Row: 576 Alvarado
Historically autonomous and self-managed, 576 Alvarado is a co-op that prides itself on its deep history and sense of independence. We encourage all house members to take initiative in creating a community that is valuable, comfortable, and unique.
More About 576 Alvarado
Our house centers racial, gender, and sexual minorities — and we endeavor to stand in solidarity with local and global Black and Indigenous communities. Inclusion, belonging, restorative justice, and accountability are our top priorities. As part of our community practice, we do not tolerate acts of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, and xenophobic violence.
Every academic year at 576 Alvarado begins with all residents participating in a 5-day Work Week, a tradition that deeply connects us to our living space, builds community, and encourages self-sufficiency. As a co-op, we are responsible for cooking, cleaning, general housekeeping, and event organization. 576 Alvarado student staff have a jobs system in place to organize and divide the work amongst residents, ensuring that everyone’s labor is respected within the house. Several spaces in our home are communal; being responsible for upkeep allows residents to truly feel connected to the residence.
576 Alvarado embraces mutability, individuality, and personal expression. Each year, residents have the opportunity to continue building our legacy through artistic curation. We encourage our community members to paint murals or work on other art projects that contribute to the house’s unique appearance. The murals in 576 Alvarado provide a rich, living document of our history and enable us to continually add our stories and contributions to the house that we love.