New residential options help students live and learn

by Tina Owen,

  • Housing and Residence Life

This fall, incoming first-year students will be able to choose a new residential option that taps into and supports their interests in sustainability, health and wellness, and global living.

Willamette is launching three Living-Learning Communities (LLC), based in existing residence halls, to combine the curricular, co-curricular, and residential components of college life. Each community will be home to about 40-60 students who share a passion for the LLC’s particular focus.

Students will explore that focus through collaborative learning and scholarship opportunities including guest speakers, discussions, dinners, field trips, faculty- and student-led initiatives and programs, service opportunities, and the potential to take common courses.

The Global Living LLC, based in Shepard Hall, welcomes students who want to deepen their intercultural and international competence.

The Health & Wellness LLC, based in Baxter Complex, explores “topics and issues ranging from students’ own physical, emotional and intellectual health to systemic and societal health and wellness challenges — and possibilities.”

Also in Baxter, the Sustainability & Society LLC will enable students to “explore and learn what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle, through three primary dimensions: equity, environment and economics.”

Incoming students interested in an LLC should note their preference on their residence hall living preference forms, which are due to Housing and Community Life by June 10. More information is available on the LLC website, which will be updated throughout the summer. Students can also contact Housing and Community Life by phone at 503-370-6212 or email  housing@willamette.edu.