The University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative will fund a course this spring at the University of North Georgia aimed at helping African-American male students develop greater communication, decision-making and leadership approaches.
“In addition to the stated goals of the course, we expect there to be a residual effect of retention and graduation among the students who take this course,” said Robert Robinson, director of UNG’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. “The course will keep the same basic curriculum as our current adaptive leadership course, but we will supplement the class with guest speakers, tailored objectives and other leadership components.”
AAMI was established more than 10 years ago by the Georgia Board of Regents, and it is designed to enhance the recruitment and retention of African-American men in higher education. MSA and UNG’s Department of Psychology are working together to implement the $10,000 grant.
“This funding will enable us to expand the AAMI initiative past our Gainesville campus to include our Dahlonega campus,” Robinson said. “This is the first time we’ve been able to do this, and we hope this will help us apply for another grant in the future for other campuses.”
The course also counts toward UNG’s leadership minor, which can be tailored to help students grow in organizational leadership, global leadership or leadership in society.