Leupp and Wessels Halls, Bishop Quad, College Avenue Campus
The Paul Robeson community was established in 1976 and is a symbol of acknowledgment of the late Paul Robeson, a celebrated African-American activist, scholar, artist, athlete, and Rutgers graduate. This community places special emphasis on aiding first-year students as they make the transition from high school to college. It encourages community interaction and involvement, scholarship, as well as self-growth. Community members stress cultural enrichment and awareness among themselves, other members of the residence hall and the Rutgers community. They work collaboratively with staff and faculty mentors towards academic achievement and excellence. The community strives to engender curiosity, interest and understanding of the history and origins of the African Diaspora and the relevance and importance of that understanding in day-to-day life.

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College Avenue Campus and Leupp and Wessels Hall:
Community members will live on College Avenue Campus, adjacent to downtown New Brunswick theaters, restaurants, student-friendly shopping, and the NJ Transit train station for easy access to NYC and Philadelphia. Leupp and Wessels Halls are in the heart of the College Avenue Campus in the scenic Bishop Quad area.

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  • Live in the recently renovated Bishop Quad Residence Halls and receive guaranteed housing
  • Build a network of faculty and staff members who are willing to assist you in your college journey
  • Engage in cultural immersion and enrichment
  • Participate in a dynamic, positive, and fun environment with unique, targeted programming such as:
    • Field trips
    • Movie nights
    • Holiday celebrations
    • Cultural dinners
    • Guest speakers
    • Community services
  • Participate in discussions/activities with Rutgers professors to build strong academic connections and mentoring relationships.
  • Connect to other LLCs in the building such as Latin Images (Latin diaspora), Asian American Identities and Images (Asian American diaspora) and French Language and Culture.
  • Explore Rutgers within a smaller community of students and make friends!
  • Students applying should have an interest in leadership, cultural enrichment, and the African Diaspora.
  • Must place into Basic Composition or higher for English testing
  • Incoming first-years and transfers affiliated with SAS, SEBS, and RBS schools

Mandatory Early Move-In and Special Orientation
Students enrolled in the program will get the added benefit of being able to move in early and participate in a special orientation program in August. This will provide first-years the chance to explore the Rutgers campus, get familiar with the bus system, and find their classes in advance, and upper-class students the chance to return early and settle in accordingly.

  • Participate in academic success workshops and opportunities for academic coaching
  • Receive individualized attention from designated live-in student peer mentors who will guide and advise you to provide a smooth and successful transition into Rutgers through course registrations, getting involved, managing your time, academic development, showing you the “ropes” and common pitfalls to avoid in your first year.
  • Upper-class students will have the opportunity to engage in leadership roles and serve as mentors for first-year students
  • Download a sample syllabus for this community. Please note: Syllabi and Instructors change over time, so this may not be the exact syllabus or course content that you will take as a future participant.

Application Process

First-years and incoming transfers:

Select Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community from the drop-down list on the online housing application, which can be found at oncampus.rutgers.edu.  Priority deadline to select your LLC is May 16.  Learning Communities staff will contact you regarding any follow-up inquiries that we have.  Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis until LLCs are filled.  An essay is no longer required for this community.

Current Students:

Community Ambassador Program

Paul Robeson Cultural Center’s Community Ambassadors are the face of the cultural center, responsible for planning a wide array of events, many of which are impactful cultural activities.

Description: Paul Robeson Cultural Center Community Ambassadors (CA’s) are a group of student representatives from the Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community, selected to represent the student perspective, spread awareness about and provide programmatic opportunities to our community that are an extension of the mission of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. As an Ambassador, students are expected to work collaboratively with the Paul Robeson Cultural Center professional and graduate staff, anchored by the three foundational pillars of the living-learning community – Scholarship, Culture and Service. Paul Robeson Cultural Center Community Ambassador’s help to plan, promote, and work events sponsored by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, hold two office hours per week at the center, and act as liaisons between various Rutgers communities and the Cultural Center.

Scholarship: Common Read (one per semester) and monthly discussion circles about texts. Faculty and graduate students will be invited as guest facilitators. Students will read the text of their choice from a list pre-determined by the PRCC, who will also provide copies of the texts for students.

Culture: Provide assistance in the planning and execution of cultural programming for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (Black Student Social/Open House, MLK Dream Week, Black History Month celebrations) and a culminating I Am Robeson Week (April) signature program.

Service: Design an active/passive service project for the Rutgers University community, to be sponsored through the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. This service project should keep in mind the multiple levels of community, with which, we interact – campus, local, state, national, global.

For more information, please submit an interest form or call 848-932-4371 to speak with a staff member.