African American Student Affairs is closed until further notice. Staff are working remotely and available to assist students, please reach out directly for any assistance. Please see our calendar for updates about events and programs moved online. For student resources and support during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the SSRI Resources page or the UArizona COVID-19 page.
African American Student Affairs (AASA) along with the Office of Multicultural Engagement (OME) stands in solidarity with Asian and Asian American communities including UA students, staff, and faculty against any form of racism and discrimination related to COVID-19. If you are affected by related incidents or would like to process, feel free to contact AASA's Interim Director, Joshua Hamilton at email@example.com or OME staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Leaders and Creating Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K.)
The B.L.A.C.K. theme hall in Pima Hall is now filled for 2019/20!!! If you’d like to be on the waiting list, please go to https://housing.arizona.edu/yourUAhome and apply or contact Joshua Hamilton or A'Lantra Wright for more information.
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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, A'Lantra Wright, during your Orientation.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact A'Lantra Wright at email@example.com. We look forward to welcoming you to our program!