Male Educators of Color Initiative

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Lurie College is pleased to announce the launch of our Male Educators of Color Initiative (MECI). Men of Color have a profound impact on student success in our K12 classrooms. Apply now and join a community of committed educators to make a difference in our schools, communities, and the lives of children, youth, and families.  Take a moment to explore the details of this impactful MECI fellowship opportunity and apply to join future cohorts!

The Male Educators of Color Initiative is open to all SJSU teacher credential candidates committed to combating the systemic and interpersonal barriers that disproportionately impede and discourage men of color from entering the teaching profession. The MECI does not consider race, color, national origin, sex, or any other protected status for candidates seeking to participate in MECI programs and activities. 

About the Fellowship 

20 MECI fellowships available for applicants to SJSU’s 12-month credential and Master’s Degree program in:

  • Elementary Education (Multiple Subject)
  • Ethnic Studies (Multiple & Single Subject)
  • Special Education
  • Transitional Kindergarten (4 & 5 year olds)
  • All pathways can include bilingual authorizations in Spanish, Mandarin, or Vietnamese 

Apply by Summer 2025 to join Cohort 2 of the MECI Fellowship!

*Must be admitted to Teacher Education/Special Education credential program by Spring or Summer 2025*

MECI Fellowships include:

  • Scholarship funding to cover all SJSU tuition and fees and support living expenses (Minimum scholarship funding of $25K; funding available up to $55K)
  • Housing support
  • Priority consideration for SJSU Teacher Residencies
  • Culturally sustaining curricula and field experiences
  • Mentorship from community leaders
  • Financial planning support from a dedicated financial advisor
  • Mental health and wellness support through a dedicated wellness coach 

How to Apply


Subsidies and fee waivers for prospective applicants:
- Fee waiver for fingerprinting
- Fee waiver for CSET exam registrations 

Questions or want to learn more?

MECI Interest Form

Complete the interest form to learn more about this impactful initiative and be contacted by a representative.  Please contact Dr. Luis Poza at with additional questions.


The MECI Fellowship is possible thanks to generous support from the Sobrato Foundation.