Young Men of Color Alliance (YMoCA)
Brotherhood: Creating unity through community, support and growth.
The Young Men of Color Alliance is a collaborative program with the Men of Color Alliance (MoCA) Employee Resource Group, Center for Intercultural Relations, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs. This program is open to all incoming first year and transfer students who identify as men of color or nonbinary. Through participation in the program students will receive access to:
- Peer mentorship support
- Assigned Coordinator Care Advisor and academic resources
- Support from men of color faculty, staff, graduate students
- Professional development and networking opportunities
The Young Men of Color Alliance (YMoCA) is an academic success initiative created to empower and support young men of color at San Diego State University. The program was designed to recruit, retain, and encourage young men of color to persist toward degree completion. The program employs a strength-based psychosocial approach guided by an emerging discourse on masculinity, developmental theory, cultural-relational frameworks, and theories of learning and neuroscience.
The Young Men of Color Alliance is designed to support and celebrate individuals who
identify as men of color. Our world is increasingly interconnected and interdependent;
we need a generation of leaders prepared to work together. We will cultivate diverse
leaders who employ cognitive complexity to solve problems while operating from cultural
humility. The Young Men of Color Alliance will foster a community of leaders who
understand, respect, and appreciate the specific cultural differences between themselves
Ricky J. Pope, Ph.D
YMoCA Facilitator, SDSU Alumnus, and C&PS Psychologist
“Finding mentors that I identified with was essential in learning to navigate campus to become a successful student. Graduating from SDSU has changed the trajectory of my life. As a facilitator and psychologist, my goal is to foster in each student a sense of somebodiness which is a feeling of dignity, purpose, and meaning.”
CIR Graduate Assistant and YMoCA Facilitator
“I am looking forward to supporting men of color in the Young Men of Color Alliance (YMoCA) by helping to facilitate a brave space where students feel comfortable being vulnerable and open to exploring the intersectionality of their identities.”
Program Development Consultants
- Adam Adams, M.S., Community Liaison Manager and Chair, SDSU Men of Color Alliance ERG (MoCA)
- Niko Villa, M.A., Outreach Specialist, The Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs
- Paige Hernandez, M.A., Director, Center for Intercultural Relations
- William Tran, CIR Graduate Assistant, Center for Intercultural Relations
Join the Men of Color Empowerment Group
The Men of Color (MOC) Empowerment Group is a student-focused group for men and nonbinary students of color to talk about topics such as masculinity, gender, racial justice, inequities in higher education, and more.
The MOC Empowerment Group meets biweekly. Please email Alex Reyes at [email protected] for more information.
YMoCA Stands Against Anti-APIDA Hate
The Men of Color Empowerment Group, The Young Men of Color Alliance (YMoCA), The Center for Intercultural Relations (CIR), and Counseling and Psychological Services (C&PS) stand in solidity with the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community against all forms of racism and oppression. We acknowledge that Tuesday night’s violence against the APIDA community is a part of an unfortunate national trend to include verbal harassment and physical assault against the APIDA community related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, it is not lost on us that oppression existed before COVID-19. We support the San Diego State University (SDSU) community, the city of Atlanta, and the United States in expressing our grief to all those impacted by racial violence and the vicarious trauma resultant from senseless killing and hate. We remain committed to addressing racial-bias directed toward the APIDA community.