The word Ujamaa in the East African language of Kiswahili means the process of working together as an extended family to build and maintain a cohesive community. This theme characterizes the atmosphere at Ujamaa Residential College, a friendly, warm, and cooperative living environment that supports its members and helps students excel at Cornell.
Since its founding in 1972, Ujamaa has supported its mission through a variety of activities and events such as lectures by internationally renowned speakers, dinners hosted by affiliated faculty members, celebrating Black History Month, and hosting the State of Black America Conference, the annual Festival of Black Gospel, and the weekly student-organized forum Unity Hour - at which lively and educational discussions are never in short supply.
Strong associations with Ujamaa often extend after graduation, resulting in mentor-type relationships that become an extension of the entire living and learning experience. Ujamaa's vast and loyal alumni network becomes a valuable resource for information and advice on academic decisions, career choices, and personal goals.
Ujamma Residential College rooms do not have air conditioning.
Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies James Turner, Professor of Africana Studies N'Dri Assie-Lumumba, Professor of English and Africana Studies Carole Boyce Davies, and Director of Africana Studies Library Eric Acree serve as Ujamaa's Faculty Fellows.
In addition to the room rate, Ujamaa residents pay a program fee of $50/year to support the many activities and events that define the community.
How to apply for residency:
Application instructions and links can be found at Application Process: New Undergraduate Students and Application Process: Current Undergraduate Students.
Out-of-House Membership information:
Program Houses offer out-of-house memberships for Cornell community members who want to participate as non-residents. Complete an out-of-house member application here.
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For more information about Ujamaa, call (607) 255-4922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the House and meet Ujamaa residents, attend Unity Hour on Sunday evenings at 8:30pm in Ujamaa's main lounge.