Erie Community College’s Men of Merit Program—established in 2011 to foster
excellence, distinction and integrity in the school’s male African-American,
Hispanic and Native American students—started another academic year of personal stewardship with a kickoff event at
the College’s City Campus Auditorium on September 20.
evening event was headlined by speaker Tommy McClam, Director of Buffalo’s Say Yes Boys and Men of Color
Coalition. McClam (Photo attached) provided a thought-provoking presentation on
“The Power of Purpose,” with such tidbits of advice as suggesting that
students, “not be a chicken, but soar like an eagle.” McClam informed the
audience of his many years working for the Internal Revenue Service, where he
learned that his true passion was in youth development. As he informed the audience on his eventual pursuit of this passion,
he encouraged all the students in the Men of Merit Program to take full
advantage of this their SUNY Erie-hosted opportunity to become men of scholarship
and excellence. Lastly, McClam told his audience to follow its passion as the
best way to find your purpose in life.
Men of Merit program provides ambitious male students of color the chance
to pursue excellence through a wide array of services designed to maximize
academic success; and the opportunity to chart a course to graduation often
hindered by poverty, crime and unemployment within local and national minority
communities. Members have access to advisers, mentors and leaders—from both ECC
and the school’s extended community—who strive to prepare students for college
members also have access to a support network comprised of vital ECC-guided
services like academic readiness workshops, crisis counseling and career
development necessary to achieve their desired goals. With this backing and a
strict adherence to the aforementioned program tenants of excellence,
distinction and integrity, members are guided to stay in college, advance
academically and serve their community as they become the men they aim to be.
more information on ECC’s Men of Merit Program, please call (716) 851-1939 or
1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while
contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the
state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and
accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment.
Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and
students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and