Multicultural living learning community seeking applicants
The Office of Multicultural Programs, in collaboration with the Office of Campus Life and the departments of Philosophy and Religious and Theological Studies, is inviting current freshmen to submit applications to participate in the multidisciplinary, multicultural living learning community for the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Application and more information
- Interested students are invited to an open house at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in the Ochre Lodge lounge.
Up to 50 students will be chosen to join the expanded living learning community, living together in Ochre Lodge and the Ochre Lodge Annex. Selected students will 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 as well as to provide an opportunity for interaction with people who are different,” said Dr. Sami Nassim, director of multicultural programs. “We emphasize that this is a community open to people from all walks of life.”
To complement the experience, participants will be able to enroll in special sections of core 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.
Dr. Sean O’Callaghan, assistant professor of religious and theological studies, will teach Christianity in Dialogue With World Religions. Dr. Troy Catterson, assistant professor of philosophy, will teach The Quest for the Good. In addition, Dr. Anthony LoPresti, associate professor of religious and theological studies, will teach a spring 2016 course, Christian Ethics and Social Issues.
Completed applications should be returned to the Office of Multicultural Programs in Walgreen Hall, Room 183 or emailed to email@example.com by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27.