The purpose of the African American Male Mentorship Program (AAMMP) Cultural Immersion Experience is to break through the barriers and expose the AAMMP men to experiences which will enable them to:
. Define how their race/ethnicity influence their daily lives as students at Texas A&M University-Commerce
. Provide them opportunities to reflect on how they can make a difference on their campus
. Diversify their thought about society and their place among it
. Inform them on how to become strong effective student leaders in order to make a change on their campus
. Develop them to become informed global citizens
Much research has shown that African American male students who are attending a Predominately White Institution (PWI) deal with many stressors during the adjustment to university life. Unaddressed, these stressors cause students to leave the institution due to feelings of: loneliness, poor academic performance, cultural distress, and lack of involvement and commitment to the overall university (Allen, 2010; Lee, 1999; Palmer & Gasman, 2008; Van Camp, Barden, Ren Sloan & Clarke, 2009).
The African American Male Mentorship Program (AAMMP) within the Minority Males Matter (M3) initiative at Texas A&M University-Commerce, is a team of professional staff members committed to providing intentional opportunities to enrich the overall African American male student experience.
Mentees within the program are paired with upperclass men who serve as mentors and a committed group of staff staff members that assist with addressing and overcoming combating stressors that exist with transition the university life. THE AAMMP engages students through the weekly seminars and study sessions and provides a variety of tools to enhance persistence in college. Examples of weekly topics discussed include:
• Financial Literacy
• Black Lives Matter (presented by Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq. of the Harbor Institute)
• Community Relations
• What’s your privilege
• Male Body Image
• My Goals, My Dreams and My Reality
• S.W.A.G 101 (presented by Demetrius Smith of Kollaborative Kreations)
• A True Conversation about being a Black Male (presented by Brent Obleton from Stanford University)
Through the collaborative efforts between the Department of Enrollment Management and the Department of Residential Living and Learning, AAMMP is also able to provide a premiere Living and Learning Community (LLC) housed within Phase II residence hall. Through the LLC, the mentees are housed together in order to provide an intentional housing experience to assist them with their overall transition to the university and by providing intentional programming mirroring programmatic and academic initiatives that assist with retention and persistence.