Community Partner: Commission on Young African American Males
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity established the Commission on Young African American Males (Commission) in 2014 by the National President James Payne with Dr. Gregory J. Vincent and Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson, who served on the Commission’s inaugural committee as Chair and committee member, respectively. Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity is best known as the Boulé, a Greek term meaning “council of noblemen.” Founded in 1904, Sigma Pi Phi is the oldest Greek-letter organization comprised primarily of African American men. The Boulé has less than 4,000 members throughout the world. Its membership consists of some of the most accomplished, affluent and influential men—leaders who are making lasting contributions to their communities, our society, and the world.
The Commission is part of both the Grand Public Policy and Social Action committees and is charged with developing ways for the Boulé to become more involved with young African American men, to help address their overrepresentation in the nation’s foster care and prison systems and underrepresentation in the higher education pipeline. Under the leadership of Dr. Jackson, with the technical support of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), the Commission has become a central partner of the national leadership team of My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) in the White House. In addition to its involvement with MBK, the Commission will: (a) develop strategic partnerships with organizations committed to African American/Black males and find ways to organize and convene them to develop a unified mission; (b) conduct research on topics that align with the Boulé Strategic Plan focused on African American males and disseminate findings through reports, panel discussions, and articles in various media outlets; and (c) coordinate presentations and panels to provide “best practices” for social action programs targeting African American males.