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Circuit: Early Move-In 2017

Circuit: Get Plugged In early move-in program

The Circuit early move-in program is designed for incoming Black/African American/African students to experience the fast-paced campus life that awaits at Illinois. This student demographic will be referred to as Black or African American.

When: Wednesday, August 23 & Thursday, August 24, 2017

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The University Housing Early Arrival cost will be paid for by Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. There is no cost to you to participate in this program. Learn more about Early Arrival on the University Housing website:

Please plan to arrive between 9 am and 2 pm on Wednesday, August 23th and move into your residence hall. Circuit Orientation events will begin at 3 pm at the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 51 E. Gregory, Champaign, IL, 61820.

Why Circuit: Get Plugged In? 

This two-day program will provide opportunities to Black college students in a predominantly white institution (PWI) to embrace the concept of Perseverance—by empowering their sense of belonging and identity—to learn about academic rigor from current faculty; and to understand the importance of balancing all sorts of responsibilities. This is an opportunity for incoming Black students to “Plug In” to the resources available to them and to “Turn On” their personal responsibility for their college success.

The program consists of three different modules:

1.      Community

2.      Developing student-faculty relationships

3.      Balancing responsibilities

The program intents to open up spaces to learn and understand college experiences based on issues pertinent to African Americans rather than framing one’s experience on current dominant narratives.

This program, like all programs of the Academy of African American Arts and 100 Strong are based on the 5 Pillars of Black Student Success:

1) History 2) Academics 3) Leadership 4) Activism 5) Unity

For more information, stop by our website or email Assistant Director, Ashley M. Davis, at or email