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African American Theme Program (AATP)


The African American Theme Program (AATP): Exploring Issues Related to the African Diaspora

AATP logoThe African American Theme Program provides a community for students to explore Black experiences at Cal. A live-in theme program assistant provides resources and support for residents’ social and academic needs. Our academic seminar, programs, community service projects, and resources encourage solidarity and unity among Black students of all backgrounds, cultivating a broader understanding of social issues within a global context. Residents and interested community members are encouraged to openly discuss specific issues related to African diaspora in the University community, the country, and the world. Students will gain leadership skills, learn to better understand one another, form friendships that can last a lifetime, and have fun.

Program Requirements

AATP residents are expected to spend 2–4 hours a week engaged in and actively participate in theme program activities, including:

  • A yearlong (fall and spring) seminar, African American Studies 98/198. The seminar is a 2-unit, graded class that meets once a week for two hours. If you’re admitted to AATP, you will be given more information about how to enroll in the class.
  • An individual community-service project.
  • AATP fall and spring retreats.
  • Weekly AATP meetings, as organized by the theme program assistant.
  • Theme program signature events and events sponsored by the African American Student Development Office.

Signature Events & Programming

Events include a wide variety of interaction with faculty and staff, as well as community activities. AATP runs a number of programs such as the Open House Weekend, high school outreach, newsletter, Kwanzaa, and the Attitude is Gratitude program for leading individual community-service projects, such as reading to children, writing letters to imprisoned mothers and foster children, working at a soup kitchen, food drives, and more.

Living Space

AATP residents live together in mini-suites in Christian Hall, Unit 1, which is situated in South Berkeley, one block from campus and a few blocks away from the bustle of Telegraph Avenue. For more information about Unit 1, including amenities and features, academic services, and more, please visit


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