African American Male Initiative (AAMI)

The African American Male Initiative at the University of Louisville seeks to increase the retention, graduation, engagement and overall success of African American males by addressing various scholastic and social challenges, through academic engagement, mentoring, peer connection, and student involvement.

After a year of planning by the African American Male Initiative (AAMI) Task Force, along with a preliminary unveiling of the program structure via a Campus Presentation, this student success program formally began in Fall 2011. AAMI seeks to increase the retention, graduation, engagement and overall success of African American males by addressing various scholastic and social challenges, through academic engagement, mentoring, peer connection, and student involvement.

The AAMI’s core Areas of Focus are expressed through AMPS:

  • Academic Engagement
  • Mentoring Support
  • Peer Connection
  • Student Involvement

Participants are encouraged to utilize academic support resources including REACH, TRiO, the Writing Center, formal study groups as well as attend AAMI workshops and events. A Mentoring Family Network allows upperclassmen, faculty, and staff to assist participants in navigating academic and personal challenges. 

Additional AAMI Activities and Services included:

  • Brothers United (RSO)
  • Early Arrival Program
  • AAMI Living-Learning Community
  • One-on-One Academic Coaching
  • Brotherhood Retreat
  • Brothers of the Academy: Men of Color Networking Night
  • Suited 4 Success
  • Career Development Workshops
  • Participation in campus intramural sports
  • Student Leadership Conferences and Brotherhood Trips
  • Suits & Sneakers Gala: AAMI Honors Ceremony
  • Community Service Initiatives
  • Brotherhood Events: Barbershop Talks, 3-on-3 Tournament, Game Night 

AAMI History

After a year of planning by the African American Male Initiative (AAMI) Task Force, along with a preliminary unveiling of the program structure via a Campus Presentation, this student success program formally began in Fall 2011.

Initial funding was provided by committed AAMI Partners including the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Affairs, the Office of Community Engagement, the College of Arts and Sciences, and lthe University of Louisville Cultural Center. Fundraising and development to support AAMI goals and objectives is ongoing.

Assessment, participant feedback and evaluation of the African American Male Initiative continue to ensure participants are challenged and supported toward degree completion while ultimately improving institutional experiences and rates of graduation for African American males at the University of Louisville.

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