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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.

Huntley House strives to foster a sense of belonging and connectedness for first-year Black undergraduate men and facilitate opportunities for personal and academic growth in a supportive atmosphere to ensure their success in college. Our long-term vision is to see current members and alumni become visibly engaged, high-achieving campus leaders at the University of Minnesota and beyond.

As a group, students attend various cultural events and activities in the Twin Cities, often with the staff and faculty of the Department of African American & African Studies (AAAS), 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.

Programs and activities

Huntley House programs and activities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Early arrival program
  • Weekly Study Tables Series
  • Academic coaching
  • Guest speakers
  • Spring leadership retreat
  • Campus/community service activities
  • Social activities and field trips
  • Personal and professional development seminars

Huntley House is named in honor of Dr. Horace Huntley, a member of the first AAAS graduating class in 1970, who went on to earn a PhD 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 founding of the University's Department of Afro-American and African Studies (as it was then known), one of the first in the nation, in fall 1969. The action also led to the creation of increased scholarship and on-campus student support opportunities for African American students.

For more information about Huntley House:

Jonathan Brown
Program Director, Community Outreach, Retention, and Engagement (CORE)
Phone: 612-626-5462
Email Huntley House