Here at Rutgers – New Brunswick, there are two residential communities available for students who are interested in exploring issues/ideas related to the black diaspora, identity, history and cultural manifestations. They are:
The Africana House is designed for students with an interest in African culture, history, politics, and language. It is one of the eight living-learning communities within the Global Village located in Jameson Hall on the Douglass Campus. It is a unique residential environment that combines curricular and co-curricular activities designed to enhance each student’s overall college experience and provide her with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective global citizenship and leadership. Specialized programming, events, and travel opportunities designed to deepen students’ understanding of Africana Studies are offered each year. Students also benefit from ongoing mentoring relationships with faculty involved in this program and at Rutgers University.
The Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community was established in 1976 and is a symbol of acknowledgment of the late Paul Robeson, a celebrated African-American activist, scholar, artist, athlete, and Rutgers graduate. This community places special emphasis on aiding first-year students as they make the transition from high school to college. It encourages community interaction and involvement, scholarship, as well as self-growth. Community members stress cultural enrichment and awareness among themselves, other members of the residence hall and the Rutgers community. They work collaboratively with staff and faculty mentors towards academic achievement and excellence. The community strives to engender curiosity, interest and understanding of the history and origins of the African Diaspora and the relevance and importance of that understanding in day to day life.