Grambling State Recruits Black Men to Teaching Profession

The program addresses the alarming statistic that less than 2 percent of teachers in the U.S. are Black men.
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Rick Gallot: “Increasing the number of Black men leading in the classroom is an essential step in impacting the dramatic racial disparities in the national K-12 learning space.”
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Grambling State University’s Black Male Teacher Initiative has joined forces with Clemson University’s nationally known Call Me MiSTER® program to aid in the recruiting and development of more Black men into the teaching profession.

The program addresses the alarming statistic that less than 2 percent of teachers in the U.S. are Black men. Grambling State’s Call Me MiSTER® initiative aims to increase the pool of diverse teachers who will serve the state’s schools.

The Call Me MiSTER® (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program was founded originally at Clemson in 2000. Call Me MiSTER® is a teacher leadership program that provides the participants, who are entitled “Call Me MiSTER® Scholars,” with the tools necessary to succeed as teachers.

“Increasing the number of Black men leading in the classroom is an essential step in impacting the dramatic racial disparities in the national K-12 learning space,” President Rick Gallot said.

Grambling State’s program aims to engage and recruit Black male students into the teaching profession and see them through graduation in teaching degree programs significantly over a five-year period.

Students in the program will receive scholarships, academic coaching, and post-graduate mentorships, among other benefits, to effect short-term sustainable improvement in the state education system.

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