Inclusive Living Learning Communities Available at the UI
University Housing and Dining has created communities in the residence halls to help increase inclusivity and support for underrepresented students at the University of Iowa. Recently, University Housing and Dining established the First Generation and Young, Gifted, and Black Living Learning Communities (LLC).
Approximately 25 percent of first-year students at the UI are first-generation students, and 3 percent of undergraduates identify as black or African American. This additional level of support will provide a necessary community for students who share similar identities.
The First Generation LLC was established as a place to provide community for students who will be the first in their families to earn a four-year degree. It is designed to help build a meaningful support system interlaced with programming and information to increase student success on campus. Though the types of programming vary from year to year, some of the past features have included:
- “Ask an Upperclassman” panel discussion
- Tour of university offices, such as Advising, Financial Aid, and Student Health
- Tutoring and supplemental instruction
- Budgeting workshop
- Financial aid information, including a FAFSA workshop
A key feature of this LLC is the supplemental instruction students receive in courses like the Successful First Generation College Experience and You at Your Best: Using Positive Psychology to Thrive. Both courses are designed to help equip first-generation students with the tools to maximize their own potential and overcome common challenges.
The Young, Gifted, and Black LLC welcomes and is open to all students who seek to strengthen knowledge and empowerment of black students. Students in the community who identify as black have opportunities to connect with peers, staff, and faculty who share a similar racial identity in a supportive community.
Programming for the Young, Gifted, and Black LLC incorporates a variety of information and resources necessary for success at the UI. In combination with the course offered through the African American Studies Program, students will participate in or attend a variety of programming such as:
- A Hawkeye service trip to Detroit, Michigan
- Mental health in the Black community
- Step Afrika!
- Black Student Union talent show
- Visiting the African American History Museum of Iowa
In 2017–2018, University Housing and Dining will launch the All In LLC, which was created in partnership between members of UI queer student organizations, the Trans Inclusivity Task Force, and University Housing and Dining.
The community welcomes and is open to all students who seek to strengthen knowledge and empowerment of LGBTQ+ students. Students in the community who identify as LGBTQ+ will have opportunities to connect with peers, staff, and faculty who share a similar identity in a supportive community. The LLC will be in close proximity to the LGBTQ Resource Center as another way to help foster a sense of community and common space.