Black Male Excellence Redefined

The UT African American Male Research Initiative (AAMRI) is a faculty-led academic initiative rooted in evidence-based practices to promote academic excellence among African American males. AAMRI includes a research focus, too, that informs public policy experts, practitioners, and concerned citizens on how best to create and maintain a culture of Black male excellence in K-16 settings. This research guides our hands-on practical approach to help AAMRI achieve its major goals: to increase the four-year graduation rate for African American males at the University of Texas and to increase the number of Black males attending four-year colleges and universities across the state of Texas.

Housed in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, AAMRI partners with local and national organizations such as the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center for the African American Male at the Ohio State University, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, 100 Black Men, the African American Youth Harvest Foundation, the University of Texas Chapter of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), and the men of the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program at Huston-Tillotson University. Through these partnerships, AAMRI provides professional development and special events for undergraduates and opportunities for the undergrads to mentor younger African American males. We hope you will join us in helping to advance educational opportunities that lead to academic success and a culture of excellence for African American males.

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
W.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership
Professor of Law

Leadership Team

Dr Leonard Moore LEONARD N. MOORE, PH.D., Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Diversity Initiatives and Student Engagement, Professor of History, Director AAMRI

Leonard N. Moore is currently the senior associate vice-president for academic diversity initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin and a full professor in the Department of History. The Cleveland, Ohio, native earned his undergraduate degree from Jackson State University in 1993 and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1998. He teaches History of the Black Power Movement and Race in the Age of Obama, and he directs study abroad programs in Beijing and Cape Town.

Dr Leonard Moore JAMES C. BROWN, PH.D., Instructional Support Coordinator, STEM

After a distinguished career in the tech industry working in research and development at Motorola, Honeywell and 3M, Dr. Brown currently leads the STEM initiative in the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence. Brown earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton and his doctorate in physics from Cornell University. Dr. Brown has been hugely successful helping first-generation students succeed academically and credits his success to a “hands-on” approach to teaching and learning.

Dr Louis Harrison DR. LOUIS HARRISON, Professor, College of Education

Louis Harrison, Jr. is currently a full professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin. A native of New Orleans, Dr. Harrison is the nation’s leading expert on racial identity and the African American athlete. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans and his Ph.D. from LSU in 1997. He has published widely and is in demand as a speaker, lecturer, and researcher. In addition to his responsibilities at UT, he also serves as pastor of Greater Bethany Baptist Church in Elgin, Texas. He is married with four children.

Dr Darren Kelly DR. DARREN KELLY, Assistant Director, AAMRI

Darren Kelly, a native of Orange County, California, earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Virginia. After graduating from UVA he spent several years working in corporate finance for GE, which included a special assignment in Shanghai, China. In 2012 he earned his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in sports management. Dr. Kelly also directs the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. He is married with one son.

Dr Darren Kelly PATRICK K. PATTERSON, Assistant Vice President for School Partnerships

Patrick K. Patterson oversees all of the DDCE’s pre-college academic readiness programs including five UT Outreach Centers, Advise Texas, the Neighborhood Longhorns Program, ChemBridge and Students Partnering for Undergraduate Rhetoric Success (SPURS). He earned his master’s degree in education from Chicago State University and was the highly acclaimed principal at Austin’s LBJ High School for six years and was named the state’s Administrator of the Year in 2010.

Dr Darren Kelly DARON ROBERTS, J.D., AAMRI Scholar-In Residence; Lecturer, Humanities Honors Program

Roberts has spent the past seven years as an NFL and college coach serving stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers and Cleveland Browns. He is an AAMRI Scholar-In Residence, holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and government from the University of Texas, master’s from the Kennedy School of Government and law degree from Harvard Law School. He is the founder and CEO of 4th and 1, Inc.—a nonprofit that provides free SAT prep, football training and life skills workshops. Roberts is currently a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin.

Graduate Assistants


graduate assistants

Programs and Services

  • Academic coaching and advising
  • Free and unlimited tutoring
  • Weekly empowerment meetings
  • Monthly professional development workshops
  • Undergraduate research lab on Black males
  • Leadership Institute
  • Internship program
  • Student-athlete programming
  • Study abroad (Beijing and Cape Town)
  • College for a Day program
  • Campus visitation hosting