The African American Male Initiative (AAMI) is a grant-funded student success program that focuses on increasing the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of black men in University System of Georgia (USG) institutions. In 2002, this system-wide initiative was created in response to the lower rates of black male college enrollment and completion across the state of Georgia. These lower completion rates were attributed, in part, to the lack of curricular and co-curricular support that black men received prior to and throughout their college journeys. In response, the USG funded the AAMI grant program which has led to system institutions establishing campus initiatives that have been very successful in improving black male college success and completion.


AAMI Structure

Students interested in the AAMI program can seek enrollment in the following AAMI groups:

Ambassadors- 12 upperclassmen selected to serve as peer mentors and representatives of KSU’s AAMI program. Participants are selected as space becomes available. 

Distinguished Black Gentlemen (DBG)- Student development organization that plans campus-wide programming targeted for minority males. Participants can join at any time by attending a monthly DBG meeting. 

Freshmen AAMI Cohort (FAM)- 25 incoming freshmen students selected to participate in the first-year AAMI experience. Incoming freshmen are selected in May and June each academic year. 

Pillars of Development

AAMI provides a variety of programs and opportunities for students focused on the following development pillars:

Academic- The AAMI program will help participants learn how to identify their academic strengths and weakness and learn how to leverage them for the best academic results. 

Leadership- The AAMI program will help participants increase their leadership skills by empowering them to strive for excellence and learn ways to influence others.

Professional- The AAMI program focuses on enhancing professional readiness to help participants transition into their chosen careers or economic opportunities after graduation. Participants will learn how to compete in a competitive economy and know how to market their strengths and experiences. 

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