Brothers on the Rise

Brothers on the Rise is the University of Toledo’s Faculty and Staff mentorship group committed to the success of Black and Brown male students. We understand that COVID-19 has significantly altered your Spring Term, however, we wanted to provide you with some encouragement as you make informed decisions for the remainder of the term.

Brothers on the Rise is the University of Toledo’s Faculty and Staff mentorship group committed to the success of Black and Brown male students.  We understand that COVID-19 has significantly altered your Spring Term, however, we wanted to provide you with some encouragement as you make informed decisions for the remainder of the term.


  1. Stay engaged. Don't be discouraged. 
  2. Understand impact of Pass/No Credit being offered for Spring 2020 
    • The following options are available and if approved, the course will not count towards your semester or cumulative GPA
      • PC (Pass) - earned a letter grade of a C and above may elect this grade. 
      • PE (Pass) - earned a letter grade of a C-, D+, D or D- may elect this grade.
      • NE (No Credit) – No credit is earned, if you have earned an F should elect this grade for not to be counted towards your GPA.
      • IE (Incomplete) - you work with your professor to complete to remaining assignments in the course – letter will be received on a later date. IE would be the immediate grade.
    • Once you view your letter grade you will have until May 22, 2020 to decide if you want to request the PC/PE/NE option – click here for more information
    • 2020 Spring Pass/No Credit Grade Option Form
  3. Understand financial impact of dropping courses (drop date moved to May 1st) 
  4. Talk to your Success Coach
  5. Talk to your advisor
  6. Check your mental health
  7. Rocket aid
  9. Utilize Learning Enhancement Center (LEC)
  10. Reach Out to Brothers on the Rise

Success Link

David Young

David Young, BA

Director, Toledo EXCEL and Special Projects

"The Faculty and Staff in BOTR remain committed to your success.  We have been meeting regularly working to solve many of the unforeseen problems that COVID -19 has uncovered.  We understand that Spring 2020 has brought unique challenges to your semester. We hope the contents of this webpage can help you successfully navigate the remainder of the term. Below, we have included links to resources that you may find useful in navigating these difficult times. Please know that you have our support and we are here to help. 

Feel free to reach out to me directly at or 419.530.3815."

Sammy Spann

Sammy Spann, Ph.D.

Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs

"Many of you may be feeling the financial impact of this pandemic.  I wanted to remind you that Rockets Care and we are here to assist you with lifes challenges.  Please remember the food pantry remains open and staffed for you as well as our counseling center.  The Rocket to Rocket emergency aid is available for you to apply for financial assistance.  Lastly, if you are having concerns please reach out and ask for help to me directly or fill out a Rocket Care form

Of course, you can always call me 419.530.8852 or email at"

Demya Wimberly


Success Coach, Center for Success Coaching

"As Program Manager in the Center for Success Coaching, I work primarily with students within the College of Health and Human Services, College of Nursing, and Student-Athletes. As a Success Coach, we help students be proactive and empowered through course-related challenges and help refer to academic support services and other campus resources. Your success coach will be with you from orientation to graduation. 

If you need to speak with your specific Success Coach immediately call 419.530.1250 or email"

Kenneth Brown


Advisor, TRIO Student Support Services

"As an advisor in TRIO Student Support Services, I provide social and academic support, and assist in the needs of first generation, low income, disabled, and military connected students. TRIO SSS offers tutoring, mentorship, career advising, social support, financial literacy, etc. Does this sound like the support and family atmosphere you would like to be a part of? Apply for admittance today.

Please feel free to contact me at 419.530.3850 or email at"


Craig Turner


Advisor, College of Business and Innovation

"Career Advisor, Business Career Programs
Available to assist business majors with a variety of personalized career development services such as resume creation/reviews, job search techniques, networking, Interview coaching, Internships and full-time job placement. Your success is our success. Feel free to reach out anytime at or Visit our website.

Career Services provides comprehensive career planning services for all UToledo students and alumni. Virtual appointments and online resources that address all professional development needs are available including: resume, CV and cover letter writing assistance, mock interviews and job search strategies. Feel free to reach out to or and visit our website.

The Shah Center for Engineering provides Co-Op assistance to the College of Engineering. Shah Center Co-op directors will assist with all your professional development needs to prepare you for your co-op experiences. Feel free to reach out to and visit our website."

Dr. Flapp Cockrell


Vice President for Student Affairs & Vice Provost

"Your well-being and safety are very important to me. It is my hope during this season of uncertainty, you remain committed and focused on your personal and professional endeavors. I'm elated that we (UToledo) are committed to your growth and development as aspiring global citizens. In the event you need us, please connect with us. Be well and safe.

Thanking you in advance for the opportunity to serve you. Please be kind, take care, and have a good day."

Dr. Willie McKether


Vice President & Vice Provost, Office of Diversity & Inclusion

"I sincerely hope everyone is remaining safe and healthy during this time. Please remember there are faculty and professionals who do this work to support your success. We strongly encourage you to stay engaged and seek out support from UTOLEDO faculty, staff and administrators that want to enhance your probability for your success and graduation.

If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at 419.530.2260 or




Anthony J. Pattin, PharmD

Assistant Professor
Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Antonio Allen, MA

Interim Senior Hall Director
Ottawa House

Benjamin Davis, JD

Professor of Law
College of Law


Davlon Miller, MA

Assistant Director
Career Development Career Services

Demond L. Pryor, MA

Office of Recreational Services

James Townsend, MA

Clinical Counselor
University of Toledo Counseling Center Main Campus

Jon-Jama Scott, MA

Academic Advisor
Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math Science Programs

Kennedy Doro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Kevin West, JD

Senior Director
Faculty Labor Relations
Office of the Provost

Shingi Mavima, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Letters
RM 5210B, University Hall

William L. Pierce, MA - '99, '09

Associate Vice President
Alumni Engagement
Executive Director
UToledo Alumni Association



Last Updated: 10/20/20