This article appeared in an April 2016 issue of the student newsletter.
By Joseph Stirling North Lake Register Staff Writer
North Lake College is interested in developing methods that will help ethnic minority males boost their academic standing. The college has reached out to a few organizations to help increase college success in minorities.
One of the new innovative ways at work is the Academically Inspiring Minority Males initiative (AIMM), and its campus group called Brother to Brother (B2B).
“It’s a doorway to a lot of connections,” said Anthony G. Johnson, an AIMM student and president of the NLC B2B chapter.
“If I ever need anything from anyone, I can always reach out to B2B.”
B2B prides itself on the B2B100 program, a commitment by its members to complete all their classes in a semester. Students who are part of this program have access to resources that can help achieve that goal.
B2B is associated with the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), a national organization.
“Campuses have the option of choosing SAAB or using B2B,” said Dr. Malcolm Frierson, an NLC history professor and Visiting Scholar. “Since it is not limited to African-American men, we open the classes to Hispanic as well as African -American, although membership is open to all young men on campus.”
Frierson is also known for his work helping minority students thrive and instructing B2B, as well as having a friendly style and a great sense of humor.
“These young men work together to inspire one another to complete each semester and are building a general camaraderie that is supportive and makes them feel attached to the campus,” said Frierson.
This attachment to campus seems to make a vital difference in the life of a student, he said. When students are attached to their fellow students, professors and school clubs, students feel a sense of belonging and responsibility that helps them succeed.
James Duran, AIMM instructor and government professor, said, “In the summer of 2015, we looked at data comparing minorities who were part of the program and ones who weren’t and, comparatively speaking, the ones who were part of the program were better.
“Word of mouth is very important,” he added, expressing the importance of spreading the word about programs like AIMM.
Minority males are encouraged to contact AIMM Instructors Duran and Frierson, as well as advisors in regard to joining AIMM. Their email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.