There are several stakeholders within the AAMI that all play a unique role in the programs success. UALR Educational and Student Services, UALR Faculty/Staff Steering Committee, Mentees, Peer Success Advisors (PSAs), and the Family, Friends, & Alumni of UALR are the primary stakeholders of the initiative. Each of the stakeholders are dedicated to accomplishing the aims, goals, and mission of the AAMI.
In addition to the aforementioned stakeholders, whose home base is UALR, The Rockefeller Foundation, as well as private donors, are also stakeholders with a vested interest in the program’s success.
Connection of stakeholders to AAMI activities
To accomplish the mission of the AAMI each of the stakeholders work in concert. There are several layers to overall student success, and the relationship among each of the aforementioned stakeholders is all centered around:
- improving grade point averages (GPAs),
- increasing retention, and
- improving graduation rates of African American males at UALR.
This is done by creating an environment where freshmen AAMI participants (Mentees) are provided with:
- peer mentorship from Peer Success Advisors (PSAs),
- faculty/staff mentorship – that is provided via guidance from the faculty/staff steering committee as well as individual mentorship in classroom settings by faculty,
- academic success support in the form of workshops and trainings provided each semester, and
- social support via Brothers Keeper – a registered student activity group developed specifically for AAMI participants.
In addition to providing incoming freshmen with each of the interventions discussed above, the AAMI also supports the academic success and overall collegiate development of the PSAs who participate in the program. PSAs are mentored by faculty/staff in the same manner that incoming freshmen mentees are. It is the hope of the AAMI that PSAs also gain valuable knowledge and support that will help them succeed academically and socially on campus by participating in the academic and social enrichment workshops and conferences that take place during the academic year. Ideally, mentees who have been mentored by PSAs will ultimately become PSAs themselves. By incorporating this design into the initiative, freshmen who enter the program will have been thoroughly mentored by peers, faculty, and staff during each step of their academic journey at UALR. The AAMI believes that its mission will be accomplished once AA male students are given each of the opportunities provided by the stakeholders. A flow chart of the described relationships is located below.