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Minority Connection Initiative Case Study

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Kevin Smith, 24, a tall young man with a short fade haircut stood speaking to two underclassmen during a weekly meeting on a Friday afternoon. The passionate conversation consisted of an upcoming event and a new program idea for Minority Connection Initiative (MCI). Smith, a senior at Boston University’s College of Engineering, is the founder of MCI. MCI is a student run organization that launched in the spring of 2017 aiming to bridge the academic and social advancement gaps between minority students and faculty at BU through engagement and building long lasting relationships.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of fall 2015 Boston University’s student body consisted of nearly 50 percent White, 20 percent International, 13 percent Asian, 10 percent Hispanic, and 14 percent other ethnicities. In November 2013, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that out
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Yassine El Yousif, 23, graduate student at the Questrom School of Business, met Smith as a prospective student during Multicultural Weekend and remained in contact throughout the summer. When speaking on how his friendship with Smith influenced his experience at BU, Yousif said “he eventually got me to become a MATLAB TA, he recommended me and helped get me the job.” The two worked alongside one another as TAs that following summer.
After taking a medical leave of absence from school, Smith returned full force becoming a brother of the Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated where he obtained the seeds that would soon create MCI. Smith said “[Alpha] actively showed me what it meant to be successful in college” as it develops leaders and helped him find his own identity as a college student. Smith’s fraternity experience influenced Yousif as he says it “sparked my interest in wanting to become a brother of Alpha and since then I’ve grown really close with
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