Umoja: Black Living Learning Community

Umoja means Unity in Swahili, there is no better word to describe the intention of this living learning community. Umoja: Black Living Learning Community (LLC) seeks to create a space for Black students across the diaspora to come together and form a community. Umoja intends to be an inclusive and welcoming environment for all those who value the Black community, culture, and identities and are interested in learning and engaging around these values.  

Student who live in Umoja will be enrolled in two classes together. In the Fall, students will take Foundations of Rhetoric and in the Spring will take Engaging Social Systems and Values 1 as a cohort, both classes will be taught by Dr. Cedric Burrows. Residence Life staff will work in conjunction with faculty to plan events to support the community and enhance the learning experience. 

Where will students be housed?

Umoja LLC will be housed in Carpenter Tower which provides amenities such as private bathroom, single and double rooms, co-ed by door, floor lounge, and is open year round in the event participants require break housing (there is an additional charge to stay over break periods). 


For the 2021-2022 academic year only first year students will be admitted into Umoja with the intention of expanding to second year students in the Fall of 2022. To be eligible you need to be a first year student at Marquette University, value the black community, culture, and identities, are interested in learning and engaging around these values.

How do I apply?

To be a part of this community, select Carpenter Tower as your building preference and Umoja and your preferred room type when you complete your housing preference online by June 1, 2021. No additional application is required. 

Umjoa Black LLC Sign Up Picture

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Gerth-Antoniewicz, Assistant Director for Residence Life Education, at