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.

2023 Conference

February 24, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m.
A Continental Breakfast and Brunch will be provided.

Developing Skills to Meet Today’s Work Environment

To be held at:
Brookdale Community College
Student Life Center (Lincroft Campus, 765 Newman Springs Road)
Navesink Rooms
Parking in lot 6 or 7


Mr. Kenneth Wilson
As one of the nation’s leading Student Success & Educator Empowerment Speakers, K.D. Wilson delivers life changing speeches, provides resources, developmental training and inspirational engagements for students and educators nationwide. K.D. is a former teacher, former youth minister and former police officer with a heart to see students and educators free of fear, regret, and doubt while living up to their full potential and operating effectively within their chosen path.

We plan to accomplish the theme Developing Skills to Meet Today’s Work Environment 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.

2023 Scholarship Application

Brookdale scholarships are available for participants in the Minority Male Initiative. Applications are due at the conference on Friday, February 24, 2023.

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.

To complete your scholarship application click HERE for the form.
For any questions, please call Dr. Fidel Wilson at 732-224-2558.

Past Motivational Speakers

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.

Kenneth D. Wilson (2020, 2022) – 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.

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