Men of Delta
Will Carter used to be a shy student who didn't think he needed school.
The Saginaw resident, who works in the Audio Visual Department in the Delta College Library Learning Information Center (LLIC), got some real-life experience and quickly changed his tune.
"I realized I needed to get back in school and do whatever it takes to get more focused," Carter said. "Men of Delta helped establish that. I’m more of a doer, more of a leader each day."
Men of Delta is a group of students who actively strive to be successful in their education, careers and in life. Delta professors and staff act as mentors and use life experiences to coach college men of all ages who might need support in reaching their goals. The mission on the back of their T-shirts reads, "No apologies for who I am. No excuses for who I will become."
The group acts as a positive network that meets regularly, volunteers in the community and is engaged in all aspects of learning.
“We talk about life, classes, anything you need to get off your chest," Carter said. "As guys, we don’t really like to share. They want to make it a no judgment zone, where you can say, ‘Hey, I’m going through this or I need help with this.’ "
Carter is in his third year at Delta and plans to transfer to Northwood University next year for a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration. He credits John Neal, one of the group's mentors, with helping him with scholarships and internships in the field that he hopes to work someday.
"He’s kind of like a second dad to me, another male figure in my life," Carter said. "He’s really invested in my future and he’ll do whatever it takes to get you there."
If you struggle with self-confidence or stress management, lack motivation or need to refine your job skills, Men of Delta is for you. Being a member can keep you on task in the classroom, help plan for your future, inform you of campus resources and help you apply for scholarships.
"I used to sit back and let other guys do it," Carter said. "I want to become one of the guys that help establish something."
Men of Delta Visit Illinois State University
The Men of Delta visited the campus of Illinois State University on March 19th for the 4 annual Black and Latino Male Summit. The purpose of the summit was to provide a forum to support and equip men of African American and Latino descent with the tools necessary to thrive in college and society as a whole. The theme for this years summit was To Infinity and Beyond: A Journey to Manhood. The summit's breakout sessions included, The Power of Healthy Masculinity, 5 Dimensions of Health and Wellness for Black and Latino Males and Validating Men of Color: Cultural Wealth in Hostile Campus Climate which were followed by a keynote address given by author and human potential specialist Bryant K. Smith. A good time was had by all.
Men of Delta's own Donavon
Louis Thomas, Jr. speak with Saginaw Mayor Dennis Browning
during the Cradle-to-Careers
Planning Summit held March 29th on the campus of Saginaw Valley
State University where both Flemings and Thomas were presenters. The
Summit is a part of President Obama's My Brothers Keepers initiative in which
funding has been given to local business and organizations in an effort to
create opportunities for men and women of color.
Men of Delta's visit to the Black and Latino Summit included breakout sessions consisting of the following breakout sessions: The Power of Healthy Masculinity, 5
Dimensions of Health and Wellness for Black and Latino Males and Validating Men
of Color: Cultural Wealth in Hostile Campus Climate which
were followed by a keynote address given by author and human potential
specialist Bryant K. Smith
(pictured with Men of Delta - seated). A good time was
had by all. (Men of Delta members from left to right - Keegan Metz, Donavon
Flemings, Samuel Hernandez, Traveon Scott, William Carter, Jaylen Caldwell,
Trevaris Jones and Louis Thomas, Jr.)
of Delta's Keegan Metz and Samuel Hernandez take a
photo with over 50 cases of water, 18 large bottles of hand sanitizer and over
17 large cases of baby wipes ready to be delivered to Flint. This all
came together during Change
Your World Week at Delta College when students were challenged
to donate money or water to help the relief efforts in Flint.