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Living Learning and Special Interest Communities


 Integrated and intentional communities in Mathias and Slocum Halls that explore a theme through experiential engagement & civic skill development


CAMPUS LIVING THAT REFLECTS YOUR INTERESTS

Colorado College offers four Living Learning Community (LLC) options in Mathias Hall as well as two Special Interest Communities (SIC) located in Slocum Hall. Each community is advised by a student staff member and a staff Program Coordinator from various offices on campus. The communities meet regularly over dinner to discuss the theme and engage in outreach with the local community or organize applicable campus projects or programs. It’s living AND learning about topics that you’re passionate about. 

A VARIETY OF THEME OPTIONS

Global Living Learning Community (GLLC)

 The purpose of the GLLC is to provide a cross-cultural experience for students interested in broadening their understanding of world issues and cultures. This concept is strengthened by the expectation that its residents actively participate in the organization and implementation of cross-cultural programming. Such an environment serves to further enhance the building of an inter-cultural community. Students will explore various facets of diversity and global citizenship in relation to the campus, community, nation, and the world.  We will critically explore the various community, personal, political, economic and indirect relationships that make up our daily lives and what the impact of civic engagement is on all of these relationships.  This community is designed for any student who has a desire to experience and share an intercultural living environment. Students interested in foreign languages, economic and political development, cultural area studies, overseas study and travel, political science, and the various aspects of international relations or those who are interested in learning about other cultures or international work or service may choose to become a part of the Global Living Learning Community.  Those selected for the LLC live in a unique community on a renovated wing of Mathias Hall, which includes a shared kitchen and lounge.  For additional information, please contact Stella Mainar at (719) 389-6802 or at Stella.Mainar@ColoradoCollege.edu.  Applications are due by Tuesday, July 15th for new students.

Arts for Social Change Living Learning Community

The Arts for Social Change Living Learning Community is a residential program with a focus on community organizing and social change through the arts.  Community organizing is using collective action of everyday people to build power, create shared decision-making, and address community needs and issues.  Students who apply should have an interest in the arts, delving deeper into social issues, learning tools for community change, and applying their knowledge to address community need in Colorado Springs and beyond. Those selected for the LLC live in an intentional community on a renovated wing of Mathias Hall, which includes a shared kitchen and lounge.  For additional information, please contact Adison Petti at (719) 389-6022 or at Adison.Petti@ColoradoCollege.edu.  Applications are due by Tuesday, July 15th for new students.

Local Living Learning Community

The Local Living Learning Community is a residential program that encourages students to explore the sustainability of local systems on a scale ranging from the buildings to the greater Pikes Peak region we inhabit. Students investigate their individual and collective roles as active agents in local food, water, energy, and economic systems. The group will work to design and implement holistic, creative, and practical solutions to foster vibrant, sustainable communities.  Those selected for the LLC live in a unique community on a renovated wing of Mathias Hall, which includes a shared kitchen and lounge.  For additional information, please contact Ian Johnson at (719) 389-6025 or at Ian.Johnson@ColoradoCollege.edu.  Applications are due by Tuesday, July 15th for new students.

Spiritual Practices Living Learning Community

The Spiritual Practices Community is an intentional residential community focused around the intersections between spiritual practices, commitment, integration, and transformation.  The community invites students to explore and reflect on multiple spiritual practices from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions.  At the same time, it encourages students to deepen and sustain their own personal spiritual practices in a supportive encouraging community.  Students who have a desire for spiritual growth and exploration, are open to experiential learning, and are willing to commit to living in community would find this community enriching.  Those selected to participate in this program will reside in a renovated wing of Mathias Hall, sharing communal space, a kitchen, and mutual active engagement in the goals of this community. For additional information, please contact Kate Holbrook at (719)389-7986 or Kate.Holbrook@ColoradoCollege.edu. Applications are due by Tuesday, July 15th for new students. 

Outdoor Education Special Interest Community

The Outdoor Education Special Interest Community (SIC) is a community committed to enhancing the knowledge, skills and leadership development of students through outdoor and community service experiences.  It’s a residential program with a focus on assisting students, through outdoor pursuits, to develop critical thinking skills, create new problem-solving strategies, hone decision-making skills, enhance creativity, and more effectively synthesize and integrate this information into all aspects of their lives.  In this way, students both perform more effectively in an academic environment and flourish throughout all phases of their college experience.  Students who apply must have an interest in learning about these aspects of Outdoor Education but do not need to have any experience in outdoor pursuits.  Additionally, students should be interested in developing skills in leadership and program and trip development.  Those selected for the SIC live in a unique community on a renovated wing of Slocum Hall, which includes a shared kitchen and lounge.  Students live by the Residential Life and Colorado College guidelines and policies; however, they create shared community standards for their living environment.  Please contact Program Coordinator Patricia Chan and (719) 389-6803 or at Patricia.Chan@ColoradoCollege.edu with questions. Applications are due by Tuesday, July 15th for new students.

CrossROADS Special Interest Community

Are you interested in exploring gender and sexuality?  Are you interested in finding out what that means?  The goal of the CrossROADs Special Interest Community is to create an inclusive community focusing on Respect, Openness, Affirmation, and Dialogue around the intersections of gender and sexuality.  CrossROADSs aims to provide a safe-space community that allows for a holistic understanding of how gender and sexuality intersect with our multiple identities, and examine the world around us through this same lens.  We will also work with student groups to promote and create events raising awareness of LGBTQ+ issues on campus.  Students interested in examining gender and sexuality in a non-academic way may find a home at the CrossROADs.  Those selected for the SIC live in an inclusive community in a renovated wing of Slocum.  For additional information, please contact Brett Gray at (719) 389-6198 or at Brett.Gray@ColoradoCollege.edu.  Applications are due by Tuesday, July 15th.  

Jordan Stayer, Jordan.Stayer@coloradocollege is available to answer general questions about the programs and the application process.


Selection and Application Details

Please note that the Outdoor Education SIC Application, the CrossROADs SIC Application, and the LLC Application are due by July 15th for new students.  You will be contacted regarding your placement in the beginning of July.

In order to be considered for the programs, applicants must have their online housing form submitted by the deadline. If you have any questions about this requirement, please see “CC Bound” or call the Residential Life and Housing main office at (719) 389-6618.