Men of Distinction

The Men of Distinction program seeks to improve retention and student success at the University of Arkansas for ethnically diverse first-generation, low-income Arkansan students, particularly minority males from regions of the state that are especially underrepresented among the state’s college-going population.

The Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education achieves this mission by creating a sense of belonging through community building and one-on-one mentoring. The program features workshops for academic success, personal discipline, goal-setting, financial literacy, and career planning. These workshops are all designed to help students get and keep scholarships, stay on track to graduation, and practice workplace skills for post-graduate success.

The Men of Distinction program provides the following workshops and services:

  • Monthly lecture series
    • "Who am I?" Rite of Passage
    • Academic Tools for Success
    • Navigating the Code Switching
    • My Brand
    • Manhood and Masculinity
  • Student leadership conferences
  • Community service initiatives
  • Career development workshops
  • Suited 4 Success workshop
  • ManCave Dialogue meetings
  • The Gentleman’s Corner weekly newsletter

Contact Us

Adrain Smith

Director of Mentoring and Leadership

479-575-8405

atsmith@uark.edu