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Huntley House for African American Men

Huntley House for African American Men is a Living-Learning Community that opened in August 2012. Huntley House is open to all male students from any college within the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and is designed to build community by exploring the shared experience of African American males in and out of the classroom.

The Huntley House strives to foster a sense of belonging and connectedness for first-year Black undergraduate men and facilitate opportunities for personal and academic growth in a supportive atmosphere to ensure their success in college. Our long-term vision is to see current members and alumni become visibly engaged, high-achieving, campus leaders at the University of Minnesota and beyond. As a group, students will attend various cultural events and activities in the Twin Cities, often with the staff and faculty of the Department of African American & African Studies (AA&AS), Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE), College of Liberal Arts (CLA), Office of Admissions staff, and others. Students will have many opportunities to connect with student leaders at the Black Student Union and other student organizations.

The following is a preview of co-curricular programs and activities planned for Spring 2015: Spring Leadership Retreat at Dave and Buster's, weekly study table series, personal and professional development seminars, guest speakers, peer-led programs, and a weekly all-House check-in meeting. Students will also meet regularly with a professional advisor who will support their retention by providing guidance, encouragement, and resources.

Programs and activities include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Early Arrival Program
    • Weekly Study Tables Series
    • Academic coaching
    • Guest speakers
    • Spring Retreat
    • Campus/Community service activities
    • Social activities and field trips
    • Personal and professional development seminars

Huntley House is named in honor of Dr. Horace Huntley, a member of the first AA&AS graduating class in 1970, who went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and become a Professor of History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Huntley was one of the leaders in the Morrill Hall Takeover in the spring of 1969, when a small group of African American students occupied the University of Minnesota's administration building. This action led to the fall 1969 founding of the University's Afro-American and African Studies department (as it was then known), one of the first in the nation. The action also led to the creation of increased scholarship and on-campus student support opportunities for African American students.

For more information about Huntley House contact:
Mauriell H. Amechi
Program Director, Community Outreach, Retention, and Engagement (CORE)
Phone: 612-626-5462
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