Living Learning Communities

A Living Learning Community (LLC) is a group of people who traditionally live on the same residence hall and share a similar academic or personal interest. LLC’s at UNC Asheville offer students the opportunity to engage in an intentional community experience with like-minded individuals. Students involved in LLC’s will have the chance to live, study, and participate in programming that is specifically based on their joint interests. Additionally, all participants of an LLC will share in a curricular connection with their hall mates, which may include, but is not limited to, a joint class or workshop series.

Research shows that students who participate in LLC’s tend to have higher rates of student involvement outside of the classroom, increased academic achievement, increased academic and social support networks, and higher rates of retention.

How To Apply to an LLC

You can apply to an LLC via your housing application. The housing application can be found through Oneport in the Housing Portal, and will be available for new students on February 1st.  If you're having difficulty or have questions about the application, please contact us at reslife@unca.edu or 828-251-6700.

Have questions about LLCs?

Contact our office at reslife@unca.edu.

Gen 1 LLC

  • Serves: First Year 
  • Location: Founders Hall 3rd Floor
  • Joint Class: none
  • Requirements: Must participate in monthly hall events and attend 75% of the Wander to Ponder events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Dylan Lawing, Area Director of Founders Hall and The Woods, at dlawing@unca.edu

The Gen 1 Living-Learning Community is a residential community designed for new first-generation college students, being students whose parents have not received a 4 year degree, and traditional first year students who feel that they may benefit from intentional college preparedness programming. Gen 1 aims to ease the transition into college by providing a structured living community and resources to promote a student's success at UNC Asheville. The community fosters social interaction and peer connection through shared experiences. Support comes in the form of study sessions and tutoring in the residence hall as well as educational workshops facilitated by faculty and staff members, and prioritized placement for campus employment (if desired).

What Will I Get Out of Living in this Community?

Academic Support:

  • Workshops facilitated by faculty and staff on a variety of topics (study abroad, internship opportunities, financial aid etc.).
  • Organized study sessions focused on common first year classes and located in the students residence hall.
  • Common exam review sessions located in the residence hall.
  • Dinner with faculty members.
  • Frequent monitoring of student academic performance.
  • Participation in service learning activities.

Social Support

  • Social outings to assist students in exploring campus opportunities.
  • Additional evening and overnight quiet hours to maximize study time.
  • Live-in peer mentors to provide support after hours.

Land of Sky LLC

Students participating in the Gen 1 LLC will live in Founders Hall.

 

The Cloud - Computer Science & Atmospheric Science LLC

  • Serves: First year & Upperclassman students
  • Location: Ponder Hall 4th Floor
  • Joint Class: FYS 178 - for first-year participants
  • Requirements:
    • Must be a declared or Intended to major in Atmospheric or Computer Science
    • Must participate in monthly hall events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Anna Claire Dodd, Area Director of Ponder and The Ridges, at adodd@unca.edu.

The Cloud LLC is open to Atmospheric Science and Computer Science majors, and offers first-year and upperclassman participants extra-curricular opportunities to develop collaborative and technical skills. Since all members of this LLC are studying in the Atmospheric or Computer Sciences, they share common requirements. This LLC will provide support for these common requirements, as well as additional extracurricular opportunities and programs related to the communities shared interests.

The Cloud LLC

Students participating in The Cloud LLC will live in Ponder Hall and will share in a number of Curricular Connections opportunities, including related workshops for all members.

The Engineering Living Learning Community (ELLC)

  • Serves: First year & Upperclassman students
  • Location: Ponder Hall 3rd Floor
  • Joint Class: Engineering 101 (E101) for first-year participants
  • Requirements:
    • Must be a declared or Intended to major in Engineering
    • Must participation in monthly hall events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Anna Claire Dodd, Area Director for Ponder and The Ridges, at adodd@unca.edu.

UNC Asheville’s ELLC is a community that houses prospective and established engineering students at UNC Asheville. The ELLC will allow Engineering students to:

  • participate in professional development opportunities
  • practically engage in a technical skill development
  • gain a greater understanding of how diversity and inclusion is valued in the field
  • develop study groups and support networks in-hall

ELLC

The community is located in Ponder Hall and offers skills labs, field trips, in-hall tutoring, workshop and social programming.

LEAD – Community Engagement and Social Responsibility LLC

  • Serves: First year students
  • Location: West Ridge Hall 3rd Floor
  • Requirements:
    • Must participate in monthly hall events
    • Enroll in ESI 101 course ("Intro in Ethics and Social Institutions")

For questions about this LLC, please contact Anna Claire Dodd, Area Director for Ponder and The Ridges, at adodd@unca.edu.

The LEAD LLC is a residential community for students interested in learning about social issues and their impact on society, as well as exploring their personal responsibility in identifying and addressing social injustices in the world.

Students participating in this LLC will:

  1. Engage in identity exploration that encourages continual self-awareness
  2. Work collaboratively to develop and cultivate their leadership style and skills
  3. Learn multiple strategies for promoting social change using the Social Change Wheel framework in a caring and inclusive community.

 

Students participating in the LEAD LLC will live in West Ridge Hall and will be exposed to a variety of leadership and community engagement opportunities with their hall, including:

  • leadership workshops,
  • visits to historical and educational locations off-campus,
  • attending or presenting at conferences (i.e. annual Leadership Conference, Queer Studies conference),
  • volunteering on campus and in the Asheville community

T.L.C. – Transfer Living Community

  • Serves: First year UNCA transfer students
  • Location: Gardner Hall
  • Requirements:
    • Must participate in monthly hall events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Madison Merrifield, Area Director for Governors Hall and Governors Village, at mmerrifi@unca.edu.

Transfer Living Community (TLC): The perspective of the transfer student is one worth highlighting. As such, The Transfer Learning Community (TLC) is comprised of transfer students who are in their first year of studies at UNC Asheville. Using the Eight Dimensions of Wellness and the UNC Asheville Values, TLC residents will learn how to lean into their time on campus, further their personal development, and create community.

By the end of their time in TLC, residents will be able to:

 

  • Define the Eight Dimensions of Wellness;
  • Identify how UNC Asheville’s values affect the on-campus experience; &
  • Develop a plan of engagement for the remainder of their time at UNC Asheville.

TLC LLC

Students participating in the T.L.C. will live in Gardner Hall.

Bridge LLC

Due to COVID-19, The Bridge LLC will not be available for 2020-2021.

  • Serves: All students* interested in gaining intercultural competence about indigenous peoples (from Western NC to Africa to the Pacific Islands) and global cultural development.
  • Location: Scott Hall
  • Requirements:
    • Must participate in monthly hall programs (including some off-campus trips).   

For questions about this LLC, please contact Madison Merrifield, Area Director for Governors Hall and Governors Village, at mmerrifi@unca.edu.

Through the context of global indigeneity, a term to describe the commonalities and cultures of inidigenous groups around the world, the Bridge Living Learning Community (LLC) will explore how today's world connects--bridges--to the original cultures of its lands. Bridge (formerly named Wanderlust) LLC residents will aim to know and appreciate various indigenous cultures of the world in efforts to live with intention today. Bridge LLC residents will participate in unique initiatives to be able to:

  • Define the terms cultural competence, cultural appropriation, and cultural humility;
  • Identify ways indigenous people and land have shaped cultures and cities throughout history; &
  • Analyze the intersection of people and places, especially in relation to culture migration.

 

 

Students participating in the Bridge LLC will live in Scott Hall.

*Governors Village is not available to new, first time freshmen, unless the student has been approved to participate in the Bridge LLC. Freshmen who decide to withdraw from the LLC or from the mandatory class will be required to move to another residence hall.

UNC Athens to Rome LLC

  • Serves: First Year & Upperclassmen students
  • Location: Founders Hall 2nd Floor
  • Joint Class Associated with LLC: Latin 1 
  • Requirements:
    • Must participate in monthly hall events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Dylan Lawing, Area Director of Founders Hall and The Woods, at dlawing@unca.edu.

This community is for any student who loves Greek or Roman culture, mythology, history, art or archaeology. Consider this LLC if you loved "Troy" or "Percy Jackson", if you want to learn more about the Latin of Harry Potter, study ancient languages or archaeology. Plan to study abroad in Italy or Greece? You can live with people who share your passion.  Activities may include dinners Greco-Roman style, movies, discussion of archaeology and of modern Greek and Italian culture. Participants may also benefit from study groups for Latin and Greek languages and other culture and art classes. Residents will take Latin 1 together.

UNC Athens to Rome LLC

Students participating in the UNC Athens to Rome LLC will live in Founders Hall.

THRIVE: First-year Transition LLC

  • Serves: First year students
  • Location: South Ridge Hall 3rd Floor
  • Requirements:
    • Must participate in monthly hall events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Anna Claire Dodd, Area Director for Ponder and The Ridges, at adodd@unca.edu.

The THRIVE LLC is a residential community for first-year students looking for a socially supportive environment to help in a healthy and successful transition to college life at UNC Asheville.

 

Students in this LLC will:

  1. Think deeply about their reasons for attending college in order to visualize accomplishments at UNC Asheville and beyond.
  2. Set goals and identify campus resources in order to achieve those accomplishments.
  3. Learn strategies to promote holistic wellbeing based on the 8 Dimensions of Wellness that will help them thrive through their first-year experience.

Students participating in the THRIVE LLC will live in a designated hall within South Ridge Hall, and will be exposed to a variety of academic and social opportunities that will help them form meaningful connections to the campus community, including:

  • strengths identification and personality inventories
  • goal setting workshops
  • time management and study skills sessions
  • group activities and programs to enhance skills in resilience and stress management and more in partnership with multiple offices and departments on campus

SANKOFA LLC

  • Serves: First-year students of color and students looking to engage, explore, and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Location: Mills Hall 3rd floor B side
  • Joint Class Associated with LLC: AFST 174, Thinking From the Margins
  • Requirements: Class enrollment, active participation in programming sponsored by Residential Education, Interdisciplinary and Africana Studies Department, and Office of Multicultural Affairs, etc.

For questions about this LLC, please contact Resharia Keller, Community Director for Mills Hall, at rkeller@unca.edu.

 

SANKOFA is an Akan term that means "to return, to go back and get it, to seek." It is the idea that in our past we find the power and strength to create a brighter future, and how we need our past to give us context on how to move forward.

The SANKOFA Living Learning Community at UNC Asheville is an interdisciplinary and co-curricular program for first-year students of color and students looking to engage, explore, and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through required enrollment in AFST 178: Thinking From the Margins, students will develop global and cultural perspectives, and examine structural inequalities and social engagement as they relate to the student experience.

Students will develop a deeper understanding of respect for difference and community building through participation in the following programs:

SANKOFA is not a living learning community for those looking:

  • For a Eurocentric perspective
  • To use this as a space for cultural tourism
  • To be "allies"
  • To observe and not participate

Living and learning in the SANKOFA community requires that students welcome the invitation to learn, embrace, and be open to a new way of seeing the world. It is a place where students can connect with others comfortably and become the best version of themselves, building on historical experiences and perspectives relevant to their true identities.