Living Learning Communities
RWU began offering Living Learning Communities more than a decade ago, when the University Honors Program chose to include a living component to accompany the overall honors experience. Since then, the University has hosted many types of LLCs – from theme-and major-based to special interest, self-proposed and everything in between. We believe that LLCs are an integral piece of the RWU education, especially for incoming students.
National research has shown that LLCs:
- Improve self-confidence
- Open students’ minds to new ideas and experiences
- Increase student engagement in classes
- Lead students to think more critically and gain deeper knowledge
- Create a greater sense of connection to the university community
Our current LLC offerings include communities organized around our Honors program, major/academic program, and required Core Curriculum classes. Other lifestyle and identity based options include Substance Free, Black, Queer & Trans LLC's. The LLCs are housed in South Campus, which is also home to all first-year RWU students. Each LLC will be comprised of a cohort of approximately 24-26 students, who will share at least one class, a faculty and resident advisor, as well as a variety of on-and off-campus academic and social experiences.
At RWU, our LLCs:
- Give students additional access to faculty mentors
- Create a community within a community
- Allow for greater interaction with Peer Mentors and Resident Assistants
- Come with built-in study groups and tutoring support
- Offer opportunities to participate in special events, on- and off-campus
LLCs at RWU are designed to help you get the most out of your first-year by strengthening the connection between the classroom and the residence hall, and helping you in the transition from high school to college. And, as a member of an LLC, you’ll have the support and encouragement you need to make the most of YOUR college experience.
Living Learning Communities
All first-year students are required to complete the five-course interdisciplinary core. The University offers an opportunity for students to experience one of these core courses through a living learning community experience. By selecting one of the options described below, you will be placed in a living area with students taking this same class, have additional connections with your professor and have continuous learning opportunities outside the classroom.
- CORE 102
In Challenges of Democracy, students will trace the growing complexity of the idea of democracy by analyzing primary source documents, examine the idea of democracy, its inherent tensions, and its relationship to other concepts including but not limited to: reason, equality, liberty, order, and identity and describe how key concepts within democratic thought are practiced in the modern world.
- CORE 103
In Human Behavior in Perspective, students will explain and describe human behavior from various social scientific points of view, demonstrate an increased understanding of and sensitivity towards human diversity and inequalities and critically assess social science research.
- CORE 104
In Literature, Philosophy and Examined Life, students will make connections between literary and philosophical texts and the examined life and demonstrate an understanding of significant literary and philosophical themes and concepts presented in course texts.
The Black LLC is a group of people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and ethnicities who connect around the common experience of being racially Black. The Black LLC aims to make meaningful connections with peers and Black faculty and administrators, network in the RI community with Black firsts and professionals, participate in community collaborations through service projects that empower Black youth and engage with the campus community for institutional change. The living area is located in Stonewall Terrace and will be home to both first year and upperclassmen students. First year students will be placed in a CORE 102 class together.
This community is designed for first-year students entering the institution with a major or interest in Criminal Justice. Along with be scheduled for CJS.105, Introduction for Criminal Justice, residents will be able to connect, learn and study with students with similar educational goals and career aspirations.
This community is designed for first year students entering the institution with a major or interest in Criminal Justice. Along with be scheduled for ENGR,110, Engineering Graphics and Design, residents will be able to connect, learn and study with students with similar educational goals and career aspirations.
Global Scholars LLC
For international students, dual citizens, students who have spent an extensive amount of time living outside the United States, or domestic students who have interest in international affairs. This LLC will support the growth of global citizens and cross-cultural engagement.
The Honors program is located in Building IV of Stonewall Terrace. Students entering the Honors program are encouraged to select this living learning community, unless an affinity-based LLC (i.e. Black or Queer/Trans) is preferred. The Honors program, in coordination with the LLC focuses on achieving excellence through intellectual and creative scholarship, fostering citizenship and social responsibility through reflective engagement with local and global communities and leading and serving within the program, the community, and the world. All participating students will be placed in an Honors CORE 102 course.
Social Justice/P.E.A.C.E. (Peer Empowerment, Advocacy, and Community Engagement) LLC
Students in this LLC value equity, diversity, inclusion, intercultural learning, community engagement, and social justice activism, and are mentored by upperclassmen to develop critical social justice consciousness.
This community serves students who identify anywhere within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, trans, transgender, non-binary, and gender non-confirming communities. This living area is located in Maple Hall. In partnership with the Queer and Trans Resource and Advocacy Center (QTRAC), this community allows for our queer and trans communities to build a strong network of support while they adjust to life at Roger. This community also creates a safe space for our queer and trans students to celebrate their shared identities. Students living in this living area will also be in a CORE 103 course together.
Special Interest and Major-Based Living Areas:
Building & Design
These living areas, located in both Maple and Willow Halls, are communities of students who are interested in Architecture and Construction Management. Although these communities are not connected to a class, students are provided the opportunity to interact with those who are taking similar classes, study together and be provided with specific opportunities geared towards their academic focus.
These living areas, located in both Maple and Willow Halls, are communities of students who are interested in the discipline of Business. Although these communities are not connected to a class, students are provided the opportunity to interact with those who are taking similar classes, study together and be provided with specific opportunities geared towards their academic focus.
This living area, located in Cedar Hall, is for students looking for an opportunity to live on a floor that suspends many of the perceptions one might have of living on a floor as it pertains to gender identity. The floor has an all-gendered restroom, shared by all. Bedrooms may be either gender-specific or gender-inclusive dependent on students’ decisions. This living area is open to all students, regardless of identity.
This living area, located in Maple Hall, is a community of students who are interested in the study of marine biology. Although this community is not connected to a class, students are provided the opportunity to interact with those who are taking similar classes, study together and be provided with specific opportunities geared towards their academic focus.
Despite the entirety of our South Campus being substance free, this community is designed for students seeking an opportunity to live in a space on campus that focuses on a holistic wellness without the use of alcohol, tobacco and other substances. Students selecting this community are expected to meet this expectation while living in the space. This area is located in Maple Hall and is not connected with an academic course.
Returning Student LLCs:
As an returning student, you will have the opportunity to design your own LLC. The result? New, student-initiated LLCs ranging from Eco Geeks and Freaks of Nature (animal and environmental issues) to We Fit (personal wellness) and Hawks Pride. That’s the beauty of RWU; if you have an idea, you can make it happen!
Some current and past student-proposed LLCs:
- Edible Landscaping--Community Gardening
- One Voice & Women Against Domestic Violence
- Helping Hands--Volunteering in a School Setting
- Critcial Reading for Community Development--Mentoring / Big Sisters
- Hawks Heroes – Special Olympics
- Peace Stew – PEACE II
- Save the Bay – Beach clean-ups
- Roger's Angels--The Ronald McDonald House
- Green is the New Black – Environmental awareness
- Soccer/Healthy Living
- Skin We’re In – Diversity
Q: When/how do I get to select my room for next year?
A: The Roommate Matching Characteristics Questionnaire will be available in March, and once you’ve deposited, you’ll receive your login information. Our new housing form will allow you to rank your preference between your major or themed-based LLC.
Q: When/how do I get matched with my roommate?
A: RWU has a survey that all new students take to determine your compatibility with other students. The matching process takes the majority of the summer, and roommate assignments are announced in August.
Q: What are the benefits of being involved in an LLC?
A: You’ll find a whole insert about LLCs in your Acceptance Packet when you receive it, but some of the benefits include faculty mentors, special events and instant bonds with your classmates and faculty members.
Q: I really want to be in an LLC; how do I make sure that I get in?
A: We will make every effort to place you in one of your selected LLCs, but we cannot guarantee placement as some things could limit placement in a specific area.
Q: How much does it cost to be in an LLC?
A: Even with all of the added benefits—from special events to faculty mentors, there is no additional cost to be part of any of our LLCs.
Q: I really don’t want to be in an LLC; how do I opt out?
A: It’s a way of life here, and is a great experience for everyone involved. Not only have LLCs been proven to improve grades and overall satisfaction with the RWU experience, but they’re also a great way to make friends and really get to know your faculty mentors. If you have concerns please speak with your specific Dean of your school.
Q: Can I pick an LLC in the residence hall I want to be in?
A: Assignments are based upon your choice of LLC, not residence hall preference. All of our first-year students live in south campus, which is also where our LLCs are housed, in Cedar, Maple, Willow and Stonewall. You will be able to rank the LLC of choice that you would like to live in and we will make every effort to place you in an LLC that coordinates with your interests and/or major.
Q: Can I pick my roommate?
A: If you already know who you’d like to live with, you can indicate that on the Roommate Matching Characteristics Questionnaire. It must be a mutual request to be considered.
Q: What if I don’t like/get along with my roommate?
A: We always do our best to match you with a roommate who will complement your lifestyle. While we have enjoyed great success in our process, we acknowledge that the process is not foolproof. If things aren’t working between you and your roommate, we will try our best to help you work through it, or work with you to have you reassigned to a better living situation.
Q: What if I’m in an LLC and I change majors or drop the required class?
A: We will be working with you during Summer Orientation to build a schedule and assign an LLC that matches your academic major. If you change your mind about your during an orientation session, we will make the necessary adjustment. During the semester, as with any significant decisions affecting your course of study, you should consult with your assigned Academic Advisor and the dean of the school. At that time, a room change out of the LLC can also be explored with the Department of Residence Life and Housing.