The Todd Anthony Bell Resource Center on the African American Male offers a variety of programs aimed at supporting African American males at The Ohio State University.

Band of Brothers

The Band of Brothers (BOB) is a student-based extension of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male (BNRC). The four core principles of the organization are: scholarship, service, professional development, and brotherhood.

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Early Arrival Program

Undergraduate African American males who participate in the EAP learn about resources and strategies to help them to succeed in college and to develop strong leadership and professional skills. To further assist them with adjusting to the rigorous academic environment of Ohio State, EAP students attend workshops and presentations on priority management, development of peer and professional relationships, the importance of asking for help, and how to access and utilize resources.

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Leadership Institute

The Bell Resource Center's Leadership Institute prepares students for campus and community leadership that will positively impact the quality of life for African American males. The Leadership Institute aims to foster cohesiveness, self-awareness, and service to the community, while providing access to quality faculty (OSU faculty/staff and community professionals) who will facilitate the individual leadership modules.

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Middle School Mentoring

The Middle School Mentoring Program is one of the signature outreach programs of The Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. The program is unique from other mentoring programs because it utilizes a group mentoring model. Undergraduate members of the BNRC serve as mentors to 7th grade African American males at Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys. Currently, mentors meet with the students every Friday in school during lunch. The activities range from workshops and focus groups to social and cultural field trips.

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Dr. William F. Pickard Scholars

The Dr. William F. Pickard Scholars Program will develop student leaders from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center and Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male with an interest in social, educational, political, communal and economic issues affecting African American communities.

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Project 25

The Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male (BRC) developed Project 25 for the purpose of helping African American male students matriculate through The Ohio State University with the intent of excelling after the completion of their undergraduate degrees. As undergraduate students, African American males typically are not adequately informed of the numerous opportunities available upon completing their undergraduate studies.

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Roundtable Discussions

Throughout the academic year, the Bell Resource Center will host roundtable discussions with extraordinary African American men from diverse professional backgrounds. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in intimate discussions with these men as they discuss current topics affecting African American men and reflect on experiences in their academic and professional careers. The roundtable discussions serve to inspire while also assist African American male students with their personal, leadership, and professional development.

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Bell Fellows Program

The Center established the Bell Fellows program in 2009 for graduate students who were interested in the work of the Center and are interested in academic careers as professors or postdoctoral researchers. This program is designated for Ohio State doctoral students who show much promise of becoming productive scholars on topics related to African American males. More specifically, it includes ongoing professional development and mentorship that will prepare students for the academic rigors of the academy. Individuals selected for the program contribute to current and new research initiatives and writing projects designed by the Bell Resource Center.


According to national data, there is a critical shortage of African American professors in higher education. There is also a dearth of social scientists that focus their scholarly pursuits on African American males throughout the lifespan. Therefore, it is essential that the Center committed to mentoring the next generation of professors, scholars, and researchers who focus their professional efforts on African American males.


The Center uses this initiative to increase the pipeline of scholars, and the number of social scientists in general, whose research focus is on African American males throughout the lifespan.

Meet the Bell Fellows

Seth E. Gaiters

• Ph.D. candidate, Graduate Teaching Associate, Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University
• M.Div., Trinity Lutheran Seminary
• Th.M., Fuller Theological Seminary
• B.A., Psychology, The Ohio State University

• Research interests: critical cultural theory, religious studies, political theology, secularism studies, black studies, performance studies

Alice Ragland

• Ph.D. candidate, Graduate Teaching Associate, Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University
• M.Ed., Cultural Studies in Education, Ohio University
• B.A., Writing and Rhetoric, Ohio University

• Research interests: Black liberation movements, anti-Blackness and Black captivity in education, emancipatory education

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