The RCC Brotherhood is a collection of men who meet biweekly to connect and fellowship. The group offers its members an opportunity to seek social and emotional support for academic stress and the challenges resulting from the negative perceptions facing men of color. Meetings serve as touch points throughout the year to build community among male students of color and the campus as a whole.

James Thompson (l) and Jose Andrades (r) discuss their experiences as members of the Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood has created a strong network of student peers and professional staff mentors on-campus.   Before linking with the Brotherhood, Jose Andrades had mostly female friendships and served as a listening ear for their problems; never feeling like he had friendships where that could be fully reciprocated.  Since enrolling at RCC, Jose has changed his major and career goals, become a parent, and gotten engaged. Each step of the way, his Brotherhood peers have played a key role in his growth.

“It’s like men’s empowerment,” says Jose. “You relate to people who have the same struggles, when things are hard [being in the Brotherhood] reminds you not to feel like you are alone.”

For James Thompson, who was introduced to the group by a staff mentor, the Brotherhood models healthy friendships between men. “To me it’s a more realistic picture of masculinity.  I came from a community of people who don’t support one another.” Thompson later added, “the Brotherhood shows you that a strong chain is only as good as its weakest link.”

At a time where these men are learning to balance life’s changes with coursework and other responsibilities, the RCC Brotherhood offers refuge. Advisors like Michael Joseph and Kurt Mueller understand that men are more likely to be vulnerable with you if you model it, first.  They’ve created a space for these students to let their guards down.

Interested in learning more about RCC’s Brotherhood? Contact the Office of Student Life at
617-427-0060 ext. 5348.