrolled across our campuses are encouraged to participate.

How long has the initiative been operational on Forsyth Tech’s campus? The initiative at Forsyth Tech was one of the first implemented in the state of North Carolina beginning in 1996.

Services We Provide:

Academic Coaching
Time Management Sessions
Goal Setting & Positive Decision-Making Support
Individual & Group Mentoring
Life Skills Inventory
Career Interest Inventory
Job Search Jumpstart/Support
Men’s Health Advocacy
Service-learning Projects
Sneakerhead Incentive Program
Clothing Closet, Business Casual & Professional
National, State, and Local Workshops & Conferences