Heaven, A. (2015). a conceptual framework for transforming african american males through student affairs programs. Race, Gender & Class, 22(1/2), 54.
It is widely known and publicized that African American males have significant struggles within the realm of higher education. With lower attendance, retention, and graduation rates that most other demographics, African American Males are significantly behind the curve of education. Within the student affairs, there are certain programs and initiatives that should be implemented to help alleviate some of the adjustment issues that African American males encounter in higher education. This paper will explore the conceptual nature of these initiatives and illustrate how they function utilizing the African American Male Research Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin as an example; it will evaluate how the programs can transform the students’ perspectives while increasing retention rates and graduation rates. Institutions must establish counseling mandates, cultivate student leadership/involvement, create mentoring programs, and improve career-counseling services. All of the above programs are components of student affairs that can be implemented in order to help transform African American males and promote their success in and outside of higher education.
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