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NOVA-Woodbridge honors student success at MAN UP ceremony

MAN UP

A total of 31 male students were inducted into MAN UP, an organization that supports and mentors the educational success of underrepresented minorities. The 2nd Annual Induction Ceremony was held on Oct. 1st at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

MAN UP is a minority male mentoring and leadership development program designed to promote personal, social development and academic improvement of NOVA-Woodbridge students.

Richmond Hill, MAN UP Founder and Program Coordinator, said the program was developed to increase the retention, graduation rates and academic performance of minority males.

“We are unique from other student organizations on campus,” Hill said. “Our goal is not to see how many service projects we can complete or how much money we can raise. Our goal is to promote and create access to resources and supportive relationships that help minority males overcome barriers to reach college graduation.”

In 2013, an initial conversation among Hill and program leaders Rommel Aguilar, Lando Lowe, Cedric Howard and Matthew McCarl along with dean of students Michael Turner to begin the organization on campus occurred.  Since then, MAN UP currently has 38 active members and a strong presence on the NOVA-Woodbridge campus.

NOVA President Dr. Scott Ralls, shared how he personally valued the organization and its unique purpose for NOVA students. 

“Never underestimate how inspiring you are to other people who you don’t even know are watching you,” Ralls said. “You are role models and each of you inspire others in ways that I, your deans or professors cannot. Only you can do it. I truly appreciate what you are doing.”   

MAN UP is open to any minority male student enrolled at NOVA-Woodbridge. As a member, students are assigned a mentor and will benefit from academic skill building and advising, monthly success coaching, access to networking opportunities, character building workshops on self-esteem and communication, social and athletic events/activities and service learning projects.

In order to participant, students must:

  • Complete MAN UP application (Located in the NOVA-Woodbridge Student Services Center - WS 202 or Student Life - WS 156)
  • Follow all rules and guidelines outlined by the program and within the student handbook
  • Maintain a positive and respectful attitude
  • Make a one-year commitment to the program
  • Meet at least one hour per month with the student’s selected mentor
  • Be present and on time for scheduled meetings, activities or workshops
  • Attend monthly service learning projects and meetings for the program

For additional information or membership interest, please contact Richmond Hill at rihill@nvcc.edu.

 

Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu

 

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s website, www.nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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