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.


Objectives for students that attend the conference:


The conference will also include concurrent workshops. This will be accomplished with breakout sessions, connecting students with professionals that have experience working in careers that fall within one of the five career clusters:


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.

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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) – 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 – Member from the Community

Past Events