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The African American Outreach Initiative (AAOI) promotes student success and retention for African American students by collaborative efforts of faculty and staff in all nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District.

The initiative began in 2008 as a directive from former Chancellor Rocky Young and was carried forth by past chancellors, Tyree Wieder, Yasmin Delahoussaye and Adriana Bererra. The initiative is now maintained by Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez. The AAOI Committee coordinates college activities relating to the success and retention of African American students in the district, facilitates the sharing of best practices to meet district goals, renews and expands articulation agreements with HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), and plans and implements professional development activities to support district and college recruitment goals.