Men of Distinction Academy

Men of Distinction Academy


  • Our mission is to enhance the academic, personal, and social experiences of Men of Color.

Vision/PurposeProgram director with two students

  • Our vision and purpose is to serve as a resource to the campus, region, and SUNY community on guiding practices that meet the needs of Men of Color.


  • Increase access, retention, and completion rates
  • Provide mentorship, service-learning, and leadership development opportunities
  • Identify guiding practices for culturally relevant and identity affirming mentorship and support
  • Serve as a resource to the campus and regional community
  • Develop academic excellence and self-awareness
  • Cultivate sense of belonging
  • Discover passions and interests relating to personal goals
  • Foster leadership and increase engagement in educationally purposeful initiatives

Who We Are

Men of Distinction Academy is a student success initiative that focuses on increasing the persistence toward degree completion, campus engagement, and academic success of Men of Color. The program is comprised of frequent events designed to provide academic, personal, and social support to help students navigate the transition to and through college.

What We Do

The program is designed to provide mentorship and guidance to Men of Color inclusive of the following:

  • bonding and trips;
  • workshops/forums for academic and personal success;
  • exposure to dedicated and trained mentors; and
  • development of skills critical to succeeding inside and outside the classroom. 

Mentoring Opportunities

Are you a SUNY Delhi employee interested in being a Mentor to a Men of Distinction Academy Scholar?

SUNY Delhi employees are encouraged to apply as mentors for our students. Mentor-mentee relationships are important to student success and retention. It can help students with management, leadership, and communication skills. It is a great way to help students learn the benefits of networking, creating a support system, and developing professional goals.

A mentoring relationship will have a positive impact on both the mentor and mentee. Trainings and workshops will be made available for both mentors and mentees. Please connect with Louis A. Reyes, Jr., at or 607-746-4747 for further information.

Join Men of Distinction Academy

Please connect with Louis A. Reyes, Jr., at or 607-746-4747.