African American Education & Research Organization

About AAERO

AAERO serves the African American community by providing spaces and resources for teaching and learning. Along with supporting diverse educational needs, we acknowledge that racial identity is a core component of Black educational experiences. We are learning and teaching about racism in-and-out of schools until race is irrelevant.

We preserve oral and written histories of African Americans through the Grand People Project. Ultimately, we strive to foster knowledge exchange, and solidarity-building within and beyond the African American community.

2019 AAERO Annual Conference Photos

SNAPSHOT OF AAERO

AAERO CORE VALUES

  • Education that fosters liberation and lifelong learning
  • Listening to the voices of elders
  • Mutually respectful cross-generational communication
  • Tangible and intangible resource sharing
  • Awareness of policies impacting racial equity
  • Restorative relationships across the African Diaspora

AAERO GOALS

  • Build relationships that bridge divisions among African Americans, specifically those based on social class, economic status, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ability and/or age.
  • Create information systems and facilitate access of African Americans to equitable opportunities to learn, develop skills, and create new ways of being and doing.
  • Enable reciprocal growth, learning and support of African Americans in pursuit of opportunities to realize optimal quality of life in equitable, just communities.
  • Replace systems that unfairly allocate benefits and costs among African Americans with equitable means of access to opportunities.

 

AAERO PROVIDES

  • Semester-long internships and community service opportunities to college students
  • Mentoring for high school students through post-secondary options
  • Mentoring for college students throughout college and through post-college options
  • Preserving the stories of African American elders through the Grand People Project