To assess and meet the needs of students of color by implementing programs, events, and dialogue in a community-centered space.
Fostering community for students of color.
Forty-years ago, a small group of Black Students (BSA) staged a protest in front of the University president's office with three demands. First, they wanted to increase the percentage of minority students that were accepted into Georgetown. Secondly, they wanted the university to invest in creating a support system that monitored and tracked minorities that did enroll at the university. Finally, they urged the university to provide a space where Black students could congregate to socialize or talk about pertinent issues of the day. That space became the "Black House."
Today, the Black House remains one of the few dedicated places on campus where all students of color can gather to talk about issues, and meet one another.
Black House residents are encouraged to design programs to promote, foster and acknowledge diversity and community on campus. Examples of programs include weekly Hour Glass discussions on topics relevant to the community, a voter registration program, a panel on the impact on the Latino Vote, a workshop on developing a self-brand, and a dance workshop partnering with Groove Theory to name a few.
Over the course of the year, the Black House residents host several programs for all students to participate in. Minority student organizations are encouraged to utilize the house for club meetings and for social events. To reserve the house, please use the Black House Request Form.
Black House Residents 2017-2018
Whitney Wantong is a senior in the College double majoring in Justice and Peace Studies and Mathematics. Her response to why she studies two very different subjects is that they actually do have a lot in common. At the intersection of STEM and social justice, there are a surprising amount of opportunities to innovate in ways that address some of society’s most persistent issues. Her goal is to use math to help level the playing field to support learners from underprivileged backgrounds. As a result, she is very passionate about welfare and behavioral economics, social entrepreneurship and using technology to bridge achievement gaps. Whitney is also passionate about art, so one of her objectives for this upcoming year is to position the Black House as an environment that fosters the fine arts and creative expression. She also hopes to encourage people to prioritize self-care and healing, as well as empower people to leverage the resources available to them on campus. In her free time, Whitney likes to do creative writing, watch movies, write screenplays, crochet, and have random philosophical conversations. If you ever need someone to talk to, about anything and everything, Whitney is your girl!
Born and raised in Harlem, Luiggy is a first generation American and college students with parents from the Dominican Republic. He is a senior in the College, majoring in American Studies and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. Luiggy is very passionate about social justice, student advocacy, and dance. This led him to get involved with the Latinx Leadership Forum, join Ritmo y Sabor, and be the Co-President for GU Riqueza Dominicana. When Luiggy is not running around Georgetown's campus you can usually find him binge watching Grey's Anatomy or any other great show on Netflix, listening to music, trying to find new places to visit or trying new foods with his friends. Luiggy is very excited to be a part of the Black House, to continue to uphold its legacy and highlight the intersectionality in being Black and Latinx.
Kamar is a Junior in The College from Memphis, TN majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Philosophy. Kamar found his first home on campus through the Leadership&Beyond Pre-O, where he later served as a mentor. Additionally, by living in the entrepreneurship LLC, Kamar got heavily involved in StartupHoyas his freshman year where he developed business ideas with other Georgetown students. Next to entrepreneurship, Kamar has a passion for education which prompted him to tutor with the CSJ, serve as a Calculus TA for the Math Department, and eventually join GUSA through the Federal & DC Relations Committee in order to advocate for local education issues in DC. During his Sophomore year, Kamar became a member of the Nu Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and was elected to serve as the President of Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA). He feels extremely blessed for the opportunity to live in the Black House for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Chris Morris is from New Orleans, Louisiana, but grew up in Alabama following Hurricane Katrina. His southern identities manifest in the way he shows up in spaces and engages with folks around campus. He tries to move at a pace that allows for the gentleness and grace that comes with prioritizing moments rather than destinations. He's always open and eager to engage in conversation, and loves seeing folks around campus and having impromptu existential reflection sessions. While he came in as a pre-med student, he's since shifted his academic focus in a direction he finds more in alignment with his personal passions and interests. He is now double-majoring in psychology and African-American studies. He hopes to explore the intersection of psychology and race as it informs social and cultural dynamics in the United States and globally. He hopes that this academic path will enable him with the tools and access to address internalized oppression and promote healing and empowerment in Black, queer, and other marginalized communities. As Dialogues Coordinator in the Black House, he hopes to center communal love, interpersonal connection, and individual authenticity while also challenging himself and others to push through uncomfortable conversations in a committed quest for growth and expansive empathy. He hopes to be a driving force behind making Black House a safe space for residents and the broader community.
I'm a senior in the College majoring in Justice and Peace Studies with a concentration in Health and Society and a minor in Anthropology. While I identify as Nigerian-American, I was born and raised in Prince George's County, Maryland. Academically, I am interested in the global and public health of women and girls. This summer, I conducted research on adolescents living with HIV in Swaziland with the National Institutes of Health. In the fall, I'll be conducting research on gender and adolescent health in Sub-Saharan Africa. On campus, I sing in the gospel choir, serve as a mentor for GirlTalk, a peer mentor for Georgetown Scholarship Program, and was on the executive board of Georgetown University Minority Association of Pre-Health Students. On any given day, you can find me writing, traveling, cooking or hanging out with friends and family. As a Resident Director, I am excited to work with fellow residents to facilitate personal growth, contribute to community building and create a welcoming environment for all.