The mission of the UNITY Theme Program is to become the pre-eminent living-learning community in the United States for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) identified students and their allies. The Academic Courses, Residence Life Programs, and Resource Center specialize in strong community and leadership development, activism, and education on issues pertaining to sexual and gender diversity at UC Berkeley.
The UNITY Theme Program and Residential Education partner with students to develop engaged, inclusive, and socially responsible communities of scholars.
The UNITY Theme Program is guided by the Residential Curriculum at the University of California, Berkeley.
Our five target areas for learning include:
UNITY students apply intellectual curiosity to everyday life by drawing connections between classroom learning and out-of-classroom experiences. Our students have individual access to some of the world’s premiere faculty in residence, share an Academic First-Year Seminar, and meet a variety of campus and community partners to support them during the rigor of academics at a tier 1, world-class research institution.
UNITY students explore healthy interpersonal relationships within their community and beyond by working collaboratively to balance their personal needs and those of others in the community. They work together collaboratively to make improvements and resolve problems that arise in their communities. Our students are highly engaged on campus and in the local community, and former students and non-residential students are engaged in our spaces, increasing our connection to the community at large.
Diversity & Global Consciousness
UNITY students affirm and value the worth of everyone within the community by communicating effectively across social identities and other forms of interpersonal difference. Through a variety of educational strategies, students participate in self-awareness activities, community dialogues, and are exposed to national and global issues facing sexual and gender minorities. We understand that in order to liberate sexual and gender minorities from the grasp of homo- and transphobia we have to be change-makers standing in solidarity against all forms of oppression.
UNITY students care for the wellbeing of themselves and others by practicing skills necessary to lead a quality and healthy life. We partner with students and other campus and community agencies to explore best practices in emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, financial, and spiritual wellness.
UNITY students make meaning and shape personal values and beliefs through conversations and activities that affirm the dignity and worth of every human being. We strive to challenge our own assumptions through self-reflection, compare and contrast them with newly gained experiences and information, and identify internal and external sources of authority for meaning making. The UNITY Theme Program considers identity exploration a very important process for each of our students and an integral part of our program.