Achievement Initiative for Marginalized Males - University of Houston
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Our Mission

AIMM is the Achievement Initiative for Marginalized Males program, designed to improve the recruitment and retention of African American and Hispanic males at the University of Houston. Participants receive academic support and character and leadership development through programs and workshops. Males in the program also participate in community engagement opportunities and receive mentoring by faculty, staff, and peers.

Learning Outcomes

  • By being an active participant in the AIMM Program, students will enhance their professional skills through public speaking, resume development, and personal branding.
  • The AIMM program creates opportunities for participants to connect with campus resources, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the Houston community.
  • The AIMM program cultivates a sense of belonging at the University of Houston.
  • By being an active participant in AIMM, students will foster mentoring relationships with UH faculty and staff that contributes to their personal, academic, and professional development as student leaders.
  • The AIMM members will be able to identify and utilize academic-related resources and tools to enhance their academic performance in the classroom.
  • By participating in service-learning projects, AIMM members will recognize the importance of community service and civic responsibility with UH and the greater Houston community.

Research

To ensure that young men of color have increased persistence and feel comfortable on campus, they must feel as though faculty members and the campus community care about their success. Literature shows that a sense of belonging provides students an essential tool in their efforts to further their education by building strong student to faculty relationships and interacting with diverse groups on campus (Strayhorn, 2012).

Responsibilities

  • Attend bi-weekly meetings & workshops
  • Utilize campus resources
  • Complete 30 hours of community service
  • Complete 2 hours of study hall weekly
  • Establish a meaningful relationship with the assigned mentor
  • Represent AIMM at campus and community events

Benefits

  • Mentor-matching with university staff and faculty
  • Academic support via campus partners
  • Educational and social programming designed to enhance the student experience
  • Cultural excursions that expose males to diverse offerings in the local Houston-area
  • Community service and engagement opportunities to serve local organizations and nonprofits
  • Leadership development
  • Cohort-style peer relationships

Qualifications

  • GPA requirement 2.5 
  • Must be an undergraduate student
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Personal Statement on why you would like to join the program
  • Must provide a clear headshot
  • If GPA is below a 2.5, please add a letter of support stating how you would benefit from the program since you do not meet the GPA requirement.
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2021-2022 Cohort

  • Christian Avalos Minor - Junior, Marketing and Finance Major
  • Victor Castro - Sophmore, Political Science Major
  • Eyoel Gebrelul - Sophomore, Computer Information Systems Major
  • Chris Jones - Senior, Economics Major
  • Esrome Kiflezion - First Year Student, Exploratory Studies Major
  • Abraham Nunez - Junior, Philosophy Major
  • Cordell Nunnery - Junior, Political Science Major

Member Spotlight

Andres L. Stubbs

Major: Computer Science

Classification: Sophomore

Why did you get involved in AIMM?
“I joined AIMM to meet new people and to participate in various campus events that will help me to better learn about myself while also learning about others.”

How has the AIMM program helped you?
“Since joining AIMM I have been able to put more focus on my school work and connect with other individuals who are invested into their communities. I have also been provided with excellent advice about the factors young adolescents face within their college experience. AIMM so far has helped me realize that by working hard, being professional, and having a positive outlook on life, you too can succeed no matter the color of your skin.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are currently closed and will reopen Spring 2022.
Please click on the Application link at the bottom of this webpage. Please note, you must be signed into your CougarNet email to fill out the application.
Interested students can reach out to Shante Fossie at safossie@cougarnet.uh.edu as the point of contact. You can also stop by the Center (Student Center South, B12) for more information on the AIMM program.