In 2008, Chicago State University received a two-year grant under the U.S. Department of Education: Predominantly Black Institutions Program (PBI) to enhance the educational outcomes of African American males. Among other initiatives, these funds are being allocated to support programs and activities that positively enhance the climate of the Chicago State University campus, communicate messages that emphasize the importance and relevance of the college experience, and analyze issues and disparities that serve as barriers to college attendance.
CSU’s “Raising Expectations: A Black Male Initiative” program includes within it the newly established African American Male Resource Center (AAMRC) which is presently located in the Cordell Reed Student Union, room 150. The AAMRC is primarily focused on the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Black males. The AAMRC works in cooperation with other university offices and programs to provide: mentoring, academic support, financial planning, socialization, professional development and leadership training. Lecture formats expose students to distinguished leaders and thinkers in government, business, education, politics, and social policy, among others. Online services provide access to virtual learning communities for academic support and social networking. AAMRC staff provides service to and develop students with a wide range of needs. Using seminar and workshop formats, students gain an awareness of the requisite courses, experiences and college skills needed for college success. AAMRC staff also provides training to peer mentors and recruit adult black males from the community to serve as mentors.
“Kwesi” Ronald Harris , Director
African American Male Resource Center