Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) are centered around students living together who share identities, interests, or goals. LLCs encourage student learning through shared experiences and opportunities for personal discovery and reflection. Research shows that students, who live in LLC environments are more likely to stay in college, earn a higher GPA, and experience a greater degree of satisfaction with their overall college experience. Research also demonstrates that faculty and staff involved in the LLCs derive an equally rich and rewarding experience as the students.
Our goal is to foster a strong sense of student belonging, self-efficacy, and well-being through our LLCs. LLCs reflect purposeful programming achieved through the collaborative efforts of campus partnerships. Finally, LLCs also meet the Residence Life mission of providing resources to assist in the development of residents’ emotional intelligence, resilience, and well-being; encouragement to actively participate in social responsibility and personal accountability; pathways for leadership and mentorship; support for navigating processes and procedures of our department; and opportunities for cultivating university community connections and sense of belonging.
LLCs create a rich educational living experience that compliments classroom learning. LLCs provide unique learning experiences that facilitate social connections and positive identification with their community.
Honors Living-Learning Community
All first-year Honors students live together in the Honors Living-Learning Community located in Morse Hall, starting Fall 2024. In this community, we support the formation of deeper connections with peers, staff, and faculty in the Honors Program. Through dinners, topical discussions, professional meet-and-greets, and other social programs, students will form long-lasting friendships, make connections with the university community, and learn about curricular and co-curricular resources.
Trans & Non-Binary Living-Learning Community
The Trans & Non-Binary Living-Learning Communities are created for students who identify anywhere within the transgender and non-binary spectrum as well as folx who are strong active allies. In partnership with the Multicultural Center, this LLC will provide our Trans & Non-Binary residential population with a brave and intentional space to build community, share lived experiences and perspectives, and foster identity development. Folx who are a part of this community can expect faculty and staff involvement, fun programming experiences, and opportunities to celebrate trans leaders and advocates. The First Year Trans & Non-Binary LLC is located in Simmons Hall. The Upper level Trans & Non-Binary LLC is located in Dix Hall.
BIPOC Living-Learning Community
The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Living-Learning Communities foster authentic and lasting solidarity to undo Native invisibility, anti-Blackness, and advance racial justice. The BIPOC LLC will be a space for the community to connect around shared/ similar identity(s) and lived experiences. The Office of Residence Life and the Multicultural Center will partner to provide intentional programming that focuses on uplifting and empowering BIPOC student voices through dialogue on topics of personal development, professional growth, university connections, resources, and opportunities beyond graduation. The First Year BIPOC LLC is an extension of the BIPOC Bridge Program and is located in Simmons Hall.
The Beit Community
The Beit Community offers any resident the opportunity to live in a uniquely Muslim environment. The Beit is a vibrant and inclusive community that fosters an environment where individuals can thrive academically, spiritually, and socially. In collaboration with the Office of Residence Life and the Multicultural Center, this community will be a supportive home where students can engage in a holistic experience while embracing the richness of Islamic Culture and values.