Purpose and Goals
The African American Male Initiative’s (AAMI) purpose is to increase the retention and graduation rates of African American male students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The goals of AAMI are student academic success, retention, and graduation. AAMI participants are African American male students at UALR. Freshmen are recruited to participate in the program as soon as they have enrolled in classes at the University. The infrastructure of the program is grounded in intrusive mentoring. This mentoring is accomplished on multiple levels: from upperclassmen peers (Peer Success Advisors or PSAs), faculty, and administrators. In addition to intrusive mentorship, the program provides workshops, cultural events, and a student support group component named “Brother’s Keeper” to encourage peer support both inside and outside the classroom.
- Assist Students in identifying resources
- Establish positive mentoring and peer advising relationships
- Help students focus on and sharpen academic skills
- Acquaint students with organizations and methods to become involved on the campus and the community
- Help build a sense of community on the UALR campus
AAMI’s Brother’s Keeper meeting.