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AAMI seeks to enable students to discover their role in society by allowing them to achieve their full potential academically and to assume leadership roles on our campus and in our communities upon graduation. Founded in 2008 by Mr. Ervin D. Anderson, AAMI was designed to recruit, educate, retain and graduate African American males. The goals of AAMI promote a positive influence on the overall campus educational goals and growth. AAMI promotes positive individual self images and engage in mentorship collaborations, workshops, motivational speaking sessions, and cultural travel experiences.

AAMI stands firm in its commitment to increase the retention rate of all students, especially freshmen males, by creating an environment that nurtures the academic and social needs of our students. As part of our effort to create leaders of tomorrow, AAMI partners with our local high school to present workshops, meetings, and male dialogues with male students to promote higher education, our institution, and the process it takes to achieve a higher education. AAMI has sponsored Male Summits and Female Summits on our campus to enable our members to become a knowledgeable and educated contributing male in our society. AAMI also mentors the local Early College Program to advance the perception of African American males in our region.

AAMI provides mentoring to our members and attend conferences geared to the retention and academic achievement of African American males. AAMI members will continually be nurtured and supported in positive ways so that they will become successful leaders and contributors in our society. We will monitor closely the academic counseling and tutoring of our members to ensure adequate progress to graduation. AAMI will work vigorously to expand its scope and range on a continuous basis to ensure positive measurable outcomes.


  • AAMI will create a program environment that will increase the retention rate of freshmen males by 10%
  • Increase community involvement by 10% with our local school system and community organizations
  • Collaborate with other USG universities that have AAMI programs to enhance the design of the GSW AAMI Program
  • Increase mentoring opportunities for young males on our campus and our local school community by 10%
  • Provide measureable outcomes for AAMI members that assess their academic, leadership and social successes compared to non AAMI members
  • Increase AAMI member participation in campus life that is measured by participation in organizations and events by 10%

Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility

Ervin AndersonMy name is Ervin D. Anderson, Executive Director of the Georgia Southwestern State University African American Male Institute. I am also a Senior Lecturer of Mathematics in the School of Computing and Mathematics. The goals of the AAMI Program are to recruit, educate, retain, and graduate African American males at Georgia Southwestern State University. The program is designed to improve students academically, socially, and spiritually.

As you seek a post secondary degree, please keep in mind the dedication and discipline you need to employ to be successful. I would like to tell you that each and every student has the ability to succeed. All you have to do is commit yourself to your education. Make sure your goals contain going to classes, preparing for classes, and studying. Also, balance your academic responsibilities with your social responsibilities. Remember you must hold yourself responsible for all of your actions and your future. I know you can achieve your academic goals. AAMI exist to help you reach your academic, social, and leadership goals. When you find yourself falling short of the standards and rules of our institution, take advantage of the AAMI Program and all the wonderful programs offered to all GSW students to make sure you stay on track to graduate.

As a faculty member and alumni of Georgia Southwestern State University, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Hurricane family. Get involved in your institution and put forth your best effort academically and socially. I look forward to your commitment to our institution and your future graduation.  

Ervin D. Anderson
Senior Lecturer
Executive Director, AAMI

Executive Board and Staff

Executive Director

Mr. Ervin D. Anderson

Executive Assistant

Ms. Camihya Ray


Mr. Martin Foster

Vice President

Mr. Collins Jones

Vice President of Community Service

Mr. Richard Cooks

Vice President of Activities

Mr. Anthony Hand

Vice President of Advertising

Mr. Julian Jones

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