Antonio Banks was eager to join a robust community of black students as an undergraduate at the State, San Bernardino University of California. He was thrilled to be surrounded by other black men "who were enthusiastic about education" as if he were. But when he returned to the campus as a sophomore, many of these students were missing. He heard they stopped for different reasons: some were stuck in remedial courses and placed on academic probation after struggling to complete, while others felt alienated and isolated on campus.

"I will never forget that feeling of seeing them all eliminated in the first year, and it was not for lack of intelligence or lack of capacity," the banks said.

Those memories stayed with him, and now, over a decade later. Banks, 34, is the first director of successful male black and color Compton College. The role of him, which began in late November, explicitly created to ensure that black men were kept registered have academic success and graduate.

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