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

AAHi Club Meetings

Fall Semester Meeting Times

When Date Time
Fall 2022  Every second and fourth Monday of each month.  4-5pm

Email for ways to get involved with AAHi! 


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AAHi Leadership

Kenneth JohnsonKenneth D. Johnson - AAHi Advisor

Kenneth D. Johnson, Starfish coordinator for Academic and Student Affairs 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.

Meltia HickmanMarieanna Martelly - African Diaspora Undergraduate Liasion

I am a first generation student who was provided with the oppurtunity to get involved by participating in the planning of the 2022 African Diaspora graduation. My role as an African Diaspora Undergraduate Liaison is to connect with my peers and share our experiences in hope to inspire and uplift our incoming students.

AAHi Updates

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:


AAHi Student Life


Students attending the African Diaspora Graduation

Koffi Herrick (student) playing drums

Audience clapping after Auston Johnson (student) spoken word poetry.

Meltia Hickman (student) attending graduation ceremony 

African Diaspora table decor

2021-22 African Diaspora Graduates

AAHi student club members attending the African Diaspora Graduation 

African Diaspora balloon arrangement 

Kennneth Johnson, AAHi Advisor at the African Diaspora Graduation celebration 

The Reveal Pt. 2 Participants 

Crowd Applauding

Adrienne Andrews and Dr. Gina Paige

Dr. Gina Paige

Crowd applauding

WSU Brad Mortenson and Adrienne Andrews with African Diaspora graduate

WSU President Brad Mortensen placing African Diaspora stole on graduate 

Dr. Gina Paige on stage with The Reveal Pt. 2 participants 

Dr. Gina Paige on stage with The Reveal Pt. 2 participants 

Dr. Gina Paige hugging student on stage 

Dr. Gina Paige with Dr. Crawford