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HAAMI

The Hooks African American Male Initiative

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

Join HAAMI!

The HAAMI new member application period has closed for the Fall 2021 semester. Please contact Rodques Jones at rkjones3@memphis.edu to learn how to become a HAAMI affiliate until the spring semester application period opens in January 2022.


The Hooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI) focuses on enriching the collegiate experience and improving graduation outcomes for African American undergraduate male students at the University of Memphis. The program’s pillars are academic achievement, personal development, and career readiness.

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 has been 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; First Horizon Foundation; FedEx Corporation; Ingersoll Rand Foundation; Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis; Truist Financial Corporation; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Memphis Alumnae Chapter; and UofM Campus Community Fund.

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