The African American Male Initiative (AAMI) is a completion initiative designed to help young men find their passion, walk in their purpose, and reach their potential.
Specifically, the purpose of the program is to retain students from term to term, ensuring that students maintain a GPA in good standing, experience personal and professional development, and complete their degree/certificate on time (within 2-3 years). This program is culturally relevant and supports men of color at their level of need, whether it is academic, professional, social, or emotional.
Visit the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) National organization.
Our Brother 2 Brother meetings are informative and impactful! We work to bring topics that will help to develop our students academically, professionally and personally. We also celebrate birthdays monthly on the last Friday of each month with cake.
All meetings are on Friday's at 2:00 p.m. in the AAMI office, located in Building 8, Room 8027 unless otherwise listed.
8/31/18: Welcome or Welcome Back! (SOCIAL/EDUCATIONAL) - It’s the first Brother 2 Brother meeting of the semester! Students will receive valuable information and updates, including all the exciting things to come for the fall semester! Special guests: former Sinclair Board Chairman Rob Connelly and Pastor Brian Hamilton.
September Finance Series (FINANCIAL)
9/7/18: Saving and Investing – In the first session of our September Finance Series, Chris Brown with WoodForest Bank will join us to discuss the importance of saving and investing and the benefits of starting NOW!
9/14/18: Banking and Budgeting – Dr. Stacy Worley, I, manager of Universal One Credit Union, will discuss banking and budgeting.
9/21/18: Credit Cards – Dr. Stacy Worley, I will return to educate us on the benefits as well as pitfalls related to using credit cards and establishing credit.
9/28/18: Insurance – Leronda Jackson with LFL Insurance will discuss the importance of auto, home, and life insurance.
9/29/18: AAMI Saturday Retreat at Downtown Dayton Metro Library (LIFE SKILLS/CAREER/FINANCIAL) – The retreat will be dedicated to bringing all the finance lessons of the month together! Our special guests will be the Hope Road Organization and David Garel with Edward Jones Investments.
10/5/18: Civic Engagement (COMMUNITY/CIVIL ENGAGEMENT) – Montgomery County Recorder Brandon McClain will visit us to discuss civic engagement and the importance of making your voice heard by exercising your right to vote.
10/12/18: NO MEETING: Select students and staff attending the Men of Color Student Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA.
10/19/18: NO MEETING: “Closing the Equity Gap” Summit to be held in the Great Hall, Building 12.
10/26/18: Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (LIFE SKILLS) – ODJFS will join us to discuss how students can obtain access to services such as food assistance and access to health care.
11/2/18: Articulation Agreements and Transferring (EDUCATIONAL) – Trish Burke-Williams and Charles Long with Academic Advising will talk about the articulation and transfer agreements you may or may not be aware of and what it takes to transfer successfully.
11/9/18: To Be Determined
11/16/18: Bakari Lumumba (CULTURAL CONSCIOUSNESS) – “Overcoming Adversity, Identifying Greatness, and African American Models of Success in the Twenty-First Century.”
11/23/18: NO MEETING: Campus closed for Thanksgiving holiday.
11/30/18: Etiquette (EDUCATIONAL/CAREER/LIFE SKILLS) – Derek Allen, Chairperson of Hospitality Management/Culinary Arts, will discuss invitations and dress, meeting etiquette, introductions and handshakes, and gender-neutral etiquette.
12/7/18: Persisting to Graduation (EDUCATIONAL/CAREER) – Dawayne Kirkman, director of Student Affairs, will tell you about the experience of a degree-seeking, first-generation high school student that just completed his doctoral degree! Learn how he turned being called “at-risk” to an “asterisk” – which is a **star**! We will also celebrate the end of fall semester with food and fellowship! (SOCIAL)