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Huntley House for African American Men

Huntley House for African American Men is a Living-Learning Community that opened in August 2012. Huntley House is open to all male students from any college within the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and is designed to build community by exploring the shared experience of African American males in and out of the classroom.

The goal of Huntley House is to provide a sense of community and connectedness for African American males and opportunities for personal and academic growth in a supportive atmosphere to ensure their success in college and beyond. Students will have the opportunity to explore issues of ethnicity, identity, and leadership, while receiving vital academic support and actively participating in and contributing to campus student life. As a group, students will attend various cultural events and activities in the Twin Cities, often with the staff and faculty of the Department of African American & African Studies (AA&AS), Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE), College of Liberal Arts (CLA), Office of Admissions staff, and others. Students will have many opportunities to connect with student leaders at the Black Student Union and other student organizations.

Fall 2012 semester activities will include: a weekly class taught by a tenured professor, a retreat, a once per week all-House check-in meeting that includes a meal, once per week individual meetings with peer mentors, and once a month dinners with the Huntley House Advisory Board. Students will meet regularly with professional advisors who will support student retention by providing guidance as the students navigate curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities. During the fall 2012 semester students in the House will also collectively create the spring 2013 programming plan (with facilitation by peer mentors and the Advisory Board).

Huntley House is named in honor of Dr. Horace Huntley, a member of the first AA&AS graduating class in 1970, who went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and become a Professor of History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Huntley was one of the leaders in the Morrill Hall Takeover in the spring of 1969, when a small group of African American students occupied the University of Minnesota's administration building. This action led to the fall 1969 founding of the University's Afro-American and African Studies department (as it was then known), one of the first in the nation. The action also saw the creation of increased scholarship and on-campus student support opportunities for African American students.

For more information about Huntley House contact Shakeer Abdullah:
Phone: 612-624-5124