First-Year Living Learning Communities

All first-year students who live on campus for the 2018-2019 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.

First Year Living Learning Communities

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 2018-2019

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.

Mosaic (Diversity and Inclusion LLC)

  • For students who want to learn more about their social responsibility and explore issues of diversity, social justice, and inclusion
  • Students will learn to celebrate multiculturalism
  • Engage in civil discourse and bridge the divides among people of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, political, socio-economic, gender and sexual orientations, and backgrounds

The Mosaic Living Learning Community is a community shared of those that want to learn more about their social responsibility and explore issues of diversity, social justice, and inclusion, while also celebrating multiculturalism. Residential students will be able to engage in civil discourse and bridge the divides among people of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, political, socio-economic, gender and sexual orientations, and backgrounds through meaningful dialogue and programming with campus partners.

Impact (The Service Learning LLC)

  • For students with interest in service learning and giving back to the community
  • Engage in direct and indirect service learning projects
  • Students will learn about important social issues that affect our local, national, and global communities

The Impact Living Learning Community is shared by students who share a common interest in service learning and giving back to the community around them. Residential students will be able to engage in direct and indirect service learning projects throughout the academic year. Through these efforts, students will learn about important social issues that affect our local, national, and global communities. The residential students who reside in this community will work very closely with the Leduc Center.

Footprint (The Sustainability LLC)

  • Provides an environment that encourages students to explore environmentalism, social justice, and economic longevity
  • Environmental responsibility and advocacy
  • Encourages students who are curious OR skeptical about any aspect of sustainability
  • For all students

The Footprint Living Learning Community provides an environment that encourages students to broadly explore the connection between environmentalism, social justice, and economic longevity.  The LLC will include opportunities for students to consciously expand their awareness and apply their knowledge of sustainability through environmental responsibility and advocacy. The LLC will provide students with opportunities to work alongside campus partners in both structured and informal ways. The Footprint LLC encourages students who are curious OR skeptical about any aspect of sustainability to join the community.  All students, regardless of major, are invited to participate within this community to explore different methods of sustainability and how it affects the world around us.

 

Creative Minds (Visual and Performing Arts Majors)

  • Committed to support the academic, artistic and personal growth of  students enrolled in the College for Visual and Performing Arts
  • Works closely with the college to enhance the classroom experience
  • CVPA sponsored programs in the residence halls, skill development exercises
  • Chance to display work or curate a show in the residence hall gallery space

The Creative Minds Community (CMC) is committed to supporting 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, skill development exercises and the chance to display work or curate a show in the residence hall gallery space.

Business Savvy (Business Majors)

  • Academic experience by connecting with Charlton College of Business Faculty and getting students involved with business-oriented leadership opportunities
  • Build a bridge between classroom content with real-world application
  • Programming focused on defining a leader in business

The Business Savvy Community (BSC) is open to all incoming business majors. The BSC strives to create an environment that enhances its members’ academic experience by connecting with Charlton College of Business (CCB) Faculty and getting residents involved with business-oriented student leadership opportunities. UMass Dartmouth has a variety of organizations, such as Collegiate DECA and Finance Club, that build a bridge between classroom content with real-world application and they serve as an excellent platform for members to get involved on campus. In-hall 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.

Sylvia Rivera Community (Gender Inclusive Community)

  • Sylvia Rivera Community welcomes those choosing to learn more about issues surrounding gender identity, sexuality, and social justice
  • Students will 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
  • This community is designated as gender inclusive and welcome to all genders
  • Students must actively choose to live in this 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.  

Global Perspectives (International Awareness Community)

  • For International and Domestic students
  • Opportunities for students to engage with cultures outside of their own
  • Opportunity to participate in the #HousingGoesGlobal program in  partnership with Navitas Global Student Program

The Global Perspectives community is a dedicated community for International and Domestic students to be intentionally housed together.  This community is designed to create opportunities for students to engage with cultures outside of their own, to teach and learn from one another about a wide variety of things that make each of our native countries unique.  Through engagement in this community, there is an opportunity to participate in the #HousingGoesGlobal program in partnership with Navitas Global Student Program, where domestic and international students are intentionally paired together to make campus connections, learn about one another, and practice communication.  If you’re thinking about studying abroad during your college career, this would be a great community to join!

Leadership Community

  • Designed for students interested in living, learning, and engaging in leadership work
  • Residents will understand their own leadership styles
  • Learn how to apply their own personal leadership styles to the classroom and in the professional world
  • Students will work with the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement and the Student Activities
  • For all students regardless of major

The Leadership Community is designed for students interested in living, learning, and engaging in leadership work. Residents will collaborate with one another to understand their own leadership styles, strive to become better connected with the campus community and learn how to apply their own personal leadership styles to their work in the classroom and in the professional world. This community will work with the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement and the Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership Office to participate in a variety of events, including specially crafted service opportunities and the Donald C. Howard Leadership Program. All students, regardless of major or leadership experience, are encouraged to join the Leadership Community.   

Quiet Living

  • For students who are committed to a quiet living environment
  • Promoting intensive study behavior
  • Students wishing to live in this environment agree to uphold the policies set by the community
  • All Majors are welcome

The Quiet Living community is designed to provide a quiet environment for residents who are most comfortable with an intensive study 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. Quiet hours are established within the community for the weekend and will be chosen in early September of each year.  Students choosing the quiet living environment will be asked to sign an agreement indicating they have selected this living environment and will uphold the policies set by the community in addition to the policies set by the Department of Housing & Residential Education and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  All majors are welcome to select the Quiet Living community.

Aspire (Honors Program Students)

  • For students pursuing an academically challenging and engaging experience
  • For our students in the Honors Program
  • Programming will be focused on creating successful, well-rounded students with a holistic approach  
  • Dedicated quiet study lounge

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 creating successful, well-rounded students with a holistic approach to development through academics, leadership, open-mindedness, and civic engagement.  Along with a dedicated quiet study lounge, and targeted programming for Honors students, the Honors Council will be invited to engage with residents in the community to further the connections you make with others in the program.

Blueprint (The Engineering LLC)

  • Pursuing a degree in Engineering
  • Support from like-minded residents, faculty and staff
  • Quiet study lounge in the building
  • Targeted programming for academic success
  • Resident Assistants who are Engineering Majors

Designed for students pursuing a degree in Engineering, the Blueprint community is intended to provide support for students studying Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, and Bio-Engineering.  The goal of this community is to create a shared environment to seek support from like-minded residents, faculty and staff as you pursue your degree in one of UMass Dartmouth’s largest and most academically challenging colleges.  With a quiet study lounge in the building, targeted programming for academic success with Engineering faculty, and several Resident Assistants who are also in Engineering programs, we hope to provide support for you as you begin your collegiate career with us! 

Pulse (Nursing and MLS Majors)

  • Connect first year Nursing and Med-Lab Sciences students with their peers and faculty
  • Promote personal growth and academic success
  • Residential students will live with others that share their interests and goals and taking similar classes

The Pulse Living Learning Community is designed to connect first-year Medical Laboratory Sciences and Nursing students with their peers, faculty and their Colleges to enhance the overall experience by working to promote personal growth and academic success. Residential students within the Nursing and Medical Laboratory Sciences programs who chose to live within Pulse will have a chance to live with others that share their interests and goals, while also being around peers taking similar classes which can assist with retention and success.

Substance Awareness (The Substance-Free LLC)

  • For students who are committed to healthy habits and abstaining from Substances
  • Promoting respect, appreciation, and support for students choosing a substance-free lifestyle
  • Students wishing to live in this environment agree not to consume alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Providing activities with campus partners that support a commitment to a substance-free lifestyle

The Sub-Aware Living Learning Community is shared by residential students who are committed to healthy habits and abstaining from substances such as alcohol, marijuana, tobacco products, illicit drugs, and misuse of prescription drugs. The community is one that provides respect, appreciation, and support for students that choose this specific lifestyle and connects like-minded individuals for continued support throughout their first year. Students wishing to live in this environment agree not to consume alcohol, use illicit drugs or introduce any harmful substances into the designated environment and will sign a pledge agreeing so. Students who choose to live within the Sub-Aware Community will have the opportunity to participate in programs and activities with campus partners that support their commitment to a substance-free lifestyle.