MOCHA: Men of Color, Honor and Ambition

Program Description

Men of Color, Honor, and Ambition (M.O.C.H.A) is a one-year initiative open to all undergraduate male students between their second and fifth academic years of study, but is specifically designed for male students of color. Students will participate in a series of monthly workshops offered by faculty, staff, and community leaders; foster a sense of community and bonding with each other and other male role models of color through social outings; and support their health awareness and development through their participation in wellness activities.


MOCHA exists to provide personal, academic, cultural, social, professional, and leadership development to undergraduate males at RIT, in an effort to positively impact academic success, increase retention, and develop successful leaders of tomorrow, today.


MOCHA participants will achieve academic excellence, graduate from college, and be empowered to become successful leaders and role models in their respective careers and communities. These men will be actively engaged in RIT and the local community and will forever be committed to achieving in every phase of human endeavor.

Program Goals

  • Increase the retention rates of men of color
  • Foster a sense of community among participants
  • Support and challenge men of color to achieve academic excellence
  • Develop an increased awareness surrounding business acumen, etiquette, professional attire,
    academic support mechanisms, and social activities
  • Promote involvement and inclusion in leadership activities
  • Promote community service and engagement

Five Foundational Pillars of MOCHA















Thank you to our Supporters:

The American Heart Association, Adrian Jules Custom Clothiers, Dale Carnegie of Rochester, Five Star Bank, Geva Theatre, Ghandi Institute, Hillside Work Scholar Program, IBERO American Action League, RIT, Teen Empowerment, United Way, Wegmans and all of the nominators and mentors!