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Engagement Communities

Living on campus will provide you with extraordinary experiences and opportunities to meet new friends and create a strong network and lifetime of memories. We offer living and learning communities to connect you with students who share similar majors and/or interests with lots of opportunities to get involved.

Arts in our Community (Visual and Performing Arts Majors)

Arts in our Community is committed to support the academic, artistic and personal growth of students enrolled in the College for Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and others interested in exploring their artistic abilities. The community works closely with the college to enhance the classroom experience by connecting with CVPA sponsored programs in the residence halls, and skill development exercises. The community is served by an Artist in Residence.

Health Careers Community

The Health Careers Community is designed to connect first year Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing and those students interested in Health Careers. The Health Careers Living and Learning Community will interact with the College of Nursing & Health Sciences faculty, staff, and alumni, and engage in study sessions with students in the same math and science and other courses. Students will be advised by those interested in nursing or medical laboratory science path and engage in activities and events with their peers.

Honors Scholar Community

The Honors Scholar Living & Learning community for first-year and select sophomore students is a great way to get involved with the Honors College as soon as you enter UMass Dartmouth. You will live with other first-year and sophomore students who share similar interests, backgrounds, and identities in the Honors College, which allows you to get to know your peers. Since you will be taking similar classes as other Honors first-years, the Honors LLC provides a good support system and built-in study groups.

Pre-Law Community

The Pre-Law Living Learning Community is open to all first year students in all majors who have an interest in the law. Students who live in and experience the Pre-Law LLC will be better prepared to enter law school and legal careers after graduation through development of relationships with pre-law advisors and faculty who are actively involved in teaching law-related courses and mentoring student organizations including the Pre-Law Society. Students have the opportunity to engage in fun learning activities from LSAT Game Night, to movie nights, and mock trial.

Women in Engineering

The Women in Engineering Community (WiE) is part of the College of Engineering community, and provides first-year engineering, computer science, and physics women students with support through a variety of opportunities for students to become integrated into the College of Engineering. Students will interact with female College of Engineering faculty, staff, and alumni, and engage in study sessions with students in the same math and science courses. For more information about WiE feel free to visit their website.

Theme Housing

Corsair Explorers

Corsair Explorers partners with the College of Arts and Sciences Student Transition and Achievement Resource Center (CAS STAR Center) and other academic colleges, Career Center, the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, and other offices to help students explore majors, career development, and civic engagement. Corsair Explorers is a great way to discover academic majors, careers, and how to engage on the UMass Dartmouth campus.

Society of Gamers

Board game lovers, computer gamers, and others game lovers are invited to live together in the Society of Gamers theme community. Learn about game creation and enjoy game board nights. Live in this gaming community with people who share your enthusiasm for gaming.

Sylvia Rivera Gender Inclusive Community

Sylvia Rivera was a leader and pioneer in the trans rights movement in the United States. Her work focused on the inclusion of people, regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic class or ability. We have chosen to honor Sylvia Rivera by using her name in this community. The SRC welcomes those who want to learn more about issues surrounding gender identity, sexuality, and social justice. Students choosing to live in this environment are opting to engage in a brave space and will learn from their peers' personal experiences alongside critical theory. Students living in this community will build ties to the greater UMass Dartmouth community, especially the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Women and Gender Studies Department. This community is designated as gender inclusive, which means it is welcome to all genders. Students may feel more comfortable living with folks of another gender identity, and in the SRC, assignments are not determined by biological sex or sex assigned at birth. Please note that students must actively choose to live in this community.

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