About Project Baldwin
Project Baldwin is a mentorship initiative at Seattle Colleges to boost completion and transfer outcomes for Black, Latinx, Native American, and Asian Pacific Islander males. These students typically complete programs at rates significantly lower than their White and Asian peers. Evidence shows that the extra support of mentoring can make a life-changing difference for all students, but especially students of color and particularly men of color.
Project Baldwin works toward these student-centered goals:
- Develop an educational and professional network
- Encourage and nurture educational and career aspirations
- Create a plan for achieving academic and career goals;
- Increase capacity to handle life’s challenges with trauma informed practices
- Increase self-confidence, mental health awareness, and leadership skills
- Build relationships and brotherhood bonds
These goals are drawn from best practices, lived experiences, and successful efforts—both locally and from across the country—and aimed to counter stigmas and assumptions on campus about men of color and what they can achieve.
Partnering with College Mentorship Groups
Project Baldwin operates in partnership with student affinity groups that focus on mentorship at our colleges:
- North’s Bridge Builders: Brotherhood/Mentorship Initiative
- Central’s Fellas Fridays and Springboard8
- South’s Men of Color (SMOC).
Project Baldwin provides support, funding, structure, and mentorship to these current initiatives to become more institutionalized and sustainable.
About James Baldwin
James Baldwin’s plays, essays, poems, and novels looked unflinchingly at the Black experience and the complexities of masculinity, sexuality, and class in American society.
- An Introduction to James Baldwin
(source: the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture)
Leadership and Funding
Project Baldwin Leadership Committee:
- D’Andre Fisher, Associate Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion | North Seattle College
- Mysonne Brown, Benefits Hub Coach, United Way of King County | North Seattle College
- Dennis Coy Denman, Director of Student Leadership | Seattle Central College
- Leon J. Haskins, Assistant Director, TRiO SSS |South Seattle College
- Ulises Herrera, Specialist- Student Development |South Seattle College
- Julius Lloyd, Workforce Interim Director, Workforce Education | South Seattle College
- Eustace Mazila, Program Specialist 2 (Programming, Research, and Multicultural focus), Student Leadership and Multicultural Programs | North Seattle College
- AK Sterling, Partnership Services Manager, Office of Strategic Partnerships, and Interim Springboard8 Program Manager | Seattle Central College
- Kendy Trinh, Retention Specialist - Seattle Promise, Student Succes Specialist | South Seattle College
- Sybrina Woodson, Equity & Welcome Center Office Assistant | North Seattle College
Funding for this initiative is provided by the Seattle Colleges Foundation.
Some Guiding Thoughts for Project Baldwin
At Seattle Colleges' 49th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., special guest keynote speaker T. Elon Dancy, PhD, offered some guiding thoughts for Project Baldwin in relation to the legacy of MLK.