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A student during Commencement.

Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center

» 66% of center program attendees surveyed reported they engaged in intellectual conversation when participating with the Center — up from 52% the previous year

» 67% of attendees SURVEYED reported they are more knowledgeable of African American culture after participating with the Center — up from 42% from the previous year

» Program attendance increased 53% from spring of 2015 to spring 2016 from 908 to 1,707

» 54 African American students participated in the Center graduation recognition ceremonies and 216 family members

» Center received financial contributions to purchase Kente stoles presented to the graduating student program participants

» $2,716 raised with Homecoming Scholarship Red Tie Mixer collaborative with APSU African-American Alumni Chapter; proceeds from silent auction with items donated by individuals, APSU departments and businesses equally benefited African American Alumni Scholarship and Marvin Posey Scholarship

» 705 students surveyed responded that the WNDAACC technology equipment loan program helped them to be extremely successful with their course work

» 70% of students surveyed responded that using WNDAACC technology equipment extremely alleviated financial burden for them

“The Achievers and Scholars program has propelled me to have high expectations for myself while in undergrad and post graduation."

Elijah Annor
Scholar participant

The Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center Achievers and Scholars African American Male Initiative completed year three in 2015-16 and added Cohort 3, comprised of 22 students. Students were engaged in targeted programs and community service while being mentored by a faculty or staff member. Participants also attended the Annual Black Issues Conference held in Knoxville, while Cohorts 1 and 2 attended the Annual Black Male Summit in Akron, Ohio.


Students successfully completing all program requirements received a book voucher to be used the following semester. Students participating in the Achievers and Scholars program were retained at a higher percentage from fall to spring semesters as well as fall to fall compared to males not mentored. Achievers and Scholars received a $20,000 Student Engagement, Retention and Success grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents to support the initiative.