Students pose for a photo outside Witte Residence Hall

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 Affinity 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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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 and allies
  • Build a sense of community with Black and African American students and allies
  • Connect residents to campus resources and leadership opportunities

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Elijah Holmes

Position title: Student Founder

Elizabeth Losada

Position title: Residence Life Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

Courtney Lowman

Position title: Residence Life Coordinator

Cleda Wang

Position title: Residence Life Associate Director