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Introducing Living-Learning Communities

Professors Del Dickson and Noelle Norton know about getting connected to the campus community. As professors in the Department of Political Science, they both know how important it is to integrate your residential experience with your academic experience. That's why first-year resident Toreros will begin to participate in a new program designed to create a new living experience that combines learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom called Living-Learning Communities.

Starting in the fall of 2011, students will have the option to select one of the following three Living-Learning Community themes: the Honors Program, Sustainability and Social Justice. Currently housed in the Missions B residence hall, new students will be able to interact with faculty and their fellow Toreros both intellectually and socially. Professor Norton notes that understanding what it means to be a part of a university community is not always apparent as a new student, but hopefully, interacting on this new level will bring earlier awareness and understanding.

This new program is more than just a combination of campus life and academic life — it's about community. "We want you to feel like you belong. It's about connecting with fellow Toreros who are like you, but also nothing like you," Norton says.

To find out more about Living-Learning Communities, click here.

"College is a lot more than just going to class. College is becoming part of a community where education goes on both inside and outside of the class." Del Dickson