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1 This just isn’t working… What to do when your Living Learning Community structure is in a rut Presented by: Chelsea Sims– Lehigh University Lauren Petrillo– Lehigh University

2 UCERC Upper Class Experience Residential Communities –Piloted –Upperclass students given the opportunity to live and learn within themed residential communities –Meant to enhance their overall Lehigh experience –Some of the initial UCERC communities are still with us today in our current structure Guiding Forces

3 UCERC Concerns Program contained a large number of communities, but all seemed to operate somewhat separately and not under one centralized umbrella Many communities seemed to come and go from the program Marketability

4 Brainstorming and Revamping ensues…

5 Live Lehigh Revamped version of UCERC –All student-driven communities –Marketable with logo, consistent community structure and overseen by appointed professional staff Advisors and other stakeholders Processes for communities Guiding Forces

6 Improvements from UCERC to Live Lehigh Mission statement revamp Community Coordinator role description Community coordinator meetings/trainings Gryphon recruitment and selection intentionality Faculty/staff advisor feedback Operating budget for program Marketing materials/events End of year evaluation/assessment National recognition via the Talking Stick

7 Live Lehigh concerns Live Lehigh vs. specialty housing Role/Responsibility confusion –Who do students go to for what? –Who is responsible for what function within the communities? Marketing Application/presentation/placement

8 Brainstorming and Revamping ensues…

9 Live Lehigh 2012-present

10 Learning Outcomes As a result of participating in the Live Lehigh Program, students will be able to: Themed Residential Communities: Create and operate within a meaningful theme and articulated purpose; Demonstrate the promotion of the theme through programs and activities; Develop strong educational connections through the community’s advisor; Develop a strong social connection within the residential community; Enhance the overall residential experience and greater Live Lehigh community. Special Interest Housing: Special interest housing provides students with: Living options that meet a particular student need or interest; Programmatic initiatives planned by the Gryphon with input and feedback from community members; The opportunity to live in a niche interest community with groups ranging in size from 8 students to 160 students.

11 Roles and Responsibilities Faculty/Staff Advisors (Themed Housing Only) Community Coordinators (Themed Housing Only) Assistant Director of Residence Life (Themed Housing & Student Interest Housing) Gryphon(s) (Themed Housing & Student Interest Housing) Community Members (Themed Housing & Student Interest Housing)

12 Application Process For themed housing communities only Themed Housing communities go through a reapplication process each year The process is led by the Community Coordinator Consists of a written component (application) and presentation component focusing on: –Intellectual Development –Community Development –Leadership Development –Live Lehigh Theme Contribution

13 Housing Selection Process Run by the Office of Residential Services Communities notify an Assistant Director of Residential Services of their intent to apply/reapply via Community members then receive an online link to sign up for Live Lehigh communities –Student interest and occupancy are considered during the reapplication process Once Live Lehigh communities are selected for the following year, an online housing selection process takes place for those communities prior to the general housing selection process for all other students. –Live Lehigh communities may determine their own system of how to select housing in their individual communities (i.e. who within their community selects housing first, second, etc.).

14 Best Practices Communication –With faculty/staff advisors –With Gryphons and the Office of Residence Life –With community members Goal Setting and Sharing –Principles of our Equitable Community Programming –Focusing on a Live Lehigh theme Transition –Community Coordinators –Gryphons –Advisors

15 Visions for the Future Plans for Improvements: –Application –Community Guidelines –Increase in Faculty/Staff Advisor participation –Marketing Incorporating our new Student Life Curriculum into the Live Lehigh program

16 Q&A

17 Contact Info Chelsea Sims Lehigh University – Office of Residence Life Lauren Petrillo Lehigh University – Office of Residence Life


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