Building Leaders and Creating Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K.)
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 some of the direct benefits of living in the TC:
Bi-weekly program meetings/events and participating in early move-in the week before classes begin (the cost is waived). This will give you the opportunity to get acclimated to the campus and engage in some team-building and skill-building activities before the rigor of university classes begins. Once classes begin, you’ll meet bi-weekly at AASA to engage in (and receive academic credit for) our discussions.
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 or your application cannot be processed. You must know your UA email address and have applied for housing. 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 Graduate Assistant, Zeina Peterson, during your Orientation.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Zeina at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to welcoming you to our program!