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.  

  Umoja - /uˈmɔ.ʄɑ/ - unity; oneness


Straz TowerStraz Tower

Straz Tower is a residence hall on the East side of campus which houses both first and second year students. It is co-ed by door. The building consists of single, double, and quad room-types with private baths.  The building features 24/7 security, a dining hall, and Rec Plex fitness facility.  Staff in the building include a Residence Hall Director, Hall Minister, 16 Residence Assistants, and a Facilities Manager. Straz Tower is also home to both the Nuestro Hogar and Honors Living Learning Communities.



Umoja comprises two co-ed floors of freshmen and sophomore students. To be eligible you need to be a student at Marquette University, value black community, culture, and identities, and be interested in learning and engaging around these values.


To sign up for Umoja


1st-year (Freshman) students:Umoja Signup

To be part of this community, select Straz Tower as your building preference and Umoja LLC as your preferred room type when you complete your housing preference online in Checkmarq.


2nd-year (Sophomore) students:

To be added to the waitlist for returning students interested in joining the Umoja LLC for the upcoming school year, please submit your interest here. All applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis based upon availability within the community. If a space becomes available that you are eligible for, you will be notified via your Marquette e-mail.


If you have any questions about the Living Learning Communities, please contact the Assistant Director for Residence Education, Tyler Lenz-Fisher.