African American Female Initiative

The African American Female Initiative was created Fall 2016 and offered to African American first year enrolled females. his program offers structured academic support and counseling to assist the success and academic development in the first year of college.

The African American Female Initiative is designed to provide intrusive advising support and to connect students to critical academic and campus resources which may encourage their success at the university. The overall goal of the African American Female Initiative is to support students’ academic performance and retention, as measured by first semester GPA and second semester enrollment.

The African American Female Initiative offers individual “coaching” with professional staff members. Students meet with a retention coach for 3 regularly scheduled sessions occurring through the academic year. The retention coach works with the students to create an academic support plan for the fall/spring semesters, answer personal and time management concerns, and to advocate for students with campus services and support.

Students are also encouraged to attend and participate in programming designed to support their holistic success at the University of Louisville. This programming includes:

  • Cultural Center Career Development Series
  • Cultural Center Diversity Lecture Series
  • Women4Women events
  • Empowering Ladies Together events
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) at UofL
  • Women's Student Veterans Group
  • Student-Parent Association
  • College Women's Leadership Conference
  • Elect Her
  • International Women's Day
  • Self-Defense Workshop
  • Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
  • Clothing-Exchange Project
  • Campus Talk
  • Mentoring Program
  • Equal Pay Day
For more information contact
Vickie Bridgeman
502-852-0232
vghals01@louisville.edu