The Black Male Institute was founded in 2009 by CTS Faculty Director Dr. Tyrone Howard to address concerns around equity and access for Black males in education. Housed within the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools, BMI operates as an entity within CTS, maintaining a focus on equity and access for Black males. The Black Male Institute’s primary goal is to conduct reliable research, practical interventions, and effective programs that enrich the educational experiences and life chances of Black males in the United States by engaging researchers, scholars, practitioners, community based organizations, policy makers and students across the P-20 spectrum. Since 2009 BMI has hosted over 500 middle and high school students on the UCLA campus to participate in workshops focused on preparing young Black males for college; and has hundreds of educators and community members attend its annual Think Tank.