African American Heritage Initiative

African American Heritage Initiative (AAHi)

AAHi Misson


Provide an opportunity for African American/Black students to explore their African American identity toward an authentic understanding while engaging the student in a journey of self-discovery. We accomplish this through unique DNA testing that allows students to find their country and tribe of origin. AAHi will allow students to explore their cultural roots establishing connections and a sense of belonging. We also partner with the African students who know their country and tribe to learn from them and foster relationships. Finally, we focus on the stolen history of African Americans and uncover those truths that are not in the American history books

2021 AAHI Meetings

AAHi will not be meeting during summer semester, but feel free to contact advisor Kenneth Johnson to get involved.

Fall 2021 - Meetings
  • Wednesdays from 4-5PM | In person at SC Room 141 | Virtual via Zoom | Email for Zoom access



Social Media:
  • Our Facebook Page: Facebook


AAHi Leadership

Kenneth JohnsonKenneth D. Johnson - AAHi Advisor

Kenneth D. Johnson, Multicultural Retention Counselor with African American Focus (Center of Multicultural Excellence) at Weber State provides an opportunity for all Multicultural students to explore their cultural roots establishing connections and a sense of belonging while being challenged to achieve academically. 

Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything he does professionally and personally.  He also loves sports, movies, and activities with his beautiful wife and family. Previously, he was the Director of Moore Career College, as the director he provided oversight and direction for the entire college.

He received his bachelor's degree from Ashford University and his Masters in Higher Education Administration at Weber State University.

Meltia HickmanMeltia Hickman - AAHi President 

I am a First-generation and Non-traditional student who has overcome multiple obstacles. My primary focus has been to excel in my classwork and because of that, it has allowed me to become the President of AAHi. 

I love to meet new people and get to know them.  I also love dressing up and looking my best. My ultimate goal is to make a profound impact on Weber State University for African Diaspora students.

AAHi Events

The Reveal Pt. 2: My African Identity

Weber State University’s African American Heritage Initiative (AAHi) is hosting its inaugural event, “The Reveal 2: My African Identity,” Nov. 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. The event is free and open to the public. During the event, 19 African Diaspora students and 6 WSU Faculty & Staff participants will learn their ancestral African origins which includes country and tribe from the results of a DNA test that was performed prior to the event. The event will also initiate a one-year student project to help African Diaspora students understand their ancestry and culture.

Press Release:

Location: Shepherd Union Ballrooms

Date: Wednesday, November 10th

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM 

Contact Name: Kenneth Johnson | Email: | Phone: (801)-626-7751


6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Food/Social
6:30 PM - 6:35 PM - Ken Johnson - AAHi Advisor
6:35 PM - 6:45 PM - Dr. Brad Mortensen - President of WSU
6:45 PM - 6:55 PM - Dr. Brett Perozzi - VP of Student Affairs
6:55 PM - 7:15 PM - Dr. Gina Paige - CEO of African Ancestry
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM - The Reveal, Dr. Gina Paige
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Q & A, Dr. Gina Paige


Student Life

AAHi at the First Reveal (2019)

The Reveal (2019)

AAHi at the First Reveal (2019)

The Reveal (2019)

AAHi at the First Reveal (2019)

The Reveal (2019)

AAHi at the First Reveal (2019)

The Reveal (2019)