Young, Gifted, and Black

Culture and traditions are often the foundations upon which one builds their Black identity and its intersectionality. In collaboration with the African American Studies program, you will be challenged to understand the various experiences among the African/Black diaspora, encouraged to learn and develop critical thinking skills outside the classroom, relate your passions to your academics, and better Iowa’s Black Community through campus involvement. This community was founded by Iowa Black students with the objective to aid with the transition of incoming Black students at the University of Iowa.

Programming for Young, Gifted, and Black

Young, Gifted, and Black is a new community, created by current students, for 2016-17. The name was derived from the Nina Simone song Revolution, Part 1. Programming and opportunities for this community may include the following:

  • Discovering Black scholarly contributions
  • Connections with student organizations and resources for Black students 
  • Overview of Black politics, literary, and cultural movements
  • Attend events and connect with others at the African American Cultural House
  • Received added support from peers, faculty, and staff at the University of Iowa who identify as Black or African American

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can apply to be a part of the LLC?
This community welcomes and is open to all students who seek to strengthen knowledge and empowerment of Black students. Students in the community who identify as Black will have opportunities to connect with peers, staff and faculty who share a similar racial identity in a supportive community.

What residence hall is the LLC located in?
The LLC will be located in Slater Hall for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Are Honor students allowed to apply to this LLC?
Yes, Honors students can live in Young, Gifted, and Black. 

Is the LLC only accessible to first year students?
No, any new student or current resident student is welcome to preference the LLC.

What course will be assigned to this LLC?
The Young, Gifted, and Black LLC will be connected with a course offered through the African American Studies Program. The exact course will be identified by the end of the spring semester. 

How many semester hours is the course?
We have not identified the course that will be offered at this time, however most LLC courses are between 1-3 semester hours. 

How many residents will be living in the LLC?
The capacity for the LLC is 42 students. 

Is the LLC gender inclusive?
Yes

Is the LLC co-ed?
Yes. The Young, Gifted, and Black LLC is welcoming to students of all gender identities and expressions. 

Does the LLC's floor have pod restrooms or community restrooms? 
The LLC has pod style bathrooms.  Students enter a single use room with a door and have access to a toilet, sink and shower.  

What is the difference between a community restroom and a pod restroom?
A community restroom is accessed by a key and has many toilets, showers, and sinks in one room that students can access. A pod bathroom is a single use space with one toilet, one shower, and one sink, which locks from the inside. 

If I decide not to apply to the LLC, can I still attend the LLC's programs?  
The LLC may plan some events open to the public.  However, to truly benefit from the Young, Gifted, and Black LLC,  one should live on the floor.

If I do not make it into the LLC how can I remain involved in the Black community?
Below are a few ways that students can get involved, although this is not an exhaustive list. All students have full access to the African American Culture Center, which is located directly behind Slater Hall. The African American Cultural Center  holds  events and programs focused on educating and involving students in the Black community. Students can also network there with Black organizations in order to become familiar with what the campus provides. Another way to get involved would be to attend the Student Org Fair. Here students can become familiar with Black Student Union as well as NAACP and the Black Student Advisory Committee, among others.  Additionally, students can visit the Center for Diversity of Enrichment and become involved in activities that are predominately facilitated for underrepresented students.

What are some resources that the LLC provides? 
The Young, Gifted, and Black LLC will provide many resources for students living on the floor, including but not limited to: 
•    Connections with faculty and staff
•    Networking with student organizations
•    Access to the African American Cultural Center
•    Connections to resources to help students achieve academic success at Iowa

Why is the LLC located on the west side of campus? 
Slater Hall offers the co-ed, pod style bathroom set up that was requested for this community. Additionally, the African American Cultural Center is located in very close proximity to Slater Hall on the west side of campus. The Young, Gifted, and Black LLC will be using the cultural center as a resource as well as a programming space. 

Courses

There will be a course offered for students living in the Young, Gifted, and Black community. The exact course has not been identified at this time, but will be offered through the African American Studies Program.

Who Lives Here

This community welcomes and is open to all students who seek to strengthen knowledge and empowerment of Black students. Students in the community who identify as Black will have opportunities to connect with peers, staff and faculty who share a similar racial identity in a supportive community.

For More Information

Please contact Residence Education at 319-335-3700 or res-education@uiowa.edu.