GHC's B2B Going Places, Winning Awards
Brother2Brother, which claims members on all GHC campuses, is the organization that mentors and supports minority male students. Directed by Dr. Jon Hershey, dean of the Humanities Division, the program has won accolades from the University System of Georgia and the Board of Regents.
B2B is part of a national organization, originally founded to encourage young African-American males to continue their education and achieve their personal goals. Its presence on the Georgia Highlands campuses is part of the USG’s African-American Male Initiative, created to increase the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of minority males. GHC’s participation in AAMI began in 2008 on the Floyd campus with seven students.
Since then, membership in the program has grown to 130 students from all campuses. Retention and graduation rates for this cohort have grown, too – in fact, this group usually has higher graduation and retention rates than the general student population at GHC. s
Here are some of the most recent activities and achievements by GHC’s B2B members.
- In March B2B members began a series of visits to four-year institutions that they might be interested in transferring to once they complete their associate degrees. First stop was Kennesaw State University, where they were treated to much personal attention and a private tour of the institution. Arlethia Perry-Johnson, vice president for External Affairs at KSU and director of AAMI, may have had the red carpet rolled out for the GHC men because our college program and Hershey as director of it have won several awards honoring accomplishments. Pictured in the photo below are KSU’s Bob Wise (left), assistant director of AAMI, GHC student Isaac Watters, Perry-Johnson, and Britney Henderson. In the back is Davis Willis.
In early April B2B members who have declared nursing or medical-related majors visited Morehouse College’s School of Medicine, where they toured the campus. In the photo below, Richard Barnett of Morehouse speaks with the group about skillsets they need to transfer into one of the programs at the college.
Most recently 12 B2B members attended the national conference of the Student African-American Brotherhood. GHC’s B2B chapter is one 260 official chapters of SAAB. Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe founded the group with the mission of mentoring and helping young black men succeed in college and in life. At the conference, held in Indianapolis, five chapters were singled out for honors. GHC, one of the five named, received the Stellar Chapter award. Last year, Georgia Highlands’ B2B chapter won Chapter of the Year.