Black Affinity Housing Informational Video

Wath this video to learn more about American University's Black Affinity Housing. 

Roper Hall

Roper Hall

Roper Hall is a small, tightly knit building housing approximately 50 residents. This community provides an intentional space dedicated to celebrating, exploring, and affirming Black student experiences at AU and beyond. The live-in experience provides an educational foundation that encourages dialogue and community building that is mindful of the diverse social, cultural, and academic needs of Black students. Black Affinity Housing supports a stronger sense of community identity and belonging for participating students. Learn more about Black Affinity Housing below.

Why Live In Black Affinity Housing?

  • Students will live in a dedicated community committed to celebrating, exploring culture and identity!
  • Students will build meaningful and life-changing relationships with fellow community members.  
  • Participants will have the opportunity to engage diverse faculty, staff, and alumni.

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About the Hall

Roper Hall has a traditional residence hall design with fully furnished double and triple occupancy rooms and shared bathrooms. The building has a central lounge space with a kitchen, lounge furniture, and television for students to study or socialize with their community. The building also has a laundry room.

Personalize Your Room

Decorative and additional items can be purchased from the HRL coordinated vendors through our Personalize Your Room webpage.  Each room will include the furniture noted on this webpage.

In-Hall Staff

In-hall staff include resident assistants (RAs) and community director (CD). Roper's RAs live on each floor, acting as peer educators and helping residents transition to university life and connect to their community. The Roper community has one CD, a professional staff member who supervises RAs to foster a living-learning environment to bridge the academic and residential experience.

  • Wi-Fi throughout building
  • Cable-ready TV with HDMI cord in lounge area
  • Laundry room on first floor 
  • Community kitchen
    • Microwave 

    • Stove cooktop 

    • Oven  

    • Sink with garage disposal  

    • Dining room table and chairs

  • Vending machines
  • Social area
  • Double fully furnished rooms with twin sized adjustable beds
  • Windows with rollershade blinds 
  • Wardrobe closets

  • Additional dresser drawers  

  • Desk, hutch, chair, and bookshelf
  • Carpeted floors  
  • In-room Ethernet connections
  • Cable-ready outlet

Who can live in Roper Hall?

Roper Hall is avaiable to all active undergraduate years.


Explore Culture & Identity

Black Affinity Housing is a live-in theme program located in Roper Hall. All American University undergraduate students who reside in the Black Affinity Housing help foster a warm and vibrant community supporting social, personal, and academic success. The community is open to all undergraduate students.

What to Expect

Residents in Black Affinity Housing are strongly encouraged to participate in periodic community programming and dialogues intended to build community, promote learning, and support wellness. Roper Hall staff will organize opportunities for residents to attend cultural events and general university programs as a group. Students will gain leadership skills, learn to better understand one another, form friendships that can last a lifetime, and have fun.


Traditional double room rendering

Room Dimensions
Description Approximate Dimensions


14'10" x 12'4"

Built-in shelves





2'11.5" (W) x 1'11.5" (D) x 4'6" (H)

Wardrobe or built-in closet

1'10.5" (W) x 1'11" (D) x 6' (H)

Dresser or built-in drawers

2'5.5" (W) x 1'11.5" (D) x 1'8" (H)

Bed frame

3'2.5" (W) x 3' (H) x 7'.5" (L)


Standard twin

Virtual Tours

Our virtual tours are representative of a given room type. Each space varies based on room sizes and dimensions.  Each virtual tour includes some decorative items and a MicroFridge to show what the room looks like when occupied, but these items are not included in rooms. 

Click below to view virtual tours of Roper Hall:

Your Community

  • Get involved in your Residence Hall Association or Hall Council.

  • Check out the history plaque in the front lobby!

Community Director