The Multicultural Center Initiatives are designed to empower, support, and assist African American students, Hispanic/Latin students, and students of color in achieving their goal of earning a college degree.

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About the MC Initiatives

In the fall of 2009, the university introduced a new mentoring program, the African American Male Initiative (AAMI), to improve retention and graduation rates for first-time entering freshmen African American male students. At the conclusion of the fall semester, 44 out of 58 AAMI new student participants ended their first semester at UA Little Rock in good academic standing. Fifty-five percent earned a 3.0 GPA or higher, and 91% of AAMI participants returned for the spring semester.


In 2012, the program was expanded to include African American women and Hispanic/Latin men and women. These initiatives are housed within the UA Little Rock Multicultural Center. Collectively, the initiatives include the African American Male Initiative, African American Female Initiative, and the Hispanic/Latin Initiative, as well as the Mentoring program.


  • Mentoring Program
  • African American Male Initiative
  • African American Female Initiative
  • Hispanic/Latin Initiative

Why join the MC Initiatives program?

Right away, you will meet students with whom you will have classes and who share common interests. And you will:

  • have individualized help with course advising
  • be connected with a peer and professional mentor
  • attend trainings and workshops to develop your academic and personal skills
  • participate in fun social activities on and off campus
  • get updates on volunteer, internship, and job opportunities


The MC Initiative’s Student Development Model reflects a holistic approach. The four components of the program are Mentoring, Transitional, Academic Support, and Professional Preparation.

Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program provides the opportunity for first-time, first-year students, and transfer students to be connected with peer and professional mentors to help ease the transition into college. Students participate in numerous relationship-building activities and academic workshops throughout the year. Students rely on their mentors to answer questions regarding the university, guidance, and resources for academic support.

In addition to mentoring responsibilities, peer mentors participate in leadership training and work directly with staff to develop an interactive, educational experience for freshmen program participants. SADI’s professional mentors also help host our monthly “Reality Check” programs and other Multicultural Center events.

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The Transitional Program

The Transitional Program consists of programming designed specifically for first-time entering and transfer freshmen. The Initiatives’ Transitional Program’s goal is to ease the transition from high school to college for these students and consists of the following programs:

  • Summer Bridge Academy
  • New Student Orientation
  • First-Year Experience Course

Academic Support Program

The Academic Support Program consists of academic success workshops, tutoring, and direct links to on-campus resources like the Writing Center and the Math Lab.

The three I’s of the program, early Intervention, Identifying needs, and Intrusive advising, are utilized to motivate students to achieve academic success. Students’ academic performance is recognized each semester at an awards ceremony.

Professional Preparation Program

The Professional Preparation Program gives students the opportunity to gain skills that are essential to success outside of the classroom. The goals of the Professional Preparation Program are as follows:

  • Enhance students’ knowledge of professional expectations and workplace etiquette.
  • Provide hands-on opportunities for the students to resolve problems in a collaborative, team environment.
  • Create a space for the development of productive relationships between students and their peers as well as students and staff.