Umoja is living learning community with two cohorts. The FYE cohort is located in Cromwell and the SYE cohort is located in Decker Hall. The purpose of Umoja is to provide a meaningful living experience for BIPOC (Black Indigenous Persons of Color) students at a predominantly white institution.
Application Deadline for 2023-2024: to be determined
PWI: Predominantly White Institution
BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color: Anyone who does not identify solely as white
Black: A person of African or Caribbean descent
Indigenous: A member of the First Peoples (original residents) of a continent
People of Color: Broad descriptor for that includes people from India, East Asia, Mexico, Hawaii, Pacific Islands, Philippines
Residents will explore values, and share knowledge and experiences. This is not a place to silo students of color. Rather a place for residents to engage in conversations centered around race, culture, social justice, and anti-racism. The intentional programming of this community supports residents through mentorship and identity development. The conversations amongst residents of lived experiences are aimed to cultivate community building and support.
“Being a part of the multicultural community was everything I expected and more. The openness, communication, laughter, and enthusiasm everyone had to each other made the year memorable. The community was open to bonding and acceptance, no matter race or gender. It truly was a home away from home. Best decision I ever made in the past year.” -Dare Odukomaiya ’21-’22 Cohort
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