The Hooks African American Male Initiative

HAAMI students and Hooks Institute staff at the 2019 HAAMI Mentoring Dinner


The Hooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI) focuses on improving the retention and graduation rates of African American males attending the University of Memphis by enriching each students' academic and personal development, and career readiness.

HAAMI new member applications are closed for the Spring 2020 semester. Please contact Mr. Rodques Jones at rkjones3@memphis.edu about how you can get involved!

Supporting & Guiding Students to College Graduation

  • Enriching student academic, personal, and social development
  • Career Readiness
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Monthly resource and information sessions
  • Peer fellowship and support
  • Special events & more!

Monthly Group Sessions

In monthly group sessions, HAAMI participants learn career, personal, and life skills from university faculty and staff as well as business leaders. Session presentations include topics such as university support resources, mental health, student loan debt, internship, professional etiquette, and job readiness. Mentoring and individual coaching, special events, and peer fellowship and support are additional components of HAAMI.

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HAAMI Sponsors

HAAMI is funded by the generosity of friends of the Hooks Institute, the Institute’s advisory board and grant funders including Baptist Memorial Health Care, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust, FedEx Corporation, Ingersoll Rand Foundation, Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis, SunTrust Bank,  and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Memphis Alumnae Chapter.

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