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Ujima is an essential concept in African philosophy and is also the third principle of Kwanzaa. It means collective work and responsibility. This new living-learning community places a special emphasis on understanding the unique experiences of African-Americans in society, including their experiences in college. Located in Peddrew-Yates Hall, Ujima is open to students of all backgrounds who are interested in understanding, supporting, and learning about #BlackExcellence.

Ujima has five core pillars guiding your experience:

  • Academic Support and Mentoring.
  • Cultural Identity Development.
  • Leadership Development.
  • Service.
  • Healthy Social Engagement.

As a student in Ujima, you will:

  • Take Introduction to Africana Studies (AFST 1714) with other students in Ujima. This course is required for all new Ujima students, and fulfills Pathways Core Requirement 3 and 7. It can be taken in either the Fall or Spring semester.
  • Live in a community with other people who are interested in understanding, supporting, and learning about the African-American experience.
  • Be supported by faculty and staff who are invested in your success at Virginia Tech.
  • Engage with African-American history, tradition, and community through weekly seminars and workshops.
  • Benefit from personalized academic support and access campus resources designed to help you succeed.

Introduction to Africana Studies (AFST 1714) is an required introductory course on the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Students will consider key dimensions of African American experiences, including institutional contexts for African American cultural expression and responses to oppression. Course content will expose students to the history of this field of study, exploration of subfields, and consideration of research methods utilized. Emphasis will be placed on the interplay of African American Studies scholarship and activism.

For additional information, contact Interim Program Director, Dr. Ellington Graves, at