History

In 2000, the University System of Georgia (USG) verified that USG institutions enrolled a low percentage of African-American males in comparison to the percentage of African-American males in the population. For example, within the USG, African-American females out-numbered African-American males two to one (28,000 to 14,000) even though the percentage of African-American males and females in the population was about the same. A similar situation exists in almost every University System in the country.

In response, the USG in 2001 developed a special funding initiative to conduct studies aimed at identifying barriers to the participation of African-American males in the University System of Georgia. The end result of this thrust was the crystallization of the African-American Male Initiative for the University System of Georgia in 2003. The initiative focused on the recruitment, progression, and graduation of African-American males at USG institutions.

The University of West Georgia (UWG) has been associated with the African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) since 2002. New African-American male freshmen enrollment has increased significantly during the past few years. The retention of African-American male students has been a priority for the University. Data from AAMI Learning Communities (AAMI-LC's) instituted initially by Dr. Said Sewell, and more recent data from AAMI-LC’s instituted by Dr. Jack O. Jenkins in 2010 and Dr. Jenkins and new AAMI program coordinator Ms. Cheryl Thomas Hill in Fall 2011, point to the effectiveness of the AAMI-LC's. The commitment of the University of West Georgia remains strong. The commitment is that all students who matriculate here should graduate.