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A2MEND Conference 2016

In response to the lack of educational success of African American Male students in California Community Colleges, the African American Male Educational Network and Development Inc. (A²MEND) in 2008 organized the First Annual African American Male Summit, which brought together faculty, staff, students and administrators from across the country to address the administrative and instructional strategies that have an impact on the success of African American male students. Since the initial summit in 2008 hundreds of people have had the opportunity to dialogue about the issues pertaining to the academic success of African American men in higher education.

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The African American Male Educational Network and Development (A²MEND) organization is comprised of African American male administrators who utilize their scholarly and professional expertise to foster institutional change within the community college system. We aim to create an affirming academic and professional environment for African Americans with a particular focus on African American male students, faculty, staff, and administrators.


A²MEND got its start at the annual professional development conference for new administrators, appropriately titled Administration 101, hosted by the Association of California Community College Administrators. In the summer of 2006, six young (5 of the 6 were under the age of 35), emerging African American male administrators attended the Administration 101 conference at the University of California Los Angeles.


The A²MEND scholarship will provide mentees with financial support for tuition, books, and living fees. The scholarship is awarded to students with special qualifications, such as academic achievement, artistic abilities, demonstrated leadership and/or athletic talents, or to students who are in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, or who demonstrate a financial need who are mentees.


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