Welcome to the COS A²MEND Charter

2018 A²MEND Annual Conference

What is A²MEND?

The A²MEND organization is comprised of faculty, staff and community members who utilize their scholarly and professional expertise to foster institutional change within the College of the Sequoias. We aim to create an affirming academic and professional environment for males with a particular focus on African American and Hispanic male students.​

What is the purpose of the COS A²MEND Charter?

Under the auspice and affiliation of the African-American Male Educational Network Development (A²MEND), the Student Charter of A²MEND is a student support structure that seeks to establish an affirming environment where African American male students and other men of color are able to thrive. The aim of the A²MEND student organization is to improve academic success and to develop culturally competent servant student leaders. The Student Charter of A²MEND is further designed to develop competent life skills, reaffirm the value of the African/African American cultural traditions, create awareness around issues of social justice, build grit, promote professionalism, and foster a culture of positive peer pressure. The Student Charter of A²MEND will provide educational, cultural, social, and intellectual programs that promote positivity and brotherhood among its members.​ COS is 1 of 9 California Community Colleges out of 113 that are fortunate enough to have an official charter.

What are the benefits of being an A²MEND Charter Member?

  • Priority Attendance for the A²MEND Annual Male Summit and the A²MEND Student Charter Leadership Conference​
  • Attend the HBCU (Historical Black Colleges & Universities) Caravan
  • Obtain mentoring from a COS Administrator, Faculty, or Staff Member
  • Additional Scholarships to continuing and transfering students
  • Fieldtrips to 4-year universities and other educational excursions
  • Closing the achievement gap that exists between men of color and other deographics in the community college system.

What is required of students to become COS A²MEND Charter members?

Students must fill out a COS A²MEND Charter Application. On this application, students will write a brief personal statement and explain to the COS A²MEND Advisors why they would be a good candidate for this charter. After the application is evaluated and accepted, the student will be assigned an A²MEND Mentor. Applications are located in the Student Success Program Office in Sycamore Room 109 on the Visalia Campus. 

Who are the A²MEND Mentors?

A²MEND Mentors can be any professional or volunteer that is passionate about the advancement of men of color regardless of race or gender. Currently, mentors consists of COS faculty, administrators, professors, staff, coaches, and community members.

A²MEND Advisors

Kenny Jackson, Physical Education Instructor and COS Track & Field Coach
Brett Kennedy, EOPS Program Specialist
Juan Vazquez, Director-Student Success Program
William Wright, Student Success Coordinator


A²MEND 2017-18 Video​​

A²MEND 2017-18 Photos

College of the Sequoias
A²MEND Charter
915 South Mooney Boulevard Sycamore Building - Room 109
Visalia, CA 93277
TEL: (559) 737-6278 
Email: kennyj@cos.edu​

Last Updated: 9/20/2018 8:33 AM