Do you know an RIT male student of color you would like to nominate? If so, please fill out the Nomination Form 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.
Apply Now! 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.
Men of Color, Honor, and Ambition (MOCHA) is a one-year personal, academic, professional, and leadership development program designed for second year through fifth year undergraduate 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 RIT men of color, 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.
MOCHA values personal, professional, and academic honesty, integrity, ambition, and perseverance. Faculty, staff, and community leader participants will embody these values and we will expect the same in return from each student participant.
- 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
- HEALTH and WELLNESS