Charlotte’s Home

A community for Black women on campus


Charlotte's Home for Black Women LLC - Icon of three Black women in profile, facing right.

Charlotte’s Home strives to support the academic, social, and personal endeavors of Black women through community building, leadership, identity exploration, and personal growth to ensure their success during their time here at the University of Minnesota and thereafter.

The goal is to provide a supportive community where the academic experiences of students are nurtured and enriched, as well as help in making friends and finding their niche on campus. Participants will have the opportunity to live, study, and participate in curricular activities together. This LLC provides opportunities for students to explore their own identity as well as opportunities for students who want to reach beyond their own cultural background and learn about the experiences of others.

This house is named after Charlotte Crump Poole. Charlotte was a student activist at the University of Minnesota in the 1930s who fought against housing discrimination on campus. She was "reprimanded by the dean of women for calling attention to racism." She later went on to found the Negro Student Council and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation which serves African American children and families. MCAE is proud to offer this LLC in her name and honor her legacy.

This community is open to first-year residents.


    • Individualized academic coaching and holistic support from MCAE staff
    • Academic grade checks at semester midpoint and end of semester (fall and spring)
    • Wellbeing programming including MCAE group fitness classes and stress management
    • Ongoing social and community-based events
    • Regular study nights with MCAE peer tutors
    • MCAE LLC alumni engagement
    • Intentional connections with various on-campus resources



    Dr. Fernando Rodriguez
    Director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

    Email: [email protected]

    Daniel Morales Morales
    Sr. Coordinator for In-Class Experience and Signature Events for Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

    Email: [email protected]

    Additional Information

    Programming is sponsored and organized in connection with the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) and the Community Advisors (CAs) on the floor who are excited about enhancing your living experience.

    Community Size

    MCAE Living Learning Community has a limit of 100 students.


    Students are given the option to room with members of their individual community or with a member of another community. For example, you are welcome to participate in the Huntley House for Black and African American men and request to live with someone from CASA SOL.

    Second-Year Internships

    Students who participate in one of the MCAE Living Learning Communities will be eligible to apply for one of MCAE’s second-year internship opportunities. The application process to become an intern begins in the spring semester. Your level of participation in the MCAE LLCs may serve as part of the criteria for being selected as an intern.

    MCAE Living Learning Community Requirements

    Students who select one of the MCAE LLC communities on their housing application will receive a follow-up email with application details.

    Interested students should consider the following requirements:

    • Must be a first-year student
    • Must share an identity as a first-generation student, American Indian, and/or a student of color
    • Must submit a completed MCAE LLC application. Students who select one of the MCAE LLC communities on their housing application will receive a follw-up email with application details.
    • Must commit to participate in academic coaching and holistic support from MCAE staff
    • Must commit to attending regular community meetings and events
    • Must be fully present at MCAE LLC events, remain open to new ideas and experiences, and make an effort to get to know other members of the MCAE LLC community