Steps For Establishing A SAAB Chapter
- Contact an official SAAB representative to express interest in starting a chapter on your campus and seek official authorization from the SAAB National Headquarters to begin the start-up process. A contract will be executed between the SAAB National Headquarters and the institution.
- Constitute a student steering committee of at least 15 males of color at each institution, along with at least two or more faculty or staff member(s) who will serve as advisor to the group once formally establishes a chapter. Steering committees are required to follow a three (3) month planning module in an effort to allow adequate time to develop the leadership team and strategic plan for the chapter. SAAB National Headquarters is extremely supportive providing guidance during this process.
- Arrange the two required SAAB campus visits for a member of the national headquarters staff to conduct the orientation and strategic planning sessions. (Fees required-see step #6)
- Submit the proper paperwork to establish a recognized student organization on your campus. This process varies from campus to campus; therefore, it is important to adhere to instructions/procedures outlined by your institution.
- (OPTIONAL) Arrange a recognition ceremony once your chapter has been recognized by your campus. It is suggested that at least one member of the SAAB national office along key campus constituents (i.e., President or Chancellor, other administrators, faculty, staff, appropriate community leaders and other student leaders) be invited to the ceremony in order to formally introduce the organization to the campus community.
- COST: Please click here for a complete cost schedule for collegiate, middle and high school chapter fees.
- Strongly Recommended: Consider bringing in a national headquarters representative for follow-up training year 2 and year 3 of the chapter’s existence in an effort to ensure chapter effectiveness and focus. For more information, please consult with a national headquarters representative.
- Read about our Leadership Structure to understand how each SAAB Chapter is created and maintained.
Statement of Affiliation
SAAB is a culturally sensitive and a research proven initiative designed to address the needs of males of color in particular; given the alarming national data involving these students academically and educationally. SAAB is very sensitive to Title VI and Title IX issues and are very diverse as it relates to various races.
We have not experienced any legal challenges given we allow flexibility in the name by permitting schools/institutions the option of calling their initiative "Brother To Brother" or SAAB so that they can be intentional about inviting a diverse group of young men to the SAAB experience. To date, we have a number of SAAB and Brother To Brother initiatives that are composed of African American, Latino/Hispanic, White, Native American and Asian male students in our many chapters around the country.
SAAB does not discriminate or limit membership based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or any other traditional primary diversity dimensions that would typically exclude others. All SAAB meetings are open to the public regardless of their existence on a public or private campus.
(revision - 2011)