Men Integrated in Brotherhood Returns to BSU

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic caused the downfall of many campus organizations, but Men Integrated in Brotherhood (MIB) is ready to make its impactful comeback to campus. In an interview with President Alex Vieira (he/him) (’24), The Comment received some insight into the journey of MIB’s revival.

Men Integrated in Brotherhood is a collective of male students who are dedicated to promoting men’s mental health, fostering strong connections, and creating a safe space on campus for students. “What we try to do is advocate how important it is to check in with one another and create a sense of brotherhood,” Vieira said. “In our meetings, we try to have fun, but we’ll have serious talks here and there to say, ‘Hey, if you fall, we’ll be here to pick you back up’ type of thing.” Viera believes students should get involved because MIB provides “a space for them to be themselves” where they can seek advice from their peers and help prepare each other for post-grad challenges.

Alex Vieira joined MIB as vice president amidst the reopening of college campuses during the pandemic. He admitted to not initially being completely dedicated and said that it was a big learning process for him. He recalls the struggle of trying to get attendees for meetings and events with little success. “Adversity is always part of the journey,” he explained. “That’s what we’re facing now, but it’s what makes us better.” After his president stepped down, Vieira was appointed to the role. With a lack of advertisement, there was little engagement with the organization, leaving Vieira distraught. However, he was inspired by how other organizations were able to gain momentum.

“I decided to take a chance as president and see how far I could go. I spoke to a lot of alumni at the Lewis & Gaines Center for Equity and Inclusion’s (LGCIE) Splash of Color event and the word that kept coming up was ‘brotherhood.’ Creating that brotherhood is the key to what this organization stands for.”

Viera credits the rest of the MIB e-board to making the organization what it is today. “The e-board that I have is a group of fantastic individuals and this club couldn’t be here without them. I have a lot to thank them for.”

Students can be on the lookout for Men Integrated in Brotherhood’s bi-weekly meetings on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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