We are proud to announce the launch of the Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males (Sweatt Center) formerly known as the African American Male Research Initiative (AAMRI). The center is an innovative academic community consisting of professors, administrators, graduate, and undergraduate students committed to contributing to our undergraduate student's academic success and acclimation to the University of Texas at Austin. As a part of this program, students have access to an interconnected array of programs and services.
Sweatt Center students are able to combine the best features of the university (world-class faculty, first-rate research facilities, competitive athletics with the kind of small community tat you would find at highly-competitive private colleges. Students within the Sweatt Center are able to take advantage of the following programs we provide:
Black Student-Athlete Summit (annual summit discussing issues of Black athletes)
Collegiate Black Male Retreat (connect with collegiate Black males from across the country)
Power Hours (weekly empowerment meetings)
Academic Services (academic advising and tutoring in popular courses (i.e. science, math, writing, psychology, etc.)
Wall Street and Silicon Valley exposure trips
AMP'd Mentorship Program (mentorship from Black male faculty, staff, and industry professionals)
Study abroad opportunities (including China, Costa Rica, and South Africa)
College for a Day Program (opportunity to expose high school males to higher education)
Professional Development (resume workshops, mock interviews, career counseling)
Black Male Education Research Collection (hands-on undergraduate exposure to research methods and projects)
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!
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Every Contribution Matters
Any size donation matters & makes the world of a difference! This donation can assist one student to engage in a development program that includes leadership building, peer-to-peer networking, and professional mentor matching.
Your donation will afford one young man the opportunity to attend a three-day personal development retreat in which they will receive 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, a retreat shirt, and transportation to and from campus.
Your donation supports one full PowerHour for 40-50 young men, in which they are provided the space to process and talk about their experience, network with peers and professionals, and food for them to eat.
Your donation will provide a semester worth of College for A Day events, which includes recruiting 20-25 college-potential high school students to participate in each event who can benefit from our Sweatt Center undergraduate opportunities and experiences here at UT-Austin.
Your donation will give 70-80 young men on the UT-Austin campus he opportunity to attend our annual Black Male Orientation, which serves as the very first-significant Sweatt Center event and represents the foundation of PowerHours at it's largest scale.