Media and Social Action

What is the Media and Social Action community?

Media and Social Action is an Academic Residential Community for undergraduate students who are interested in engaging with faculty and staff from the UO School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) to develop skills in storytelling and media production. Through multimedia storytelling, you will learn how to harness your voice and elevate others to raise awareness, shape attitudes, and move people toward meaningful action.

SOJC | Media & Social Action Academic Residential Community

Why should I choose to live in this community?

Through exclusive learning opportunities coordinated by the SOJC, you will:

  • Better understand yourself, and how to relate to a community
  • Practice conveying your message through a variety of media productions
  • Collaborate with groups of peers to create compelling stories using digital, social, and mobile technologies
  • Engage with your community to create plans for social good

Our ultimate goal is to help you to emerge as a leader in the communities to which you belong. 

What courses will we take?

Students in the Media and Social Action residential community will take an ARC seminar all three terms of their first year and have the option to enroll in an additional course each term that explores themes of media, social and civic issues, and other topics related to their interests. 

Students will take a weekly seminar course throughout their first year where they will discuss issues related to media and social action. This course is limited to members of the residential community. 


Residence Hall: Kalapuya Ilihi (tentative, fall 2024). Students living in this community will select roommates who are also in the community.

Please note that communities can be moved to different residence hall buildings if the size or need of the community changes.

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Who is eligible and how do I apply?

All first-year students are eligible. 

  1. Register for University Housing and select the community you prefer in the "Community Preference" section.
  2. Answer the community questions on your housing registration.

Completed community applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 1. Wait lists for communities will close May 15.

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