Ujima

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.

As a student in Ujima, you will:

  • 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.
  • Take Introduction to African American Studies (AFST 1714) with other students in Ujima. Note this is not mandatory, but is strongly recommended. This course fulfills Pathways Core Requirement 3 and 7.

Ujima has five core pillars guiding your experience:

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

Introduction to African American Studies (AFST 1714) is an 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 Program Director, Dr. Jennifer Brown, at jmbrown1@vt.edu.