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.

How to apply to live in a LLC

New Students

Students can apply by completing the New Student LLC application. These applications are due by Friday, June 24, 2016.  You will have the chance to prioritize up to three communities in which you would like to participate.  Please speak to each community you have applied for in your essay responses.

Our Living Learning Communities

First Year Focus Community (MacGregor Hall)

Our first-year focus 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.

Language Floors (Buckland Hall and Mead 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 Floor (in Mead Hall)

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.

French Language Floor (in Mead Hall)

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.

German Language Floor (in Buckland Hall)

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.

Italian Language Floor (in Buckland Hall)

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.

Spanish Language Floor (in Mead Hall)

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.

Livin' Free Floor (Torrey)

Our Livin’ Free LLC is a community of students committed to leading a substance free lifestyle. Residents in this community have the opportunity to participate in experiences to develop habits that support lifelong health and well-being. Livin’ Free differs from other communities because residents sign a contract pledging to refrain from the use of alcohol, being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs and tobacco, and the abuse of prescription medications. Students who do not honor the contract will be relocated to a different community.

Mary Woolley Floor—LGBTQIA Community (Abbey Hall)

Our Mary Woolley LLC is a community of students committed to developing a safe supportive and celebratory environment with particular regard to those complexities which pertain to the historical and contemporary experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, and allied people. Residents in this community foster connections between individuals with shared experiences and interests.

Healthy Green Living (Pearsons Annex)

For upper class students only

Healthy Green Living is a community of students interested in learning how to personally live in a manner that reduces an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resources and personal resources.  Residents in the community will have the opportunity to participate in experiences that attempt to reduce their carbon footprint such as altering methods of transportation, energy consumption and diet.  Students who choose to live a Vegan/Vegetarian/Pescitarian lifestyle and enjoy thinking about sustainable food practices are strongly encourgaged to apply.

 

Create Your Own Living Learning Community!

We want to continue growing our Living Learning Community program and want student voices to be a part of the process.  What other topics or ideas would you like to construct a community around?

To submit your ideas, please complete this form and answer a few questions that will help us decide which communities to choose.  These applications will be due by Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  After that a committee of staff and students from around campus will review the applications and the top communities will be selected.  Students will be allowed to apply to participate in these communities before the housing lottery takes place in the Spring semester.  Please contact Residential Life if you have any questions about this process.