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MOCHA: Men of Color, Honor and Ambition

  • MOCHA: Men of Color, Honor and Ambition

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.


M.O.C.H.A. 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.


M.O.C.H.A. 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 M.O.C.H.A.



David Benitez
Assistant Director for Rochester City Scholars & MOCHA
SAU 2302

Do you know an RIT male student you would like to nominate?

If so, the nomination process begins on February 11, 2019. Please note, not all nominees will be accepted into the program. Each nominee must accept the nomination and meet the program eligibility criteria.

Nominate for MOCHA Cohort 7 - 2019/2020 HERE

Nominations are open until Friday, February 22

If you are a second through fifth year student interested in being part of MOCHA, we encourage you to APPLY!

Applications for MOCHA Cohort 7 - 2019/2020 ARE NOW OPEN APPLY HERE

Applications are open until Friday, March 15

Thank you to our Supporters

Dale Carnegie of Rochester, Five Star Bank, Geva Theatre, Ghandi Institute, Hillside Work Scholar Program, IBERO American Action League, Mens Warehouse, RIT, Teen Empowerment, United Way, and all of the nominators and mentors!