Less than 2% of teachers in the U.S. are African American Males. The Call Me MISTERĀ® program at Grambling State University exists to change that statistic.

Originally founded at Clemson University in 2000, the Call Me MiSTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role models) program strives to increase the pool of available teachers from a more diverse background, particularly among the State's lowest-performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. Call Me MiSTER serves students at 19 participating colleges within South Carolina and 8 national partner institutions, including Grambling State University that offers:

What We Offer



Tuition assistance


Out-of-state fee waivers



Academic Coaches

Praxis Prep



Preferential Housing

Professional Learning Communities

Networking Opportunities

Service-Learning and Leadership Training

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"As I advance through the program, I began to understand that the privilege of teaching others is bigger than myself."

- Mister Ja'Deric Talbert, Future Educator

Contact Us

Dr. George Noflin
Associate Professor

Phone: (318) 805-6225
Email: nofling@gram.edu
Director of Black Male Initiative/Call Me MiSTER Program
College of Education
Grambling State University

Daphne Tolliver, MS
Phone: (318) 274-2251
Email: tolliverd@gram.edu
Program Coordinator/Call Me MiSTER Program
College of Education
Grambling State University



It is the policy of Call Me MiSTER that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or in any way be subjected to, discrimination in any program or activity of the university. Participation in the Call Me MiSTER program is open to anybody, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, if they are capable of facilitating the achievement of its objectives.

Discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veterans status is prohibited.