Julius Chatman Living Learning Community

Find your voice. Build your community. Lead with greatness.

Grow, learn, and have fun in this space where friends and allies live right next door. Named in honor of the first black student at Alma College, the Julius Chatman Living Learning Community (JCLLC) provides a space for first-year Campbell Scholars to live together, build connections, and develop their leadership skills, all while earning a $750 stipend to the Alma Bookstore! The JCLLC is located in the west wing of the first floor of Gelston Hall.


First-year Campbell Scholars will participate in the Julius Chatman Living Learning Community and must meet the following requirements: 

  • Participate in pre-orientation activities for students of color
  • Enroll in the King-Ch├ívez-Parks Mentor Program (KCP) as a mentee (sophomores may enroll in KCP as a mentee during their second year).
  • Attend academic, social, and cultural programs throughout the year
  • Participate in a group community service project 
  • Enroll in a general education course with the other JCLLC members
  • Maintain a 2.7 GPA

About Julius Chatman

Young Julius Chatman headshot. Julius Chatman attended Alma College from 1924 to 1927. He was the first black student to attend Alma and was recruited by college officials to play on the college’s football team. During his time on the football team, Chatman won two MIAA championships in 1926 and 1927. He was noted to have been one of the fastest defensive men in the state and was named an all-MIAA Fullback for his defensive and offensive work. Although he experienced success in athletics, Chatman faced hardships in the classroom, ultimately causing him to leave the college before completing his degree. Chatman lived most of his life in St. Louis, Michigan and became a small business owner. He married Grace Farmer and had four children, Thomas, Theodore, Julia, and Frances. Chatman passed away in 1983, and his children now reside in Michigan, California, and Texas.  

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