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What are Living Learning Communities?

Living Learning Communities (LLC) are residential communities that introduce and integrate academic and social learning through faculty and staff involvement within a holistic education. LLC at NEIU are designed to create a greater sense of community through increased opportunities for faculty and peer interaction around specific topics. Students in LLC live together in the same area of The Nest, our on-campus residence hall, and share experiences that reinforce their academic focus and/or theme of their LLC. Students and faculty are provided opportunities for connection outside of the classroom and LLC supports networking across common interests.

By Joining Living Learning Communities, students will benefit from...

  • an enriched campus housing experience that connect academic and extracurricular activities
  • more interactions with faculty, civic leaders, and University administrators
  • closer connections with faculty members who can assist with academic studies
  • an increased sense of community at NEIU
  • greater content knowledge in LLC topics

Housing Scholarship

Students who are accepted into an LLC receive a generous offer of two semesters of housing at no cost. More detailed information about the housing scholarship is provided below about each LLC program (click each bar to open). 


What are the types of LLCs?

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Social Justice Leadership Program

The Social Justice Leadership Program provides the opportunity for incoming full-time students to spend two semesters learning about numerous social justice issues through courses, guest speakers, on-campus events and off-campus outings.

Learning Outcomes

Students who participate fully in the Social Justice Leadership Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased understanding of their own individual and group identities, and be able to articulate how their identity impacts their experiences with others
  • Respond to people who have different identities with empathy, respect, understanding and connection
  • Analyze how power and privilege create bias as well as institutional and systemic oppression
  • Identify key people and movements that have led to greater equity among people
  • Recognize one’s own responsibility to speak out against exclusion, prejudice and injustice
  • Practice collective action to bring about greater Inclusion and equity
Program Description
  • Students will take a fall course that provides an introduction to social justice concepts and to issues such as racial justice, gender equity, immigration and citizenship, LGBTQ+ rights, rights for people with disabilities, housing security, economic justice and issues of policing and mass incarceration
  • Students will take a spring course that includes leadership training and projects that provide hands-on experience with creating social change
  • Course instruction will be supplemented by a monthly campus event or outing related to social justice, such as a museum exhibit or theatre performance
  • Students will meet at least three times per semester with the program coordinator to receive support for academic and personal challenges
Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Social Justice Leadership Program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an admitted first-time freshman or transfer student in an NEIU degree program
  • Maintain a full-time course load of at least 12 credits per semester
  • Enroll in one or two social justice-related courses for both fall and spring semesters, as advised
  • Meet individually with the SJLP Coordinator three times per semester (beginning, middle and end) to discuss your academic progress, needs for support, and future plans
  • Attend beginning of year orientation and retreat

Program Lead: Dr. Vicki Byard, V-Byard@neiu.edu 

Campus Partners: Additional support for the program is provided by Student Leadership Development faculty teaching social justice-related courses, and community organizations.

Discover Yourself @ NEIU Living Learning Community 

The Discover Yourself @ NEIU Living Learning Community is a leadership development program designed for first-time, full-time freshmen aspiring to be student leaders. Over the course of the year you will have the opportunity to meet influential university leaders, develop personal leadership skills, and create a network of colleagues. You do not need a background in leadership to be a part of this LLC.  

By joining, you will discover your passions, strengths, leadership potential, career goals, and how NEIU can support you during your first year of college and beyond. More importantly, you will discover yourself at NEIU.

The Discover Yourself @ NEIU Living Learning Community is cultivated through an on-going partnership with Student Leadership Development. Students selected will receive a housing scholarship to live in The Nest, our on-campus residence hall. This program is also open to a limited number of commuter students.

Learning Outcomes

Participating fully in the Discover Yourself @ NEIU Living Learning Community, you will be able to:

  • Identify your values and passions
  • Articulate your strengths, and learn how to use them in class and with peers
  • Discover how to connect your passions and strengths to potential majors and career paths
  • Develop leadership skills and apply them within student organization, service work or other areas in the NEIU community
  • Learn about campus resources and be able to direct peers to them
Requirements

The program requires participation in each of the activities listed:

  • Attend beginning of the year orientation and retreat
  • Attend 8 week non-credit class in the fall
  • Attend monthly workshop
  • Attend monthly check ins with SLD staff
  • Participate in at least one service event a semester
  • Join at least one student organization
  • Complete assessments and personal reflections throughout the year
  • Maintain a full-time course load of at least 12 credits per semester
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA

Program Lead: Veronica Rodriguez, v-rodriguez9@neiu.edu

Campus Partners: Career Development, Learning Success Center, Alumni Relations, Campus Recreation, Health and Wellness, Counseling Center 

Future Teachers Living Learning Community

The Future Teachers Living Learning Community is designed for NEIU students admitted to the Goodwin College of Education (GCOE) and those preparing to become teachers. Over the course of the year, you will have the opportunity to interact and learn from other teacher candidates in a community environment. You also will have opportunities to participate in school-based service projects, engage in professional development activities, and meet Goodwin College of Education faculty and Chicago area teachers and school administrators. This program is pre-service teachers who are juniors and seniors.

By joining the Future Teachers Living Community, you will develop a network of peer educators, GCOE faculty and Pk-12 teacher mentors, and Chicago area school administrators. You will enhance your teaching skills and knowledge of the teaching profession and Pk-12 schools.

Students selected for the Future Teachers Living Learning Community will receive a housing scholarship to live in the NEST, the NEIU on-campus residence hall.

Learning Outcomes

Students who participate fully in the Future Teachers Living Learning Community will be able to:

  • Identify their strengths as a teacher and how best to use their strengths to further children and youth’s academic and socioemotional learning.
  • Enhance their understanding of the challenges of today’s teaching profession and schools and how to effectively meet these challenges.
  • Better understand community organizations in the Chicago area and the important role they play in supporting students and their families and advocating for improved schooling.
  • Gain knowledge of how to obtain their first full-time teaching position.
Requirements

The Community requires participation in each of the activities listed:

  • Beginning of the year LLC orientation.
  • A school-based service project (for example, science fair judge, tutoring, History Day judging, etc.).
  • Attend biweekly or monthly professional development events.
  • Attend pre-service teacher community building activities throughout the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.
  • Meet a minimum of two times a semester with the program coordinators to receive support for academic and professional challenges.
  • Complete written reflections throughout the course of the year.

Program Lead: Cate Wycoff at c-wycoff@neiu.edu

Partners: GCOE faculty, instructors, and administrators; Chicago area teachers and school administrators; Chicago area community organizations. 

Honors Living Learning Community

The Honors LLC helps Honors students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful while at NEIU as members of the University Honors Program . This LLC is for UHP students who are interested in being part of a diverse, dynamic, collaborative, and tight-knit social and intellectual community, living with peers engaged in rigorous academic pursuits across a range of disciplines while engaging in social, educational, and co-curricular events designed to promote intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, interdisciplinarity, and student success. The Honors LLC is open to all UHP students. Interested high school, community college, or current NEIU students who are not in the UHP must apply and be admitted in order to participate in the Honors LLC.

Students selected for the Honors LLC will be awarded a Housing Scholarship applied toward living in The Nest, NEIU's on-campus residence hall.

Learning Outcomes and Goals
  • Support Honors students in their transition to NEIU
  • Encourage a sense of belonging to the Honors LLC community
  • Understand the resources available at NEIU and how to access them
  • Provide a community living experience that supports students’ academic success and interests
  • Identify what students may want to do while at NEIU and after graduation
  • Promote the integration of learning across courses and involve students with bigger questions that matter beyond the classroom
Requirements
  • Attend beginning of year orientation
  • Enroll in 1-credit course in the fall that focuses on preparing students for academic and personal success at NEIU. Students who have taken this class in a prior year will attend to share their experience with new students as informal peer mentors.
  • Attend Honors LLC retreat at start of semester 
  • Complete weekly or monthly reflections 
  • Attend one workshop a month (out of 3 possible per month)
  • Attend one semester outing (out of 2 possible per semester) 
  • Academic Decathlon volunteer (Spring Semester) 
  • Volunteer for one additional event at NEIU or in the community
  • Attend social events when possible
  • Maintain good academic standing in the University Honors Program

Program Lead: Jon Hageman J-Hageman@neiu.edu

Campus Partners: McNair Scholars Program, MARC U-STAR Program, Student Center for Science Engagement, Student Health Center, Career Development, Learning Success Center/Center for Academic Writing 4, Counseling Center, Campus Recreation, Financial Aid/Scholarships Office, Honors Advisory Board and Honors Teaching Faculty, Alumni Office

STEM Living Learning Community

The Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Living Learning Community (LLC) is designed for NEIU undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers related to Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics. Over the course of the year, you will have the opportunity to interact and learn from other students in a community environment. You also will have opportunities to participate in school-based service projects, engage in professional development activities, and meet successful professionals in academia, government and/or industry. This program is for students who are freshman, sophomores, juniors and/or seniors.

By joining the STEM LLC, you will develop a network of peer leaders and mentors. You will enhance your skills and knowledge in STEM fields and learn about different scholarships, career opportunities and internships across the country and in the world.

Students selected for the STEM LLC will receive a housing scholarship to live in the NEST, the NEIU on-campus residence hall.

Learning Outcomes

Students who participate fully in the STEM LLC will be able to:

  • Identify their academic and professional strengths and how best to use their strengths to further their career.
  • Enhance their understanding of the challenges of today’s STEM professions and how to effectively meet these challenges.
  • Partner with students who have similar interests and create a support and community network.
  • Gain knowledge of how to obtain paid internships and experiences to enhance their resumes.
Requirements

The Community requires participation in each of the activities listed:

  • Beginning of the year LLC orientation.
  • Community outreach events 
  • Attend biweekly or monthly professional development events such as major/career exploration events and guest seminar speakers.
  • Register for the STEM LLC course
  • Meet a minimum of two times a semester with the program leads to receive support for academic and professional challenges.

Program Leads: Emina A. Stojković, Bernard J. Brommel Professor in the Department of Biology and NIH MARC program co-director (e-stojkovic@neiu.edu), Cindy Voisine, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology (c-voisine@neiu.edu) and Dr. Ken Voglesonger (k-voglesonger@neiu.edu), Associate Professor and Director of the Student Center for Science Engagement (SCSE). 

Partners: College of Arts and Sciences faculty, instructors, and administrators; NIH-Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholarship program; Student Center for Science Engagement (SCSE)

CASEP Leadership Living Learning Community 

The CASEP Leadership Living Learning Community (CLLLC) is open to incoming first year students, current CASEP cohort students, and CASEP alumni planning on a career in teaching. The goal of the CASEP Leadership LLC is to offer additional leadership opportunities for CASEP students who desire to live on campus with a cohort of like-minded students. Selected students will be enrolled in, or have taken, cohort classes, take part in monthly success seminars, and participate in an annual teacher leadership retreat. Students will also attend a mandatory orientation, and agree to participate in check-in meetings throughout the academic year. Students will demonstrate a desire in determining if teaching is the right career choice as they matriculate through university toward graduation from NEIU.

Students expressing an interest in the on-campus housing initiative will complete an application, and participate in an interview session with the selection committee prior to the Fall semester. To receive and remain eligible for the award students must:

  • Be admitted to NEIU currently majoring in, or planning to pursue, a degree in education
  • Have a FAFSA (or RISE Act State Alternative Application) on file with NEIU
  • Maintain a full-time course load of at least 12 credits per semester
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Be enrolled in (or have taken) CASEP cohort classes both fall and spring semesters
  • Meet regularly with a program-designated academic advisor
  • Attend beginning of year orientation and retreat
  • Returning award recipients may be eligible for additional support in subsequent years, subject to availability of space and funds.

Program Lead: Jeremy Babcock j-babcock@neiu.edu