Ujamaa Residential College was founded as a result of the 1969 Willard Straight Hall Takeover, a student-led protest which addressed the University's mistreatment of Black students on Cornell's campus. Their demands were met and the Africana Studies and Research Center, the Africana Library and Ujamaa Residential College were all born. The term "Ujamaa" is Kiswahili, roughly meaning collective economics. The name affirms our commitment as a community to pool resources and be participants in each other's fulfillment.
Ujamaa is a cultural center where students can learn about the African Diaspora while living with students from various backgrounds. It is characterized by the unique combination of beliefs, values, and social attitudes espoused from its diverse array of community members.
Ujamaa is more than just a hub for Black people. It is a communal place, known for its friendly, open atmosphere. People from all backgrounds make Ujamaa their home.