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Diversity Student Initiatives

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Brother 2 Brother: Succeeding and Achieving Together 

History

Brother 2 Brother began in the fall of 2004 when Barbara Doyle, currently a developmental reading instructor, proposed the idea to Dr. Glenn Jones who was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at that time. Doyle has been a developmental educator since 1988 at Arkansas State University, and, at the time, she saw that there were African American Males who had full potential that were slipping through the cracks. Some of the first mentors of B2B were Dr. Herman Strickland, Dr. Lonnie Williams, and Tony Thomas. Leadership was taking over by the Office of Diversity in 2006, when Barbara Doyle stepped out of her leadership position to become the director of assessment services. However, Brother 2 Brother is still going strong and doing better than ever!

Progress:

  1. Brother 2 Brother went from 4 members in 2004 to over 30 members in 2015.
  2. Brother 2 Brother currently has over 10 faculty and staff mentors ready and willing to help Brother 2 Brother members.
  3. According to the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, out of the African American male freshman enrolled in 2004 only 4.9% of those students graduated in four years. Thanks to organizations like Brother 2 Brother, that number is now at 23.8%!

Programs:

Every year B2B hosts, promotes, and participates in many programs on campus including but not limited to:

  1. Graduate school and readiness workshops
  2. Financial Literacy seminars
  3. Community service at First Baptist Church
  4. Reading Programs at Hillcrest Elementary School
  5. Community Conversations- a program addressing real world issues
  6. Voter Registration Drives

Get Involved?

Brother 2 Brother has meetings every two weeks. To get involved, contact President Xavier Flowers at xavier.flowers@smail.astate.edu

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Circle of Trust: Ready to Serve 

History

Circle of Trust started in the Spring of 2005 as a program geared towards the recruitment, retention, and promotion of African American females and was modeled after the Brother 2 Brother program which had it's start in the fall of 2004. The program both puts an emphasis on high academic achievement and community service while providing a safe area where all minority women can freely express themselves. Some of the first mentors of CoT were Jamie Scott and Dr. Lillie Fears. Circle of Trust currently celebrates over 10 years of service, and they are still standing strong! 

Progress:

  1. Circle of Trust went from 6 members in 2005 to over 45 members in 2015.
  2. Circle of Trust currently has over 8 faculty and staff mentors ready and willing to help Circle of Trust Members.
  3. According to the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, out of the African American female freshman enrolled in 2005 only 10.8% of those students graduated in four years. Thanks to organizations like Circle of Trust, that number is now at 25.2%!

Programs:

Every year Circle of Trust hosts, promotes, and participates in many programs on campus including but not limited to:

  1. Campus wide midterm and finals study halls
  2. Financial Literacy seminars
  3. Community service events including highway/ campus clean ups.
  4. Voter Registration Drives

Get Involved?

Circle of Trust has meetings every two weeks. To get involved, contact President Maya Reed at maya.reed@smail.astate.edu