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New York City College of Technology | Brooklyn, New York | 2016
At New York City College of Technology (City Tech), Reginald Blake became the first director of the college's Black Male Initiative (BMI), a City University of New York (CUNY)-wide activity begun in 2005 to create model projects throughout the CUNY system that provide additional layers of academic and social support for students from groups underrepresented in higher education. Through its focus on STEM achievement by African-American male youths and other underrepresented populations, hundreds of BMI students have developed meaningful skills and knowledge in STEM fields. Reginald brought the BMI model to support Safe in My Brother's Arms (SIMBA), a program serving African American and Hispanic male students who live in homeless shelters. Blake's STEM research projects have been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Defense, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.