First Year Living Learning Communities

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All first-year students who live on campus for the 2016-2017 academic year will be housed in one of our themed residential communities

Themed communities consist of clusters of students who share academic, social, or cultural interests. Students and staff assigned to the hall participate in social and academic programs and activities lead by peers, faculty and staff.

Each of our four traditional halls in the First Year Quad is a specifically themed residential community comprised of different interests and academic majors. All of the halls maintain an academic focus while providing opportunities for engagement and community building. 

FY LLC Learning Objectives

  • Students will connect socially and academically within the residential areas with each other throughout the academic year.
  • Students will connect socially and academically within the residential areas with faculty and staff throughout the academic year.
  • Students will get to know and interact with a cohort of students who share a common academic major or area of interest in a residential learning community
  • Students will engage in inclusive communities where respect for diversity of ideas and backgrounds exist
  • Students will participate in a broad range of programs that are geared toward community and civic engagement
  • Students will develop skills to assist them in their transition from matriculation to graduation

FY LLC options for 2016-2017

All first-year students will be able to set a preference for the living-learning community they want when they sign a housing contract. while these preferences are not guaranteed, we will make efforst to honor your top choices.  These descriptions will also be in the contract template.

Reach Out Community

Students interested in engaging in community service and civic engagement, including those with a passion for social justice. Intentional programs and opportunities will be offered for students to get involved and connected within their hall and campus community.

Overall Reach Out Goals:

  • Students are given opportunities to learn about and participate in programs geared towards community service and civic engagement.
  • Students are given opportunities to explore issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Students are given opportunities to take part in activities around diversity, inclusion, and social justice issues.


The Mosaic community will be a floor engaged in exploring issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Students will explore other cultures and how they fit into a diversity society.  Students will be connected with Faculty, Staff, and student organizations related to furthering Social Justice (e.g. Frederick Douglas Unity House, CWGS, Live Well, Crime and Justice, Sociology, etc.). Programming will be focused on exploring social justice issues and learning more about resources on campus.


The Impact community will be a floor focused on civic engagement and community service.  Intentional programs and opportunities will be offered to get students involved, connected, and make an impact together.  Students will work closely with the Leduc Center. 


As an Endeavor Scholar, you'll be part of a cohort experience that nurtures civic-minded responsibility. Students are selected based on academic achievement, leadership experience, and dedication to community service. Endeavor Scholars spend significant time together in leadership and development, innovative community-related coursework, and service and outreach activities/programs in and out of the classroom.

Leadership Community

Students interested in living, learning, and engaging in leadership will work with each other to understand their own leadership styles and how to become more connected in their community and the campus.  Students will work closely with the Student Government Association, the Residential Student Association, the Hall Council, and the SAIL office.  

Overall Leadership Goals:

  • Students are given opportunities to see UMassD student leaders in action
  • Students are given opportunities to develop leadership and team skills
  • Students have opportunities to demonstrate leadership

Creative Minds                                                                                      

The Creative Minds community is open to all students interested in the creative arts and will work closely with the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) for programming opportunities, and also work with the Art Educators Association (AEA) for leadership opportunities in the community.  Students will be given opportunities to see UMassD/Community engaged in action, develop connections to the South Coast Region, and demonstrate leadership.  Programs facilitated by the College of Visual and Performing Arts faculty, students and alumni will be provided to students throughout the year. 

Business Savvy                                                                             

The Business Savvy community is open to business students who are interested in connecting with members of the Charlton College of Business (CCB) Faculty, and involvement with Collegiate DECA (formerly known as Distributive Education Clubs of America) for student leadership opportunities.  Students will be introduced to CCB Faculty before they are typically in the classroom (usually in one’s Sophomore or Junior Year).  Programming will be focused on defining a leader in business as one with deep community involvement and social/environmental responsibility as evident in the University’s and Region’s vision to become a center of sustainability and civic engagement.

Gender Inclusivity                                                                             

The Gender Inclusive community is a space in which assignments are not determined by biological sex. This is often seen as a "safe space" for students who feel more comfortable living with students of a different biological sex, transgender students, or for our student leaders interested in social justice issues involving gender conformity. Please note that students must actively choose to live in this community.



Cornerstone Community

Students living in our Cornerstone community have a wide range of interests both academically and civically. This community serves students who are enrolled in science and engineering programs, those who have been accepted to the Honors program, international students, and those interested in study abroad programs. Students in this community will be offered a wide range of programs that coincide with their academic majors, diversity and inclusion, community building and engagement with faculty and staff outside in the hall.

Overall Cornerstone Goals:

  • Students are given opportunities to learn about and participate in programs geared towards academic excellence, inclusion and engagement with people from different cultures more intentionally.
  • Students are given opportunities to meet and learn from faculty outside their classrooms
  • Students will be challenged to get involved on campus


Students living in the Aspire community have a strong dedication to pursuing an academically challenging and engaging experience throughout their first year at UMass Dartmouth.  Directed for our students in the Honors Program, programming will be focused on academic success, leadership, and community service.      


Some of our many Engineering students (Mechanical/Electrical/Civil/Bio-Engineering) call the Blueprint community their home as they seek support from like-minded residents, faculty, and staff engaged in one of UMass Dartmouth's largest and most academically challenging colleges.  Programs will include RA/Faculty programming, and engineering advising sessions. Additional engineering students may be housed in the Leadership Community and Pulse for bio-engineers.

Global Perspectives                                                                             

The Global Perspectives community is a place for our NAVITAS students and others with international affinity or interest including study abroad. Students will live and learn alongside a multitude of different experiences, cultures, and interests as they apply knowledge of the world to their work here at UMass Dartmouth.  The community will work with the NAVITAS Office, the International Students & Scholar Center, and the International Programs Office to host building-wide cultural programs and highlight current events.

Healthy Living, Healthy World Community

Students living in our Healthy Living, Healthy World community are interested in learning about healthy lifestyles, including a shared interest in food science and nutrition, fitness, physical, emotional, and spiritual health, as well as understanding the bigger world and issues related to sustainability.  Students will work on finding balance, developing life skills to thrive, and learn about sustainability. Students will be encouraged to make connections with campus groups and activities.  

Overall Healthy Living, Healthy World Goals:

  • Students are given opportunities to learn about and participate in programs geared towards Healthy Living.
  • Students are given opportunities to learn about and participate in programs geared towards Sustainability.
  • Students will be encouraged to get involved on campus.


The Pulse community is for students enrolled in our health, pre-health and medical science programs (College of Nursing, MLS, pre-med, bio-engineering, etc.).  Students in the Pulse community will have opportunities to meet faculty outside the classroom, and work with advisors related to their field of study.  Programs will be directed toward student success in health and medical related fields of study through student engagement and connections


Within the Healthy Living Hall, the Footprint Community will explore issues and participate in programs related to sustainability on campus and in our world.  Programs may include activities with our Green Navigators to explore issues of sustainability, our carbon footprint, and community service. 

Substance Awareness                                                                

The Substance Awareness community accommodates students who desire a substance free environment based on health, life experience, or personal/family circumstance. Students wishing to live in this environment agree not to consume alcohol, use illicit drugs or introduce any harmful substances into the designated environment. 

Quiet Living                                                       

The Quiet Living option is a place for residents who are most comfortable with a quiet lifestyle beyond that provided by established quiet and courtesy hours in other residence halls.  Here, residents maintain a quiet living atmosphere 24 hours a day, Sunday through Thursday. Other hours are established within the community for the weekend.