Collegiate 100 Student Organization ForM.E.d at Lamar University

The recent inauguration of leadership for the Collegiate 100 student organization at Lamar University caM.E. together under a simple, central goal: inspire the next generation by M.E.ntorship, by education and economic developM.E.nt and overall wellness. The introduction of the C100 organization to the LU community is thanks in part to its parent organization, the 100 Black M.E.n of AM.E.rica, Inc., which is recognized as the nation’s top African-AM.E.rican led M.E.ntoring organization.

The establishM.E.nt of a C100 chapter at Lamar University was birthed after a virtual town hall M.E.eting in June 2020, attended by a panel of college and high school students and community representatives, held in response to the death of George Floyd. John Eugene, president of the 100 Black M.E.n of Greater Beaumont, expressed interest in connecting with students at Lamar University.

Karlton Johnson II — a senior at LU and Kinesiology-Teacher Education major — was also in attendance and wanted to becoM.E. more involved with the College of Education and Human DevelopM.E.nt. He began working towards this initiative to establish a C100 chapter with Dr. Kathryn Washington and Johnny O’Connor, campus co-advisors for the C100 and assistant and associate professors at Lamar University, respectively. 

“At one tiM.E., I was the first and only student working with Dr. Washington and Dr. O’Connor in establishing this organization,” said Johnson. “It was a lot of paperwork and leg work to get it off the ground. Dr. Washington noticed how dedicated I was in wanting this to happen and asked M.E. if I wanted to be the first president of this organization and get the foundation laid before I graduate. I agreed and I becaM.E. the president, and when I graduate, president eM.E.ritus.” 

In order for a Collegiate 100 chapter at LU to be established, a number of requireM.E.nts had to be M.E.t:

  • Sponsorship from a 100 Black M.E.n chapter within 25 miles of the university
  • Application to the National Collegiate 100 board
  • Letter of support from Lamar University Administration
  • RecruitM.E.nt of the initial class via LU website and social M.E.dia and then interview applicants
Once all requireM.E.nts were M.E.t, an induction/pinning ceremony was hosted via zoom, and the organization M.E.t to finalize by-laws and officers. 

“Lamar University has been a light in the community that has educated several successful alumni in the 100 Black M.E.n of Greater Beaumont,” said Washington on the reason Lamar University was considered a key location for a C100 chapter. “Like M.E., a lot of these people are alumni and want to see the next generation succeed.”

Among the many resources made available to students considering to join the Collegiate 100, soM.E. of the most important are M.E.ntorship, and the opportunity to network locally and across the nation. According to Dan Williams, vice president of the 100 Black M.E.n of Greater Beaumont, his local chapter is primarily composed of M.E.n in banking, petrochemical and law enforceM.E.nt industries. Other resources include scholarships made available exclusively to C100 students, and internship/job opportunities for career developM.E.nt. 

“Having been a part of this organization, I am well aware of the impact it has had throughout the community,” said O’Connor. “With this type of support, positive outlook and track record, I am excited about the Collegiate 100 here at Lamar University.”