Black Men's Initiative Immersion Community

The Black Men’s Initiative immersion experience is designed to facilitate the academic and social support of first-year men who identify within the African Diaspora. This is accomplished by increasing access to campus resources, involvement opportunities, and networks of faculty, staff, alumni, and other students. The Black Men’s Initiative also aims to increase a sense of belonging among first-year Black men by providing an intentional programming model focused on acclimating students to the campus community. The programming model includes an immersion experience in one of Emory’s residence halls as well as a dedicated section of the ECS 101 course, a required course for all first-year students. As a result of participating in the Black Men’s Initiative, students will enhance their understanding of their racial and gender identities and learn how to effectively engage their college experience.   To apply, please complete your 2022-2023 Housing Agreement on your MyHousing portal and indicate that you are interested in theme housing.  Once your Housing Agreement has been completed, the Theme Housing application will become available to you in your MyHousing portal.

Black Women's Initiative Immersion Community

The goal of the Black Women’s Initiative immersion experience is to provide a space for first-year Black women living on-campus at Emory to network with Black women students, faculty, and staff.  Through participation in this experience, Black women will be able to articulate a version of self-authorship, which is one’s own ability to cultivate their own internal voice.  To do this, this experience will focus on Black women’s health, retention, and development through academic and social support. The programming model also includes a dedicated section of the ECS 101 course, a required course for all first-year students.   As a result of participating in BWI, Black women will be able to design a radical self-care plan and determine how to engage in their holistic wellness.  This will enable participants to create positive identities for themselves and the Emory community.  

To apply, please complete your 2022-2023 Housing Agreement on your MyHousing portal and indicate that you are interested in theme housing.  Once your Housing Agreement has been completed, the Theme Housing application will become available to you in your MyHousing portal.

Empowering First Living Learning Community – First & Second Year Application

The Empowering First Community aims to provide an intentional residential and learning experience for first-generation college students, that builds on current resources and opportunities and works in tandem with offices, faculty, and staff who are committed to the success of Emory’s diverse first-gen undergraduate student population. Students selected to be a part of this community, will help to strengthen first-gen students’ self-affirmation, sense of belonging, social capital, and community. Selected students will serve as student ambassadors, student advocates, peer mentors and programmers for the Emory first-gen community. Participants will be supported by leadership development activities, community building events, and regular direct engagement with a Faculty-in-Residence, who is herself a first-gen graduate. To apply, visit here. 

Empowering First Living Learning Community – Third & Fourth Year Application

The Empowering First Community aims to provide an intentional residential and learning experience for first-generation college students, that builds on current resources and opportunities and works in tandem with offices, faculty, and staff who are committed to the success of Emory’s diverse first-gen undergraduate student population. Students selected to be a part of this community, will help to strengthen first-gen students’ self-affirmation, sense of belonging, social capital, and community. Selected students will serve as student ambassadors, student advocates, peer mentors and programmers for the Emory first-gen community. Participants will be supported by leadership development activities, community building events, and regular direct engagement with a Faculty Director, who is herself a first-gen graduate. To apply, visit here. 

Any questions or concerns about the FYE Theme Immersion Communities please contact Cathy Marques, Assistant Director of Residential Education at cathy.marques@emory.edu or Linda Bachman, Associate Director of Residential Education at linda.page.bachman@emory.edu