The African American Male Initiative (AAMI) is a completion initiative designed to help young men find their passion, walk in their purpose, and reach their potential.
Specifically, the purpose of the program is to retain students from term to term, insuring that students maintain a GPA in good standing, experience personal and professional development, and complete their degree/certificate on time (within 2-3 years). This program is culturally relevant and supports men of color at their level of need, whether it is academic, professional, social, or emotional.
Visit the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) National organization.
African American Men who are interested in being a member of the AAMI have the opportunity to attend a new student orientation in the AAMI office, room 8-027. Students who are new or are in their first semester who have not completed a new student orientation are invited to attend a session where you will learn about all things Sinclair as well as the benefits of being a member of the African American Male Initiative.
All orientations will take place on Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. We will host up to ten students per session.
If you would like to attend, please use the contact form below to send us a message regarding which Friday you want to visit.
Our Brother 2 Brother meetings are informative and impactful! We work to bring topics that will help to develop our students academically, professionally and personally. We also celebrate birthdays monthly on the last Friday of each month with cake.
All meetings are on Friday's at 2:00 p.m. in the AAMI office, located in Building 8, Room 8027 unless otherwise listed.
January 11: The first B2B Meeting of the semester! Representatives from “Your Road to Success” will visit to discuss how our students can become mentors/tutors to elementary students in grades 2 through 6. (SOCIAL/COMMUNITY & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT)
January 18: Brenden Epps - Being Competitive vs. Checking Boxes – Communicating the differences between “looking good and being good.” (CAREER)
January 25: Carol Bonner – Carol Bonner from Sinclair’s Completion Office will visit to discuss resistance and persistence in all areas of life. (LIFE SKILLS)
February 1: Ezra Johnson – Mr. Johnson is with Wilberforce University, he will discuss leadership, as well as planning and articulation for those who would like to transfer to a four-year institution. (LEADERSHIP/EDUCATION)
February 8: Michael Carter – Sinclair’s Chief Diversity Office will help to kick off Black History Month by engaging the students in diversity trivia. (EDUCATION)
February 15: Brenden Epps – Mr. Epps returns to discuss Success Prep: Defining your success to be a success. (CAREER/LEADERSHIP)
February 22: REACH Conference – In place of our Brother 2 Brother meeting, students will be encouraged to attend the 26th annual REACH Across Dayton Conference. REACH Across Dayton seeks to promote learning in the arts and humanities by creating an atmosphere that builds respect, knowledge, appreciation, and understanding for this area's diverse cultural populations. (EDUCATION/COMMUNITY & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT)
March 1: Dannie Moore – Dannie is from Be the Match, which deals with the registry for bone marrow donation. She will discuss African Americans on the registry. (PHYSICAL HEALTH)
March 15: John Gibson – John is the first graduate of Florida International University’s “Bridge to the Doctorate” program, which helps underrepresented students pursue graduate degrees in STEM. John will speak to the students about his journey. (EDUCATION)
March 22: Christopher “CJ” Webster – Christopher, an executive at LexisNexis, will discuss College to Corporate Life and C-Suite Executive level Leadership. (CAREER/LEADERSHIP)
March 29: Brand-Aid - Students will attend the Brand-Aid event, which covers the following topics: personal branding, identifying personal strengths, using what you've been given, creating change, and working together. (CAREER/LEADERSHIP)
April 5: Bakari Lumumba - Mr. Lumumba returns to the AAMI to share and discuss the film, "10,000 Black Men Named George." (EDUCATION)
April 12: NO MEETING: AAMI Students will travel to the Black Male Summit in Akron, OH (LEADERSHIP/EDUCATION)
April 19: Jacki Cummings Koski – April is financial literacy month! Jacki will return to the Sinclair campus to discuss financial literacy with our students. (LIFE SKILLS)
April 26: Marlon Aldridge – Sinclair Physics professor will speak to the students on Leadership and Personal Development. (LEADERSHIP/LIFESKILLS)
May 3: End of Semester Celebration! AAMI Students will celebrate the end of the semester with food and fellowship! (SOCIAL)