About the Community

The AALANA Living Learning Community supports the academic pursuits and social success of first-year undergraduate students who self-identify as African American/Black, Latinx/Hispanic American, Native/American Indian, or Native Hawaiian. AALANA promotes academic readiness, personal growth, community interaction, and self and cultural knowledge through a community centered approach.

AALANA offers a space for shared cultural experience and the opportunity to build a stronger sense of community amongst students of color within and across the different communities represented in the AALANA LLC. AALANA supports the transition from high school to college and helps new students navigate the university environment through the help of mentors and programmatic initiatives.

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the AALANA, students may:

  1. Self-identify as Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic American, Native/American Indian, or Native Hawaiian
  2. Have an interest in shared cultural experiences, but are not required to self-identify as Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic American, Native/American Indian, or Native Hawaiian to live within the community
  3. Be a first-year or first time at TAMU transfer undergraduate student
  4. Apply for on-campus housing and complete the program application

Program Components

  • Fall & Spring: 0-Credit Course – TBD

Work closely with an assigned peer mentor who is a current Texas A&M University student. These mentors will organize leadership and community building programs and activities on a regular basis.

Get invited to special events with professors, staff, alumni, and student organizations that support students of color at Texas A&M University.

  • Cultural Explorations trips
    • Visiting various destinations and sites across Texas and learning more about their cultural and historical relevance and importance
  • Conference Opportunities
  • Community Service in the Bryan/College Station area
    • Big Event
    • Work with an area nonprofit
  • Alumni/Faculty/Staff Career Connection Opportunities
  • Annual Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Bi-monthly community meetings to discuss transitions, honest experiences, and growth.



During a specific period of time, students selected for this program will be able to choose a roommate(s) from other students selected for the same Living Learning Community. Students may post profiles within myHousing Portal and view responses by other students to their roommate questionnaire (i.e., sleep schedule, noise, cleanliness, etc.).  Following this specific time period, students will be assigned a room with their requested roommate within the block of rooms designated for the Living Learning Community.

Affiliated Faculty and Staff Contact Information

Name & Title Department Email Phone
Tiana Okonkwo
Visitors and Tours Coordinator
Learning and Outreach Services tiana@tamu.edu 979.458.9786
Blanca Flores, MPH, MS
Community Director
Residence Life blanca_flores@reslife.tamu.edu 979.847.2646