MOCHA: Men of Color, Honor and Ambition

Do you know an RIT male student you would like to nominate?  If so, please fill out the Nomination Form (NOMINATIONS DUE BY MARCH 10, 2015) and submit your nomination for review.  Please note, not all nominees will be accepted into the program.  Each nominee must accept the nomination and meet the program eligibility criteria.

If you are a *second through fifth year student interested in being a part of MOCHA, we encourage you to apply!
Click here for the application.

*please note: students who will be second year students by fall 2015 are eligible for application and nomination.

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














What's Coming Up for the
First Class of MOCHA men?

Sunday 9/28 — 3:00pm
Center for Campus Life Bamboo Room 2650
Project Definition and Planning by Marcos Esterman, Faculty - Kate Gleason Industrial and System Engineering

Sunday 10/12 — 2:00pm
Center for Campus Life Bamboo Room 2650
Non Violence 101 – Interactive presentation by Kit Miller, Director of the MK Gandhi Institute for Non Violence.

Sunday 10/26 — 3:00pm
Center for Campus Life Bamboo Room 2610
Career Branding Workshop by Kim DeLardge, Assistant Director Diversity Initiatives, Education and Career Services, RIT

Wednesday 10/29 — 7:00pm
Rochester Contemporary Art Center 137 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

Question Bridge: Black Males - Interactive Session with the community. Led by MOCHA Men. *Detailed information is below.

Sunday 11/9 — 2:00pm
Bikram Yoga 1 Grove Street # 101
Pittsford, NY 14534

BIKRAM YOGA – Health and Wellness Outing More details will be sent before the session date.

Sunday 11/16 — 3:00pm
Center for Campus Life Bamboo Room 2610
Personal Finance – Total Money Makeover Dialogue by
Kevin McDonald, Vice President &
Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion.
(Tentative Dressing for Success Presentation by Wes Harris of Tom James Inc.)


Thank you to our Supporters:

The American Heart Association, IBERO American Action League, Adrian Jules, RIT and all of the nominators and mentors!