History of AASA

AASA Founding Members

A.A.S.A. was founded in September 2005 by Rodney Nickens, Jasminn Chestnut, and Kamilia Dews on the 2nd floor of the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library on September 30. On this day the Constitution and By-Laws were ratified and the Founders of the A.A.S.A. began their mission to foster and promote the appreciation and awareness of the African American culture and history. Encouraging social tolerance of African Americans and peoples of African decent, exhibiting academic success adn assisting each other in accomplishing that, and developing a forum and providing support for African American students on campus and in the community.

The next phase in the development of A.A.S.A. saw the recruitment of its 5 remaining Executive Officers, Chinyerem “Erika” Amesi, Brian Coaxum, Candice Bluntson, Erick Rozigas, and Lissette Alvarez as well as the addition of two advisors, Jacqueline Greely and Shavon English. The founding Executive Officers of A.A.S.A. also known as the Executive Board, proactively sought to unite the Black community by becoming an active organization on campus by uniting the Black community at UC Merced, planning innovative, thought-provoking events, parties, functons, fundraisers, community service projects, leadership conferences, trips and more. The future for the African American Student Association is a bright one slowly painted by each and every one of its members! Join us in our movement!

Black, Gifted, and Talented!

We are laying the foundations for generations!