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RMU Hosts Black Male Leadership Development Institute

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pittsburgh – The seventh annual Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI) gets underway at Robert Morris University Sunday, June 16, through Sunday, June 23, on the Moon Township campus.

The program prepares African American male high school students to become community leaders and encourages them to pursue 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:

  • “Marketing the Black Male Leader,” a workshop at 2 p.m. Monday, June 17, led by Clyde Pickett, chief diversity officer at Community College of Allegheny County.
  • A keynote address at 6 p.m. Monday by Chaz Kellum, Manager of Diversity Initiatives for the Pittsburgh Pirates and a graduate of RMU’s master of science program in organizational leadership.
  • “Intercultural Competence as a Tool for Academic Success” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, led by Saleem Ghubril, executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise.
  • Day of community service at The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School in Stanton Heights, Friday, June 21
  • BMLDI Idol, an American Idol-style singing competition, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22

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. 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.