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African American Student Services

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African American Student Services (A.A.S.S) provides academic support services, advocacy and campus navigation.  We provide connection to African American community services and resources for incoming freshman, transfer and continuing students. A.A.S.S also provides a supportive and welcoming environment for African American students as they transition to the P.S.U academic environment or continue their education at P.S.U. AASS assists students who are seeking a cultural connection at Portland State University through community building activities and connecting participants to P.S.U student groups and faculty, as these are essential components to achieving academic success.

Services include:

  • Academic advising
  • Building an on campus community
  • Assistance with connecting to on campus support services
  • Assistance with identifying scholarships, specifically those designed for African Americans
  • Assistance with exploring internship and career opportunities
  • On and off campus leadership development
  • Connections to on campus African American student organizations, including the NAACP, Black Cultural Advisory Board (B.C.A.B), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Association of African Students (A.A.S) and Muslim Student Association.
  • Referral to African American community resources, such as the Avel Gordely Center for Healing, the African American Health Coalition, Urban League and the Black United Fund.

A.A.S.S is located in Diversity and Multicultural Student Services in Smith Memorial Union Building, room 425. Marlon Marion, Retention Coordinator for A.A.S.S (503)-725-4457