University of Illinois Chicago Students Breaking Down Stereotypes About Young Black Men

It is fighting for social justice in making sure there is opportunity for everyone to have an equal chance and be treated fairly.

A group at the University of Illinois Chicago is on a mission to break down stereotypes of who young Black men are and what they’re capable of.

We Are Men (WAM) is a program at UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work.

Echoing the 1968 rallying cry of African American sanitation workers in Memphis, the WAM program recruits African American males with demonstrated concerns about social and racial justice and the needs of impoverished communities and prepares them for leadership positions in health and human services agencies and organizations. The program provides financial assistance, academic counseling and social support networks to enhance retention, graduation and successful social work careers.

“Providing Black males an opportunity to obtain an MSW with different levels of support through the WAM initiative is vital to the communities that they will serve as leaders, advocates, administrators, and policymakers and changers. The WAM initiative demonstrates JACSW’s commitment to educate social workers and provide service to at-risk urban communities,” said Marybel Flores, visiting assistant dean for admissions and financial aid and visiting clinical assistant professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work.


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