To transform our local community by increasing the graduation rate of African American UC students.


Develop strong mentoring relationships that promote the retention and graduation of African American UC students. Seek to provide nurturing experiences that motivate mentees to achieve academic excellence, broaden career exposure, and facilitate on-the-job experience.


STEER stands for "Striving to Transform, Enrich, Empower, and Reward". This initiative was created in January of 2010 by representatives from P&G, UC, and NURFC who all had a common desire to partner together on an effort that would benefit education in Cincinnati. This collective desire to make a difference in individuals' lives and overall communities eventually led to the formation of the STEER initiative.

The STEER initiative focuses on raising the retention rates of African American students at the University of Cincinnati. STEER provides African American students enrolled in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and majoring in Criminal Justice with African American mentors from P&G. Through the relationships with their mentor along with STEER programming and events, students are offered several tools and resources to aid in their successful matriculation through college.

STEER Partners

STEER Planning Committee

Goals for the upcoming year

  • 3.2 GPA for the overall group

  • Increased Research, Internship, or Co-Op for the school year