Who We Are
The African American Male Research Initiative (AAMRI) is a faculty-led academic initiative rooted in evidence-based practices to promote academic excellence among African American males. AAMRI includes a research focus that informs public policy experts, practitioners, and concerned citizens on how best to create and maintain a culture of Black male excellence in K-20 settings. This research guides a hands-on practical approach to help AAMRI achieve its major goals: to increase the four-year graduation rate for African American males at The University of Texas at Austin and to increase the number of Black males attending four-year colleges and universities across the state of Texas.
- Academic coaching and advising
- Free and unlimited tutoring
- Weekly PowerHours
- Monthly professional development workshops
- Undergraduate research lab on Black males
- Internship program
- Student-athlete programming
- Study abroad (Beijing and Cape Town)
- College for a Day program
- Collegiate Black Male Retreat
PowerHours are weekly empowerment sessions geared towards increasing the sense of belonging, support, and personal/professional development of young men. Given that Black students represent less than 5% of the total UT population, and Black males are even a small percentage of that number, AAMRI creates a space to assist these young men to intentionally and purposely connect with each other, as well as Black male faculty, staff, and professionals within the Austin community. PowerHours provide an atmosphere for young men to process their experiences, challenge their personal narratives, support their holistic growth, and connect with resources to propel them into their personal and professional life trajectories. PowerHours include food provided for the students in attendance, subject matter speakers to inform students and facilitate conversation, and time to network with other students, faculty/staff, and community professionals.
Why We Need Your Help
There are many costs associated to supporting these students with holistic development. Your donation will significantly aid students in receiving the additional support that contributes to their feelings of belonging and well-being. Your donations will go directly toward helping students perform at a higher level academically, pursuing higher goals with the confidence that they will achieve them, and becoming more engaged within the overall campus and local community. Your donation helps these students remember that THEY ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE!