What We Do
Made up of a dedicated group of administrators, faculty, staff, and community members from various California community colleges, the Men of Color Action Network (MOCAN) is an active, multicultural support network focusing on the systemic – academic, political, and social – change needed to cultivate a learning environment that optimizes the success of male students of color. MOCAN primarily serves community college students, staff, faculty, and administrators of particularly historically marginalized groups including Black/African-American, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APDI), Middle Eastern, and Native men of color, and works to provide them with opportunities for self-expression in a safe environment of mutual support with other men of color.
Men of Color Action Network's Goals
Offering free academic and personal support services, resources, professional development opportunities, and community-based events, MOCAN strives to strengthen men of color systemwide through the achievement of the following goals:
- To use love, holistic wellness, and culturally-centered healing strategies to repair the generational trauma caused by the historic, deficit minded-belief that men of color cannot succeed.
- To uplift men of color from all backgrounds and provide resources and professional development as they advance through their educational and professional endeavors.
- To build relationships, form mentorships, and establish networks between students, faculty, and staff from multiple California community colleges and develop an overall sense of community for men of color.
- To form cross-campus partnerships, institutional efforts, and culturally relevant activities to increase the success of men of color in California Community Colleges.