Georgia Highlands African-American and Minority Male Excellence or GHAME is an academic success and leadership initiative for African American and Latino men at Georgia Highlands College. Brother 2 Brother or B2B is a student organization that is part of GHAME. The initiative has won state and national recognition, and our members have gone on to successful and meaningful careers around the country.
The Georgia Highlands African-American and Minority Male Excellence initiative seeks to increase the enrollment, retention, progression, and graduation rates of African American and Latino men at Georgia Highlands College.
In 2002, the University System of Georgia began an initiative to address the low numbers of African American males in the university system. African American men were not enrolling in state colleges at the rate they should have been. Those who were enrolling were not staying in college and graduating at adequate rates. The USG started an initiative to address this problem, called the African American Male Initiative (AAMI). For more information about AAMI, go to https://www.usg.edu/aami/.
In 2008, Georgia Highlands College began an initiative as a part of the state’s AAMI. We called our initiative GHAME (Georgia Highlands African American and Minority Male Excellence)—and our focus was on the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of both African American and Latino men.
Evan Snelling serves as our GHAME Coordinator. He plans and manages the day-to-day business of the GHC initiative. He also advises B2B and is available to members whenever they need him. Mr. Snelling is a graduate of GHC and a past leader of B2B. He received his Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership from Dalton State College.