African American Mentorship Program (AAMP)

Welcome to UCSC!

AAMP is the African American Mentorship Program created in 2012 by the African American Resource & Cultural Center (AARCC) as an effort to support African/Black/Caribbean (ABC) students within their 1st year. The program pairs first-year (Frosh & Transfer) mentees with mentors that have similar interests, courses of study, etc. in order to support the transition to the university. We champion professional development for mentors and enabling mentees with a greater sense of community and belonging in preparation for their journey here at UCSC. Having a mentor can be extremely helpful in navigating the campus and the UC system as a whole. We succeed by lifting up others!

    Meet our Program Coordinator!

  • Shannel Joseph's Bio

    Shannel Joseph (she/her/hers)

    Hi Everyone!
    My name is Shannel Joseph (she/her/hers) and I am serving you all as the ABC Retention Specialist and the AAMP Coordinator. My role in this program is to make sure you all have a smooth and easy transition to the university during your first year at UCSC.
    Fun Facts About Me:
    • My zodiac: Aquarius
    • Favorite Color: Burgundy
    • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA - South Central & Inglewood
    • Ethic Makeup: Belizean & Guatemalan
    • Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Hiking, Working out, Kayaking, Roller Skating, Fashion
    • Educational Interests: Psychology, Therapy, Nursing, Health & Wellness
    I attended UCSC in 2013 and graduated in 2017 with my degree in Psychology. I know firsthand what a challenging first year experience can be like. Now looking back on my experience, I WISH I participated in this mentorship program, because I was completely lost. I thought I could handle the first year experience and I was so wrong. Having someone to vent to and guide me would have made my first year so much better. I hope that you all decide to join our program so we can contribute to your success!

Contact us!

AAMP Email: 

AAMP Program Coodinator: Shannel Joseph,