Building Leaders and Creating Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K.)

» Themed Community Application

The Building Leaders and Creating Knowledge Themed Community (TC) welcomes students interested in creating an environment that emphasizes leadership while maintaining a strong connection to Black/African American cultural and ethnic identity, history, and each other.  Through this residential experience, students will be welcomed into a culturally affirmative living space and be engaged to think about identity—past, present, and future—to help develop their understanding of purpose and mission here at the UA and beyond.  Through program-specific activities, group meetings, and workshops, students in B.L.A.C.K. will build an intentional, accountable, and intergenerational community while developing their own leadership potential via outreach initiatives and mentorship.

This program will provide diverse opportunities for students to get involved in their communities in meaningful ways.  Most importantly, this program aims to support students in successfully transitioning to college and achieving academic excellence.  The primary goals of this program are to:

  • Increase student access to campus and community resources, especially for Black/African American students, to maintain in good standing with institutions of higher education
  • Equip students to successfully navigate the university
  • Provide personal, academic, and professional development and support
  • Provide job search support to students seeking part-time employment (if desired), and
  • Provide a safe and welcoming place for students to engage in discourse about the Black community on campus and at large, receive mentorship, and take pride in oneself

The following are non-negotiable requirements for living in the TC:

  • Weekly program meeting: The group will meet 1 evening each week for 90 minutes (time TBD)
  • Participate in early move-in 1 week prior to the start of classes

To apply, please follow this link to the web form application.  You will be taken to another page.  You must have a UA housing application on file.  You will be notified via email by African American Student Affairs (AASA) upon admission to the community.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the Spring semester.  Please plan to meet with Program Coordinator during Freshman Orientation.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Program Coordinator Sarahna Moyd at

AASA Center Hours and Location

Center Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Center Location: University of Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Building 1322 E. 1st. Street Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 621-3419 | Fax: (520) 621-9623 | Google Map

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