Queer Eye star and FAMU Alumnus Karamo Brown returned to the ‘Hill’ this summer to
In collaboration with HomeGoods, Brown transformed Gibbs Hall’s student lounge into a communal space that is Instagram worthy.
Brown attended FAMU from 1999-2000 and majored in general studies. “It was great to see how the school has changed and the things that have stayed the same, said Brown.” He went on to work in social work for ten years afterwards.
Before Brown’s redesign, the student lounge consisted of an air hockey table, pool tables and a few places to sit or study.
“I couldn’t have been more excited to really transform this space,” says Brown, which he has “great memories of spending time [in] with friends.”
Director of University Housing Jennifer Wilder, Ph.D., was excited to work with Brown.
“Watching their team’s creative process through the furniture selection from HomeGoods, designing the different zones, the organization of inspirational walls and bringing the FAMU spirit exemplified their dedication to creating the exceptional student experience for students who are making memories and leaving legacies where he once created memories, and his legacy continues to live,” Wilder said about the experience.
“Whether you’re in the space to cram for a final or just trying to unwind, my goal was to inspire every student to be their best self,” Brown said. He also added, “It makes for a great Instagram backdrop.”
Brown wanted the space to be both functional and to be a source of inspiration to students and faculty to relax and study.
“I hope the new layout brings the students a better balance of work and fun,” he said. “When you’re