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Student African American Brotherhood

What is SAAB?

Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) is a dynamic organization established specifically to assist our participants to excel academically, socially, culturally, professionally and in the community. SAAB is primarily comprised of male students who strive for academic excellence, and make a commitment to plan and implement programs that benefit their community at large. We encourage our participants to embrace leadership by being positive examples for each other through a strong commitment to academic achievement, brotherhood and community service. We provide weekly study sessions, weekly developmental seminars for students of all ages, business meetings, social and religious activities, and work with various non-profit service agencies (e.g., Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boys Clubs, etc.)

SAAB’S Motto

I am my brother’s keeper and together we shall rise!

Goals

The goals of SAAB are for all Black males on educational campuses to take full advantage of their academic years and to better understand and practice their full responsibilities, rights, and privileges as citizens of this country. Additionally, SAAB works in the community with younger Black males in need of guidance and direction. One of our objectives is that all SAAB members will be role models for each other as well as for other Black males in the community. It is our hope that SAAB members will be well prepared to enter the work force as professionals and be among the best competing for a meaningful place in their communities and in our society. To achieve these goals and objectives, SAAB will provide educational and cultural activities for its members and others.

Culture

SAAB is a values-driven organization that cultivates a culture of young men for a community that has been marginalized at best. Our values are the cornerstone for organizational decisions, program development, and strategic collaborations and partnerships. SAAB encourages our participants to embrace our core principles of accountability, proactive leadership, self-discipline and intellectual development in order to exemplify the values that uphold our mission and vision.

Values

  • Creating a “Spirit of Care”
  • Mentoring and Self-Discovery
  • Excellence without Excuse
  • Continuum of service and intervention from middle school to college graduation
  • Prevention and Early Intervention
  • Impact on students
  • Structured, high impact programming focusing on student development, career, education, cultural diversity and community service.

SAAB’s Initiatives at NCCU

SAAB Keeps it 100  

What is the new program that everyone is talking about taking over Monday nights at NCCU? Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) and 100 Black Men, NCCU Collegiate Chapter have joined forces to bring the campus weekly programming aimed at bringing all males on campus together and creating more unity.

Any male on campus is invited to join SAAB and 100 Black Men to keep it real and discuss topics that vary from sports, school, relationships, politics and much more. Last year, the foundation was laid, and this year these two organizations are aiming to build on that success. No topic is too taboo and every opinion is welcome. Both groups will work to create an open and safe atmosphere to engage in real dialogue on various topics within campus life and society that directly affects them as young black college males.  The goal of these weekly forums is to bring guys together from across the campus to learn, meet new people and bond as NCCU students regardless of affiliation. Greeks, athletes, band members, Student Government Association, Student Activities Board, first-year students, third-year students and everyone in between is invited to converse, debate or just Keep it 100.  

SAAB Sweats Series

SAAB will be proponents of Mr. NCCU’s health & wellness initiative, by establishing three days out of the week a health & wellness coordinator will work out with SAAB members, general students, staff, faculty, etc. For more information on the Sweats Series contact Harold Elmore at helmore@eagles.nccu.edu.

SAAB Gives Back: Community Service

SAAB recognizes the importance to give back to the community. Members benefit by learning humility, an appreciation of college student’s status and offsetting negative views off young black males. Lastly, SAAB is all about supporting the people within our own and surrounding communities through volunteerism and compassion.

SAAB Arts, Beats and Eats

SAAB Arts, Beats and Eats will be a showcase for all the artists on NCCU’s campus to come together one special night every month and perform their talent amongst their peers. We are open to all forms of art; whether it’s rap, R&B, spoken word, dance, comedy, etc. We would love for you to come perform and network amongst other artists and spectators, which will hopefully lead to future collaborations and strengthen friendships. Lastly we will have food, so if anything come out for great entertainment and free food! 

For more information please contact:

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Chinasa Nworu

Assistant Director

Telephone icon (919) 530-6068
 
 
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Chio C. Sheppard

Assistant Director of Centennial Scholars Program

Telephone icon (919) 530-6065
 
 
 
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