Ida B. Wells/Atonkwa Village (WAV)

The Wells/Atonkwa Village Living-Learning Community is located in Wright Hall and is intended for new freshmen who are interested in issues of relevance to the African American, Latino American and Native American communities.  Students should intend to major in an area within the College of Arts and Sciences, which includes fields like Psychology, Sociology, Geology, Justice Studies, Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, Pan-African Studies, English, Languages, History, Philosophy, Fine Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Pre-Med, Pre-Pharmacy, Med Tech, Biotech.

This community (limited to 19 students) is intended to broaden the learning experience at KSU beyond the traditional classroom, while providing a smaller village-like setting within the larger university, in which students live and work together.  During Fall semester, students will be enrolled in First Year Experience (1), College Writing I (3), Black Experience I (3), World Geography (3), a Special Topics course in Communication Skills (1) and a Special Topics Rites of Passage (2), which for more than 20 years has strengthened the academic readiness and self-esteem of select incoming freshmen in order to improve their retention and graduation rates, as well as post-graduation success.  The first four listed courses fulfill university requirements, as do the following Spring semester courses: College Writing II (3) and Black Experience II (3).

Modeled after the traditional African village, this community talks about issues of relevance to the African American, Latino American, and Native American communities.  It will focus on key values that help students gain a life-long sense of purpose and an understanding of their social responsibilities.  Students will participate in a Rites of Passage Experience.

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Why Should You Join the Wells/Atonkwa Village LLC?
  • Special programming centered on student needs, which may include speakers from a variety of major interests, faculty/student open discussion and field trips
  • Mentoring and student leadership opportunities
  • On-site study groups and study tables
  • One-on-one attention from faculty and academic advisors
  • Partnerships with students who have similar academic interests and career aspirations
  • Global education opportunities
  • Community service opportunities
  • An incredibly supportive environment!
How do you join?
You must FIRST be admitted to Kent State University, then declare interest in a major/program in the College of Arts and Sciences, and request to live in Wright Hall as your first choice in residence hall accommodation on your housing application. If you have additional questions about joining this community, contact the Wells/Atonkwa Village Living-Learning Community coordinator.  The earlier you apply for your residence hall, the more likely it is that you will receive a Living Learning Community assignment.
Coordinator contact information:
Professor Mwatabu Okantah, Department of Pan-African Studies 330-672-0161 or
Ed Butch,