CSU Receives African-American Male Initiative Grant For Its Second Year

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University announces it will host the African-American Male Initiative Program for a second year.

Columbus State University is one of 16 state schools that received a $10,000 AAMI pilot grant from the University System of Georgia (USG). The program aims at increasing enrollment and retention of African-American males at the state’s 34 public colleges and universities.

This funding has allowed Columbus State University to initiate the Men About Change (MAC) Program. This is program is designed for African-Americans at CSU and Muscogee County School District. The grant is operated from CSU’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services office. The program is partnered with Muscogee County School District, Collegiate Black Men of Columbus, and the city of Columbus.

Additionally, the African American Male Initiative will hold its 2014 Celebration Banquet from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. tonight in Schuster 130.

The local program enlisted pillars of the community such as Steve Birdine, founder, president, and CEO of Affirmative Action; Charles Holt, actor, singer, and producer; Isaiah Hughley, city manager of Columbus; Honorable Judge Allen, Muscogee County Superior Court judge; and Tom Hackett, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Columbus State. These speakers addressed successful models that have worked to bridge the gap and encourage students to focus on their education.

There will be bimonthly sessions for professional development and 10 team-building opportunities for leadership development for Columbus State male students. New to this year’s program is the addition of a living learning community, partnering with CSU’s Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) tutoring and the university’s orientation team. These methods are used to assist more African American males matriculate at Columbus State University and to increase their overall retention rates.