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RMU Hosts Black Male Leadership Development Institute

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pittsburgh – The annual Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI) gets underway at Robert Morris University Sunday, June 17, through Sunday, June 24, on the Moon Township campus.

The program prepares high school students to become community leaders and encourages them to pursue a higher education. Seventy-five students will participate in this year’s program, which includes a week living on campus, participating in workshops and other activities designed to instill good communication, leadership, and personal management skills.

Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • “The Role of Culture and Media in Defining Black Males,” a workshop at 2 p.m. Monday, June 18
  • A keynote address at 6 p.m. Monday by retired Pittsburgh Steeler and Super Bowl champion Mike Logan
  • “Prison and Black Males: A Panel Discussion” at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, June 21
  • Day of community service at The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School in Stanton Heights, Friday, June 22
  • BMLDI Idol, an American Idol-style singing competition, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 23

RMU has hosted the program each of the past four years. In addition to the experience at RMU, students participate in year-round leadership, service, and educational activities through the university’s partnership with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. The Black Male Leadership Development Institute is supported by The Heinz Endowments and The Buhl Foundation. For a complete schedule and more information, contact Jonathan Potts at 412-397-5291 or

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.