Students pose for a photo outside Witte Residence Hall

Essence Theme Community

How to Join

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

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Community Goals

  • Create a community where students can be their authentic selves
  • Engage students in the exploration of the Black diaspora
  • Create opportunities for connection through shared experiences
  • Create an environment that prioritizes a sense of belonging
  • Connect students to campus resources and leadership opportunities

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Events & Activities

Examples of typical or past Essence programs:

  • Opening Ice Cream Social
  • Breakfast & Bingo
  • Peer Mentor Meet & Greet
  • Guest Speakers
  • Trips to the Movies

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Elijah Holmes

Position title: Student Founder

Courtney Lowman

Position title: Residence Life Coordinator