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Vol State’s Men of Color Achieving Success initiative hosts virtual support sessions this fall

Last updated on November 17, 2021

By Ariana Fortin

Volunteer State Community College’s Men of Color Achieving Success (MOCAS) initiative will host weekly virtual sessions this semester. Students may attend the next session Friday, Sept. 24, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. 

According to the Campus Event Page, MOCAS aims to increase the graduation rate of those who identify as men of color at Vol State.

The series of Zoom sessions will be focused on personal and professional development, addressing means of achievement, cultural competence, and appropriate social and professional conversations. Overall, the sessions will aim to identify successful strategies and resources needed to improve the academic performance of the members.

“This group means a lot to me because it gives me the opportunity to impact Vol State students in a meaningful way. MOCAS grants me (alongside my awesome colleagues) the privilege to mentor, encourage, and coach an excellent group of young men as they grow personally, academically, and professionally. It is an honor to serve in this way,” said English Professor Taylor Moore. Moore is among the initiative’s leaders.

Melva Black is the Assistant Dean of Humanities at Vol State and also among the initiative’s leaders. According to her interview with Community College Daily in 2020, every member of MOCAS has remained enrolled or graduated from Vol State. 

 Students can access the next session using the Zoom link located on the Campus Event Page.

“I suggest that students attend because this is an excellent opportunity for them to participate in a program that was designed to promote empowerment, engagement, success, leadership, and brotherhood,” said Moore. 

To learn more about the MOCAS initiative and sessions this fall, contact Moore at

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