Black Male Initiative hosts Aerotek, discusses involvement

By Kyle Boyd

Homecoming safety procedures, career opportunities and community involvement were some of the things discussed at the Black Male Initiative (BMI) meeting Monday.

The BMI promotes the academic success of its members and the creation of young male leaders in the community. The BMI’s goal is to provide community service and promote persistence toward graduation. The BMI has provided service for Meals on Wheels and Hope Haven. They also provide mentorship for public school students.

“The BMI has given me resources and opportunities I never would have received,” said senior finance major Joshua Singleton. “It really is a networking powerhouse.”

Representatives from Aerotek, one of the nation’s largest staffing organizations, were in attendance. Aerotek often recruit from the talent pool NIU has to offer and look for the qualities in members of student organizations like the BMI.

“Seeing people do great things inspire you to do great things,” said junior sociology major Corey Turner.

James Alford, junior political science major, said students need to ask themselves why they are in college, what their goals are and how will they serve their community.

“Being a member of BMI has helped me stay on the right track,” said Leron Gray, junior engineering technology major.

The community service of BMI members will be displayed during the football game Saturday. BMI members will help direct parking around Huskie Stadium.

People interested in joining the BMI are encouraged to attend meetings at 5 p.m. on Mondays at Stevenson North.