What is the Minority Male Initiative?

The Minority Male Initiative, which is a partnership between Brookdale and the Monmouth/Ocean Panhellenic Council, started in 2015. Is an annual conference. The goal of the initiative is to educate and expose high school juniors and seniors, as well as current Brookdale students, to different career opportunities that may be of interest to them. In doing so, students are made aware of the tangible rewards for making a commitment to continue their education. The initiative continues to develop relationships with businesses and companies that offer internships and opportunities for students of color in particular, giving them hands-on experience and professional knowledge of their chosen career field of interest.

2024 10th Anniversary Conference

WHEN:    February 23, 2024
TIME:       8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A Continental Breakfast and Brunch will be provided.

Brookdale Community College Student Life Center (Lincroft Campus, 765 Newman Springs Road)
Upper Level, Navesink Rooms 
Parking in lot 6 or 7  MAP

REGISTER: To register for the conference or to learn more about scholarship opportunities contact Lisa Savage at LSavage@brookdalecc.edu.

THEME: Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”-Malcolm X

FOR:        Minority male students at Brookdale Community College and Monmouth County High School juniors and seniors.


  1. Promote college success
  2. Educate minority male students about career pathways
  3. Connect students to professionals in different professions

CONTACT: Dr. Fidel Wilson by calling 732-224-2558, or email fwilson@brookdalecc.edu.


Dr. Daniel Jean

Male wearing a dark suit and orange tie.Dr. Daniel Jean was raised in abject poverty who rose from a 1.9 grade point average to become an author, consultant, motivational speaker, swagger trainer, playwright, poet. He has been featured in the LA Times, nj.com, Black Enterprise, Ebony Magazine, the Hechinger Report and Diverse Issues in Higher Education. He is the CEO of Wordstravel LLC a consulting, edutainment and empowerment agency providing services in undergraduate and grad scholar recruitment/retention/graduation, antiracist and equity initiatives, strategic planning, value/identity development, professional growth planning, outcome formation and performance enhancement.

He is the author of three indie books including his latest publication, “I Am…I Will…” an action-based interactive framework designed for the reader to proclaim their identity, declare their desired outcomes in the present and develop time-referenced action plans for the future. Dr. Jean serves on the board for the three doctors foundation and has received several accolades for his work include citations from the NJ and NY legislature, Educator of the Year Awards from Zeta Phi Beta Incorporated and Uprising Stars LLC, the ACPA Educational Excellence Erica Holloman Award, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award from the African-American and NJ Chamber of Commerce. He has a goal to directly assist 100,000 future graduates and deliver 1,000 seminars/keynotes before he retires.

We plan to accomplish the theme Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today, by connecting students to professionals that have experience working in careers that fall within one of the five career clusters:

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Mainframe Computing Communications Media
Broadcasting, TV Production, Graphic Design, Journalism and Animation

Health Science
Physical Therapy, Nursing, Physician, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy and Radiology

Business and Social Science
How to start your own Business, Accounting, Management, Finance, Marketing, Social Work, Education and Criminal Justice

Show Business and Entertainment
Theater/Film/Television, Acting, Play/Screenwriting, Stage, Directing and Film Directing

Objectives for students that attend the conference:

Scholarship Opportunities

Students that register for this event can also apply for scholarships that are only available to those students that attend the conference and attend Brookdale. A completed copy of the scholarship application must be submitted at the conference or mailed in prior to the conference in order to be considered.

2024 Scholarship Application

Brookdale scholarships are available for participants in the Minority Male Initiative. Applications can be submitted at the MMI Conference or by the March 29, 2024 deadline.

To register for the conference or to learn more about scholarship opportunities contact Lisa Savage at LSavage@brookdalecc.edu.

Past Virtual Conference Recordings

First Part of Virtual Conference(pre-keynote)

Second Part of Virtual Conference(post-breakout workshops)

STEM Breakout Workshop (First Energy)


“I believe that networking and resources are a necessity to success. Our intention is to provide those opportunities for historically underrepresented groups,” said Dr. Fidel Wilson, MSW, Ed.D, Chairman of this event.


Previous MMI Motivational Speakers

Kenneth D. Wilson (2022, 2020) – Kenneth is best known for his “7 Pillars of Success” presentation that has impacted students and educators so much that studies show a 93% increase in productivity, focus and task completion form those implementing the formula. He not only shows students “HOW” to achieve fulfillment in school and life, but also “WHY” education is a critical component too.

Aaron K. Wilson (2021) – Aaron is a motivational speaker, singer-songwriter, actor, producer, author, and uplifter. He makes it his mission to help students realize the importance of having a positive self image and mindset that will help them overcome their insecurities and embrace their purpose. Aaron has a special way to engage youth with his energy, message, charisma and music.

Dr. Brian Roper (2017) – A Neptune-based physician.

Reginald Anderson (2017) – Regional Director of Information Technology for Comcast-NBC.

Pastor Semaj Y. Vanzant (2016) – Lead pastor-teacher at Second Baptist Church in Asbury Park.

Committee Members

Fidel Wilson – BCC Administrator

Peggy Austin – BCC Administrator

Lisa Savage – BCC Administrator

Lucille Jones – Monmouth Ocean County Panhellenic Council Representative

Ken Morgan – Monmouth Ocean County Panhellenic Council Representative

Gilda Rogers – Executive Director T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center; Community Relations Manager Two River Theater Co.

Past Events