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Call Me MISTER®​

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5th Annual UHD Men of Color Symposium: Panel Discussions


About CMM

The mission for Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) at UHD is to increase and diversify the pool of educators within the teaching field, primarily within the city of Houston.

This program was founded in 2000 at Clemson University.

Who Is CMM For?

CMM focuses on providing guidance and opportunities for minority men, particularly African American and Hispanic males.


What Do We Do ?

CMM provides many resources for prospective and current program participants. Here are some of those resources:

  • Tuition assistance through Loan Forgiveness programs for admitted students pursuing approved programs of study in teacher education at participating colleges.
  • An academic support system to help assure their success.
  • A cohort system for social and cultural support.
  • Assistance with job placement.

Our Goal

Along with helping to expand the pool of applicants within the teaching field, the primary goal is to support our primary school district with diverse and qualified men to teach within local K-12 schools.


Become a MISTER!

Application Process (Step-By-Step)

Procedures for admission to the Call Me MISTER® program must be completed in the following order:

  • Apply for and be accepted into one of the participating colleges or universities from which the degree and teaching certificate will be earned (
  • Apply for FAFSA
  • Submit Official Transcripts and Shot Records
  • Complete the Call Me MISTER® online application.
  • Sign up and attend New Student Orientation (summer)

Call Me Mister students  
TEACH For Houston 

Application Support

Our friends at the nonprofit TEACH for Houston have free tools and resources to make applying to UHD’s undergraduate teaching programs easier and more affordable! Create a free account to use UHD’s free interactive application checklist on, and you’ll also gain access to:

  • $100 fee reimbursement towards application and testing expenses.
  • 1-on-1 expert advice for any question along the way.
  • How-to guides for eligibility, applications, testing and finances.
  • A chance to win a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition.
  • Find resources for Future Black Educators​

Sign Up Today!

Kemonta Jackson

Kemonta Jackson

Kemonta Jackson is from Nashville, TN and joins UHD as a transplant to Houston, TX. Kemonta (or sometimes called “Keke”, his childhood nickname) earned his Master ​of Art in Education from Tennessee State University (TSU) and Bachelor of Science from Lane College (LC) and Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC). Kemonta’s studies include research in health education and sport science. He also served as a graduate assistant and teaching/research assistant during his tenure at TSU. He also lettered in Football and Basketball while in undergraduate studies.
Kemonta Jackson’s professional experience includes corporate wellness, public schools, community support, and non-profit. His most recent work involves serving as a Program Director and Co-Chair of Diversity and Inclusion within the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and its’ Board. In his personal time, Kemonta enjoys community involvement as a character coach and mentor. He invests time in partnering with independent small groups that’s focus on minority inclusion and solutions to minority barriers in today’s society. Some of his favorite things to do in his free time is working out, playing basketball, and traveling.

Contact Us

Kemonta Jackson
Program Coordinator, Call Me MISTER®

Last updated 12/8/2021 3:19 AM