Columbae is a vegetarian, social justice-focused co-op run on the principle of consensus— the idea that house decisions on everything from food to communal principles should be made with the input and consent of everyone living in the house. The house is a very tight-knit community because we live in cozy rooms that switch every quarter and bond over working together to make our house a home— including through cleaning toilets and doing dishes.
In general, living as a part of a co-op community means that all residents contribute to each other’s safety and well-being. To run the house ourselves, residents have both weekly and bi-weekly jobs that involve cooking, cleaning, baking, or gardening. These commitments take between three to six hours a week. Residents choose jobs at the beginning of each quarter, and staff can accommodate any accessibility concerns.
Additionally, as part of their agreement:
- Pre-assignees will pursue a project related to our theme, Social Change through Collective Action. Past projects have been teach-ins, workshops, and field trips. We encourage residents to share about their backgrounds, communities, or activism. We also strive to create an environment where difficult conversations can take place and invite you to be a part of this legacy.
- Pre-assignees will participate in the F*#% the System week in the Spring Quarter. This includes organizational and leadership duties such as committees, publicity, and volunteer shifts for the week of events.