Looking at the walls of Richard Male’s office, the pictures tell a story, one of giving, teaching and influencing that dates back over 40 years. As a Regis University faculty member, he brings these decades of knowledge and experience from the world of nonprofit to his Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) degree students.
From the black and white photo that dates back to a time when he was a recent graduate of New York University in the ‘60s, to color photos of him years later in foreign lands, Male has constantly been on the move. He’s been the living example of global nonprofit leadership; developing public policy, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, working as a civil rights activist in the Mississippi Delta, and for human rights in the Middle East.
“I want to get students excited about being leaders,” he said. “I try to provide them with inspiration and motivation to make nonprofit work a career.”
Male has taught at the State University of New York, Washington University, the Iliff School of Theology, and has been teaching at Regis University for the past 18 years. Richard Male and Associates was founded 10 years ago to coach, train, and provide consulting to a diverse range of nonprofit organizations large and small.
Creating hands-on learning experiences for Regis MNM students, Male plays a central role in discovering new opportunities and cultivating partnerships for Regis University’s Service Oriented Field Experience (SOFE) program. Students travel across the U.S. and the globe to be on-site, working for a Nonprofit Organization (NPO) or a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). This enables them to learn firsthand the social, cultural, political and economic dynamics within a society and the people within it.
“These adult learners already have a passion to change the world. I just need to get them the information tactically. And I try to bring an international aspect to the classroom.”
Male makes a habit of staying connected to his students after graduation. They continue to call on him as they make their way to leadership positions within the nonprofit field, passing on that power of influence to others along the way.
“I have always loved to develop people and transform society,” he said with a grin. “And I loved the idea of the Master of Nonprofit Management degree program that supports the emerging nonprofit sector.”
The Jesuit mission also speaks to the core of the MNM program and the worldwide community of nonprofit. Social justice. Human rights. Helping others to help themselves. All things taught in the classroom and realized in the lives of others.
“Every single movement has an NGO behind it,” he affirms. “This is where global change truly begins.”