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Essence Affinity Community

How to Join

  1. Sign your University Residence Halls contract and submit your advance payment in My UW Housing
  2. Select the Essence Community as your top choice when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  3. Prioritize affinity/learning communities over residence halls when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  4. Receive your room assignment

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Programming

Community Goals

  • A place where students can be their authentic selves
  • Connect students through shared experiences
  • Foster a sense of belonging
  • Uplifting and centering the voices of Black identifying students
  • Build a sense of community with Black and African American students
  • Connect residents to campus resources and leadership opportunities

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Staff

Elijah Holmes

Position title: Student Founder

Courtney Lowman

Position title: Residence Life Coordinator

Cleda Wang

Position title: Assistant Director of Residence Life