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Theme Communites


 Integrated and intentional communities in Mathias and Slocum Halls that explore a theme through experiential engagement & civic skill development. Additional themed communities are available across our housing selections! Below is a summary of what’s offered. 


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.  Click here for the Theme Commuity Application.

A VARIETY OF THEME OPTIONS

Arts for Social Change Living Learning Community

The Arts for Social Change Living Learning Community is a residential program with a focus on utilizing the arts as a method of community organizing to create positive social change.  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 active and reciprocal engagement in communities, and applying their knowledge to address community need in Colorado Springs and beyond. Those selected for the LLC live in an intentional community in Mathias Hall, which includes a shared kitchen and lounge. For additional information, please contact Dave Harker at (719) 389-6885 or at David.Harker@ColoradoCollege.edu.  Applications are due by April 22nd for returning students. First Year Applications will open in the summer.

Local Living Learning Community

The Local Living Learning Community is a residential program that encourages students to explore and develop a sense of place around our campus and Pikes Peak region we inhabit.  Students investigate their individual and collective roles as active agents in local food, water, energy, economic systems, community impacts, and more. The group will work to dig into the region and develop a deep sense of place consistent with their own  interests and will play an active role in defining those interests and coordinating experiences to help foster them.  Weekly dinners using locally sourced food are a cornerstone of this community.  Those selected for the LLC live in a unique community in  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 noon on April 22nd for returning students. First Year Applications will open in the summer.

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 an intentional community in 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 April 22nd for returning students. First Year Applications will open in the summer.

Outdoor Education Special Interest Community

The Outdoor Education Special Interest Community (OESIC) 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 OESIC 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 Ryan Hammes at (719) 227-8131 or at Ryan.Hammes@ColoradoCollege.edu with questions. Applications are due April 22nd for returning students. First Year Applications will open in the summer.

Synergy House

The Synergy Program consists of two houses, located on the east side of campus, for students who are passionate about sustainability and wish to challenge themselves to live intentionally in order to reduce their impact on the planet. “Together, we strive to be a center for environmental awareness, education, and innovation on campus. The steps we take to conserve energy and limit our environmental impact include our gray water systems, utilizing passive solar heating methods, eating local, and growing our own food in our backyard. In addition, we are always looking for new and different ways to carry out our daily activities in order to reduce our footprint and live together more cohesively.” For additional information about the Synergy House, please contact student Lea Linse at Lea.Linse@coloradocollege.edu. Applications are due by April 22nd for returning students. 

Glass House Theme Community

Lennox House is currently the location of the Glass House Program, a perpetual Themed Learning Community that provides an environment for the promotion of multi-cultural awareness, support, and programming. The Glass House is supported through programming collaboration with from The Butler Center and Residential Life and Housing.Residency in the Glass House is limited to students with sophomore and higher class standing. Prospective residents are subject to House Council review. The Resident Advisor plays an active role in the recruitment and placement of residents, as well as in programming for the multi-cultural theme. For additional information, please contact Brett Gray at 389-6198 or Brett.Gray@ColoradoCollege.edu   Applications are due by April 22nd for returning students. 

24 Hour Quiet and Substance Free Communities

Residential Life and Housing offers a variets of 24-Hour Quiet Communities, Substance Free Communities, and communities that are both 24-hour quiet and substance free. Currently we have substance free wings in Loomis and Slocum Halls, 24-hour quiet areas in Slocum and McGregor Halls, and a 24-hour quiet substance free community in Arthur House. Students are asked to, and expected, be respectful of these preferred living environments. For additional information, please contact Kathy Butler at 389-6619 or Kathy.Butler@ColoradoCollege.edu. Applications are due by April 22nd for returning students. New student applications will be available during the summer. 

Language Houses

Please click here for more information on the language houses.


Selection and Application Details

If you want to inquire more information about our theme communities, contact Matt Edwards, Mathias Residential Life Coordinator, Matt.Edwards@coloradocollege.edu or, Krystal Schiffelbein, Slocum Residential Life Coordinator, Krystal.Schiffelbein@ColoradoCollege.edu

New Students application process will open during the summer, please check back for more information.