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Marshall-Riley Living-Learning Community

In the Marshall-Riley Living-Learning Community (MRLLC), first-year and sophomore students — with a shared interest in the historical, intellectual, and political traditions of the Black Diaspora — live together in Toler Residence Hall.

Build Healthy and Just Communities

Throughout the year, you'll engage with the Bay Area Black community through community-engaged learning classes. You'll participate in programs that examine the construction of race and racial identity, as well as the history, politics, art, experiences, and intellectual traditions of Black artists, intellectuals, activists, and communities. Along the way, you will explore the diverse meaning of “blackness,” the struggles of often-marginalized groups to build healthy and just communities, and how to work effectively with local African American community groups in the Western Addition to document these struggles and preserve their history.

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Take Courses in African American Studies

You'll take an African American Studies course each fall and spring semester, such as Black Activists & Visionaries and Community Engagement: Fillmore.

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Fulfill Your CORE Requirements

  • Cultural Diversity (CD)
  • Community-Engaged Learning (Core CEL)

Core Curriculum

Live Together in Toler Hall

Students in the Marshall-Riley Living-Learning Community live in Toler Hall, located in the center of campus and just steps away from the bookstore, classroom buildings, and dining locations.

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Anneteke Adoga

Anneteke Adoga ’26

Take an Immersion Trip

We started in New Orleans and explored the rich history of Black Americans in that city. Seeing the same trees and walking on the same ground that generations of Black Americans walked on before gave me a new sense of identity."

Anneteke Adoga ’26

Director & Faculty

Aja Holmes

Aja Holmes, PhD

Director, Marshall-Riley Learning-Living Community

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Community Living