Black Male Institute

Professor Howard, who in 2008 founded the Black Male Institute (BMI), is a research cohort of UCLA Ed & IS. Projects led by the BMI focus on issues of education for Black and other young males of color.

Young Ambassadors Leadership Academy, was able to attend a college tour at UCLA as a special guest of Dr. Howard and they were educated about the Black Male experience and empowered to make a difference by setting goals and working towards academic excellence.
Earlier this year, Dr. Howard was also recognized with two UCLA awards – the university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award and the Harvey L. Elby Art of Teaching Award. These honors are in no small part due to his teaching in the Urban Schooling Division, the Teacher Education Program, the Educational Leadership Program, the Education Studies Minor, the BMI research seminar , as well as his successful mentorship of countless undergraduate and graduate students at UCLA.
A faculty member in UCLA’s Teacher Education Program (TEP), Howard also serves as faculty director of Center X and has an appointment as an associate faculty member at UCLA’s Bunche Center for African American Studies. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Before arriving at UCLA in 2001, Professor Howard was an assistant professor in the College of Education at The Ohio State University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, his master’s degree in education from CSU Dominguez Hills, and his bachelors of arts degree in economics from UC Irvine.
Best known for his scholarship on race, culture, and education, Howard is one of the most renowned scholars on educational equity, the African American educational experience, and urban schools. He has written extensively on topics including educational access for African American students, educational equity, and culturally responsive pedagogy for numerous journals, book chapters, and publications. His most recent book, “Black Male(d): Peril and Promise in the Education of African American Males,” (2014), is published by Teachers College Press, and became a TC Press bestseller last year.