Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) provide opportunities for students who share common educational, social or co-curricular interests to live together in residence halls. Students who live in their requested Living-Learning Community will explore their passions with a cohort of students. In addition to the Residential Life staff (Area Coordinator, Senior Community Advisor, and Community Advisor), Living-Learning Communities also have a LLC Liaison comprised of either a faculty/staff member or department sponsor that assists with programming efforts in that community. Living-Learning Communities are open to the entire Mount Holyoke College student body and Residential Life will work with any student who wants to partake in these communities but is concerned about their accessibility. 

 
How to apply to live in a LLC

Current Students

Log into Residence and submit your application. You may submit your top three preferences in your application. Please speak to each community you have applied for in your essay responses. Students accepted into the Living-Learning Community will have the opportunity to participate in an LLC specific housing lottery in March to select their room. Applications to join one of these communities will be available starting Friday, February 2, 2018. 

New Students

Log into Residence and submit your application. You may submit your top three preferences in your application. Please speak to each community you have applied for in your open response.

Log into Residence

Current Living-Learning Communities

Arts (Wilder Hall)

Our Arts LLC is a community designed to maximize residents' creative capacity. Whether you are interested in creating music, theather, visual art, architecture, engineering, and/or film students who elect to live in the Arts LLC are united by a passion for creating, and a commitment to the arts. You do not need to be an artist or a performer to join; you just need a curiosity for artistic expression in general.  

First Year Experience (MacGregor Hall)

Our First Year Experience LLC is a community that helps our new students get acquainted with the college and involved during their first year. Students are offered academic and social opportunities that help them form meaningful connections to the college community and find their niche at Mount Holyoke. This program is housed in MacGregor Hall and many programs for our first year students will happen there, making this building the hub for first year activities and interactions.  Students participating in this program will flourish throughout their first year.

Interfaith (Buckland Hall)

Our Interfaith LLC is a community of students dedicated to learning, exploring, and celebrating the diversity of religious, spiritual, and socially just practices observed at Mount Holyoke and worldwide. Interfaith community residents desire to deepen their own values/mindful practices, explore the values of their community members with curiosity, and respect seeking meaning and purpose. All students, whether they practice a particular religion, are spiritual but not religious, are seekers, agnostic or atheist are encouraged to apply. 

Language Communties (Mandelle Hall)

Residents living in any of the language communities are expected to make a commitment to maintain an environment of immersion and cooperative learning. These communities are recommended for students studying that language as well as those planning to study aboard. A language assistant lives on the floor to create a vital link with the cosponsoring department.

Chinese Language  

Our Chinese Language LLC is a community of students dedicated to improving their Mandarin language skills and exploring cultures of the Mandarin-speaking world. Community members are exposed to Mandarin language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside of the residence hall. All students who choose to live in this LLC will sign the Community Living Guidelines pledging their commitment to participating in events that maintain an environment of immersion and cooperative learning.

French Language

Our French Language LLC is a community of students dedicated to improving their French language skills and exploring cultures in the francophone world. Community members are exposed to French language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside of the residence hall. All students who choose to live in this LLC will sign the Community Living Guidelines pledging their commitment to participating in events that maintain an environment of immersion and cooperative learning.

German Language 

Our German Language LLC is a community of students dedicated to improving their German language skills and exploring cultures of the German-speaking world. Community members are exposed to German language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside of the residence hall. All students who choose to live in this LLC will sign the Community Living Guidelines pledging their commitment to participating in events that maintain an environment of immersion and cooperative learning.

Italian Language 

Our Italian Language LLC is a community of students dedicated to improving their Italian language skills and exploring cultures in the Italian-speaking world. Community members are exposed to Italian language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside of the residence hall. All students who choose to live in this LLC will sign the Community Living Guidelines pledging their commitment to participating in events that maintain an environment of immersion and cooperative learning.

Spanish Language 

Our Spanish Language LLC is a community of students dedicated to improving their Spanish language skills and exploring cultures in the Spanish speaking world. Community members are exposed to Spanish language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside of the residence hall. All students who choose to live in this LLC will sign the Community Living Guidelines pledging their commitment to participating in events that maintain an environment of immersion and cooperative learning.

Leadership (MacGregor Hall)

Our Leadership LLC is a community of first-year students within the First Year Experience LLC that will be able to identify their leadership style, develop an understanding of non-positional leadership, and evaluate and identify the values of the MHC community. 

Students who chose to become Leadership LLC community members are expected to participate in weekly workshops during the Fall semester. These workshops will help participants learn about themselves and their leadership style. During the spring semester, community members will only meet a few weeks to allow them to participate in experiential learning experiences on campus, for example students will have the option to participate in Student Government Association committee meetings. The spring semester will focus on helping students evaluate and identify the values of MHC. 

Livin' Free (Torrey Hall)

Livin' Free LLC is a community that provides a positive atmosphere for students who respect each other’s choice to be committed to healthy habits and who abstain from substances such as alcohol, tobacco products, illicit drugs and the misuse of prescription medication. Individuals may choose this community based on personal or family history with substance use or addiction, personal or religious convictions, or for many other reasons. This community provides an opportunity for students to live in a supportive environment where their specific lifestyle choice is respected and they can share their residence with other like-minded students.  Students who chose to become Living Free LLC community members are expected to participate in a yearly retreat along with three additional Livin' Free programs. Students will have the opportunity to participate in other programs and activities that are geared towards this commitment as well. All students who choose to live in this LLC will sign the Community Living Guidelines pledging their commitment to remaining substance free both in the residence and off campus.

Mary Woolley (Abbey Hall)

Our Mary Woolley LLC is a community that is designed to support students as they explore and express their whole selves, including their gender identities and sexualities in a safer and affirming environment with particular regard to those complexities which pertain to the historical and contemporary experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, pansexual, polysexual and allied people . Mary Woolley community residents commit to fostering a community, that builds solidarity, honors the heritage of identities that transcend existing binary systems and intersections of identities while working towards justice and equity for all. Ths community is named after, Mary Woolley, the 11th president of Mount Holyoke College. While Mary Woolley accomplished many feats in her 36-year term as president, today she is remembered for laying a foundation for LGBTQ inclusiveness at the College. 

Mi Gente (Rockefeller Hall)

Our Mi Gente LLC is a community that is designed to support students who are of Latina/x descent, identify within the Latin American Diaspora and/or wish to foster connections between different cultures within the diaspora. Mi Gente community residents are committed to developing a safe, supportive, and celebratory environment with particular regard to those complexities of being a student of Latina/x descent at a predominately white institution.

Mosaic (Mead Hall)

Our Mosaic LLC is a community that is designed to support students who self-identify as people of color and express a commitment to creating an inclusive and socially just community that allows residents to learn, listen, and share the many identities they embody. Mosaic community residents engage in cross-cultural dialogue providing students with opportunities to explore and cultivate their academic, intellectual, and cultural interests.

Outdoor Adventure (Ham Hall)

Our Outdoor Adventure  LLC is a community that is designed to provide students with an opportunity to take an active role in engaging in Mount Holyoke’s Outdoor Community. Outdoor Adventure residents will explore nature on campus and in the Pioneer Valley. Various excursions such as walking, hiking, skiing, biking and snowshoeing will be planned with the goal of building teamwork and leadership skills  No previous experience is necessary. All students who chose to live in the Outdoor Adventure LLC commit to a willingness to participate, learn, and grow.

Shirley Chisholm (Rockefeller Hall)

Our Shirley Chisholm LLC is a community that is designed to support students who are of African descent, identify within the African Diaspora and/or wish to foster connections between different cultures within the diaspora. Shirley Chisholm community residents are committed to developing a safe supportive and celebratory environment with particular regard to those complexities of being a student of African descent at a predominately white institution. The community is named after, Shirley Chisholm, a former professor of politics and sociology at Mount Holyoke. Before teaching at Mount Holyoke, Shirley Chisholm made history as the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.