Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community

Wessels Hall, Bishop Quads, 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.

College Avenue Campus and Leupp and Wessels Hall:

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


  • Students applying should have an interest in leadership, cultural enrichment, and the African Diaspora.
  • Incoming first-years and transfers affiliated with SAS, SEBS, and RBS schools
  • Current Students – All school affiliations

Participation Requirements

  • First-year and transfer students will be registered for an exclusive 1 credit Byrne Seminar: Paul Robeson as a Global Citizen AND Introduction to Africana Studies (3 credits) through the Department of Africana Studies


  • Live in the newly 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
    • 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 and German Language and Culture.
  • Explore Rutgers within a smaller community of students and make friends!
  • 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 (first-years and transfers) 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
  • Sample Syllabus from the Byrne Seminar.  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. 
  • Sample Syllabus from the Intro to Africana Studies course.  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. 

Early Move-In and Special Orientation
Students enrolled in the program will get the added advantage/benefit of being able to move in early and participate in a special orientation program.  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.

    Application Process

    First-years and incoming transfers:

    1.  Register Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community as your first choice on the online housing application on the Enrollment Pathway
    2. Complete a living-learning community application (APPLICATION FOR INCOMING FIRST YEARS AND TRANSFERS IS CURRENTLY CLOSED)
    3. Living-Learning Communities staff will contact you via email to schedule a follow-up phone conversation

    Current Students:

    Complete an application here by January 2, 2018, 11:59pm

    Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community (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.

    Pillars and Affiliated responsibilities of CA's:

    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 contact:

    Ariel Leget
    Assistant Director, Living-Learning Communities and Academic Initiatives
    E-mail: rulc@echo.rutgers.edu
    Phone:  848-932-4371


    What Students Are Saying

    I made new friends easily with students who shared similar interests and it helped me feel at home in my new home.