Living Learning Community focusing on diversity, inclusion

The offices of Multicultural Programs and Campus Life have invited all undergraduate students to submit applications to participate in a new Living Learning Community for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The 34 students who are chosen to join the Living Learning Community will live together in Ochre Lodge and participate in curricular and co-curricular activities designed to help them achieve a better understanding of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion.

“The main goal is to promote cultural competency skills, development and self-awareness for our students, and to provide an opportunity for students to interact with people who are different,” said Sami Nassim, director of multicultural programs. “We emphasize that this is a community open to people from all walks of life.”

To complement the living experience, participants will be able to enroll in courses specially designed for, and limited to, students in the Living Learning Community. Courses will focus on issues of institutionalized privilege and oppression and explore how major world religions respond by promoting diversity and tolerance.

“This living learning community is more than a community of students who want to explore issues of diversity and inclusion in both a curricular and co-curricular way,” said Mandy Hart, associate director of admissions and multicultural education. “It’s also a new way to think about living on campus. In the future, we hope that there will be many different communities that explore all kinds of issues in a living and learning setting.”

Interested students are invited to an open house at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 in Ochre Lodge.

For more information, and an application, click here. Completed applications should be returned to the Office of Multicultural Programs (Walgreen Hall, Room 183) or emailed to by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.

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