Georgia Tech's African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) focuses on retention through academic excellence and leadership.
AAMI/GT PRIME, in alignment with the University System of Georgia (USG) African American Male Initiative (AAMI), aims to enhance Black male enrollment, performance, and leadership in higher education. We meet these aims through culturally responsible freshmen orientation programs, peer/alumni mentoring, tutorial, resource support and professional/identity development. AAMI/GT-PRIME has employed targeted initiatives for African American males that have aligned with an overall increase in AAMI participants’ academic performance. The 2014 AAMI freshman cohort achieved exceptional performance levels with an average GPA of 3.43 compared to a 3.04 average GPA for non-AAMI black freshman and 3.40 average GPA for non-black freshman males. This was the second consecutive year since AAMI/GT-PRIME inception in 2011 that our AAMI First-Term participants outperformed the rest of the males on campus. AAMI/GT-PRIME offers programmatic initiatives from Summer to Spring semesters at Georgia Tech.
Past events have included: • Men of Distinction Seminar: Exploring Pathways to Success and Social Action – Featuring distinguish GT Faculty/Staff: Drs. Raheem Beyah, John-Paul Clarke, Baratunde Cola, Archie Ervin, Gary May, Keith Oden, Manu Platt, and Damon Williams
• Am I (still) my Brother’s Keeper?: New Conversation Around an Old Paradigm- Co-facilitated by GT Alumni: Luqman Abdur-Rahman (APS Principal & Educator), The Honorable Andre Dickens (Atlanta City Council), Cedric Stallworth (Georgia Tech), Major General Ronald Johnson (Georgia Tech) and Ryan Stewart (2LiveStews)
• Real Conversation with Black Woman: Can we talk across genders? – Featuring GT Alumnae: Kia Benion (Triage Consulting Group), Quirtina Crittenden( Triage Consulting Group), Erikka Mallet (Women in Technology, Women of the Year), and Jade Sims (Georgia Tech).
• Broadening the African American Footprint: Moving Beyond Student to Corporate Leader- Featuring key corporate executives and representatives from AT&T, Georgia Transmission Corporation, General Electric, GTRI, Southwire, Sprint and many more
• Tackling the Mountain and the Vision – Historic Team building 5-mile Mountain Climb and Skylift Ride
• Fearless Dialogue –Facilitated by Dr. Gregory Ellison II (Emory University)
• Brother to Brother- Collaborative unity session with GT NPHC Fraternity members