Established in 1976, the Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) assists the University in developing a welcoming, supportive environment for African-American students. As a proponent of their interests and needs, the office’s primary responsibility is to promote the active involvement of African-American students in all aspects of the University community. In addition, through its programming and outreach, it enhances the University’s sensitivity to and awareness of African-American issues, culture, and history. The office is equipped to provide academic support and career development counseling in pre-commerce, pre-medicine, humanities, and other professional areas. Faculty-student mentoring is provided. OAAA also sponsors cultural programs and a Peer Adviser Program, which matches each entering African-American student with an upperclass Peer Adviser, who provides personal and sensitive support throughout the year.