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Ujamaa (Theme)

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Ujamaa focuses on the histories, issues, and cultures of the Black Diaspora. The name comes from the Swahili word for “extended family,” and this house prides itself on fostering a sense of belonging for all residents by creating a safe environment for open, honest, and sometimes challenging dialogue. 

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More About Ujamaa

Ujamaa House was created as a concept in 1970 with a concentration of Black frosh and upperclass students living on East campus, and moved to its current location in 1976. Over the years, this African-American theme dorm has expanded its intellectual focus to include the entire African Diaspora. Ujamaa has created a legacy of excellence with frequent speakers and visits by alumni such as college dean and physician Hilda Hutcherson, actor Sterling K. Brown, writer Brit Bennett, philanthropist and Stanford Board of Trustee Chair Jeff Raikes, and politician Michael Tubbs.

Weekly presentations by upperclassmen allow residents to deepen their knowledge and understanding of themselves, their peers, and the world. The breadth and depth of topics ensures that Ujamaa is a true living and learning community that encourages the collision of intellectual vitality and emotion. And that leads to robust conversations filled with uncertainty, authenticity, learning--and laughter. We hope you will join our family during your Stanford career.

Visit the Ujamaa House Page

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Upperclass Theme Requirements

Ujamaa Scholars Expectations

If your proposal is accepted, you will live in a single with a sink and be part of our vibrant community. By accepting our invitation to live in Ujamaa premium housing, you will:

  • Give a one-hour presentation on your topic, which includes Q&A
  • Attend a minimum of six theme programs each quarter
  • Attend a one hour Zoom Meeting this summer (we will provide multiple dates & times)
  • Attend a Retreat in the Fall
  • Register for UJ House Course for one quarter only pre assignees
  • Optional: attend a Special Dinner/Reception each quarter
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Ujamaa is located in...


alpha Kappa Delta Phi/Chi Omega, Meier/Naranja, Norcliffe, Roble, Ujamaa, West Lag, Xanadu, and apartments in Mirrielees and Duan.

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