BMCC Urban Male Leadership Academy

Welcome to the BMCC Urban Male Leadership Academy (UMLA) online resource hub. Here you will find helpful tools, strategies, and links to help you transition to online learning and complete the spring 2020 semester successfully. As a member of the UMLA Family, you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these free resources!

Need a Laptop?

BMCC is providing laptops (Chromebooks) to students experiencing distance learning challenges due to lack of a computer. Please check your BMCC email to learn more and get one! If you have not received the email, please the Student Affairs department at

Update on Credit/No-Credit Policy Spring 2020

Read the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Spring 2020 credit/no-credit grading policy. Based on these changes, we recommend that students NOT drop their classes unless absolutely necessary. If you are considering dropping a class please contact UMLA Director Ashtian Holmes at 212-776-7276 or before you do so.

Spring 2020 Bursar Holds - REMOVED!

Read the latest important update on the removal of Spring 2020 bursar holds.

Summer Tuition Waivers are Available for Summer 2020

Read the latest update on summer tuition waivers and see if you meet the requirements for one.

Academic Policies have been Adjusted for Spring 2020 - DO NOT DROP YOUR CLASSES!

IMPORTANT! Read the latest message from the BMCC Interim President Karrin Wilks on adjusted academic policies and laptop distribution. If you need more clarity on this process read the FAQ or contact UMLA Director Ashtian Holmes at 212-776-7276 or

Emergency Funds Available for BMCC Students

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) has received funds to offer COVID-19 Emergency Grants to eligible students who are facing financial hardships due to the pandemic. The purpose of the grant is to help students address their immediate financial needs and support them to continue their education.

If you are student who is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and in need of emergency assistance, please contact the BMCC Single Stop Office at for further information. Please include your phone number and 8-digit CUNYfirst ID Number. A staff member from the BMCC Single Stop Office will follow up with you as soon as your inquiry is received. Please note that all grant requests require an online application and supporting documentation.

Read the latest updates from CUNY and check out the amazing CUNY student resource web page.

The latest news on the coronavirus is available at the Center for Disease Control website.

Linked is a growing large list of NYC Resources in responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York State Office of Mental Health has setup a COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline, call 1-844-863-9314 to speak to someone.

The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. Also, check out helpful for some tips managing stress and anxiety in these challenging times.

Need a Job?

Check out this list of employers who are hiring curated by the BMCC Office of Career Development. Find more jobs on our current employment opportunities page.

Tax Info

You can file your taxes for free using this link:

Economic Impact Payment info:

Weekly UMLA Virtual Meetup

Social distancing won’t break up the umlafamily! Join us via ZOOM every Wednesday at 2pm to connect with UMLA students, hear from special guests, discuss the transition to online classes, learn about amazing resources for online learning, and just say hello! Login using from any browser to connect, mobile users will be forwarded to the App Store where they can download Zoom for free. You can also join us by phone at +1 929-205-6099 PIN: ‪877 969 552

Click here to place the meetup on your calendar

Get Microsoft Office for Free!

As a BMCC student, you have free access to Microsoft Office software, mobile, and online tools. You also get 1TB of free online storage. Log into with your BMCC credentials to get them.

Get Linkedin Learning for Free!

BMCC students have free access to thousands of online courses and tutorials to accelerate your academic and professional success. Log in with your BMCC credentials to access them.

Free Dropbox Storage and Services for CUNY Students

Log into Dropbox with your BMCC credentials to get a free web storage and file transfer services, docs, and a website to showcase your files.

Get free tools from Google

Create a free Google Drive account for 15 GB of free storage and for access to Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms. These tools allow you to create collaborative documents and projects that get updated in real-time.

Free Internet Service and E-Textbooks

A number of internet providers are offering free or enhanced services to high school and college students affected by the coronavirus.

Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Altice USA brings free broadband to K-12 and college students during Coronavirus Pandemic. Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, eligible households interested in this solution can call:

  • 866-200-9522 to enroll in Optimum region
  • 888-633-0030 to enroll in Suddenlink region

T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Comcast are all lifting their unlimited data caps for cell phone subscribers for at least 60 days

Barnes and Noble has joined VitalSource and leading publishers in providing free access to eTextbooks through the remainder of the Spring term. Log into Vital Source Bookshelf app to loan free e-textbooks.

General Tips for BMCC Students transition to Distance Learning

  • Communicate early and often with your professors -If you are struggling, lack access to resources, or feel overwhelmed, please communicate that to your professor.
  • Social distance doesn't mean social isolation - Stay connected. Talk to your friends and family. Join the Weekly UMLA Virtual Meetup. Go for short walks or get exercise indoors, and communicate regularly with the people you care about.
  • DO NOT DROP YOUR CLASSES! - Unless its absolutely necessary to drop, stay in your classes. For the most part, your professors will work with you as long you communicate your issues.
  • Keep a schedule - Taking classes from home doesn't give you the right to slack off. Keep a schedule, stay organized, and stay on top of your assignments. Treat your computer/tablet/phone like an office, and complete your work on time. Block out time for studying, and do your best to remove any distractions.
  • Take advantage of Online Tutoring! - Online tutoring is in full effect, use it!
  • Check in on your peers/classmates - It takes very little to reach out your peers/ classmates, but it means A LOT! Check in on your classmates and fellow students, keep each other on track, and work together in this time of challenge and change.

About UMLA

The Urban Male Leadership Academy (UMLA) is firmly committed to its goal of increasing the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates from groups that are severely underrepresented in higher education, particularly men of color. Through its focus on structured mentorship, individualized academic support services, leadership training, and developing pipelines to higher education and professional opportunities, UMLA aims to prepare BMCC graduates who are ready to address the unique challenges of their generation.

UMLA is a proud affiliate of the CUNY Black Male Initiative

UMLA Event Schedule

Ashtian Holmes - UMLA Director

Contact Us

Urban Male Leadership Academy

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Room S430N & S430P

199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

non-office number: 347-915-4274

UMLA Student Support Hours

Monday—Friday: 9:00AM–5:00PM