Living-Learning Programs


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What are Living-Learning Programs and why should I join?


Joining a Living-Learning Program enables students to have an all-encompassing learning experience. Students can combine experiential learning opportunities with a vibrant residence life experience. Students join Living-Learning Programs in cohorts, and experience courses, service, and co-curricular activities together. The shared experiences of these students help to build a feeling of community and a sense of belonging and purpose at VCU. Students’ peers in a Living-Learning Program will become lifelong friends and help with professional networking as well. Furthermore, living-learning programs enable students, through coursework and co-curricular events, to develop skills and to gain knowledge in the specific theme of the living-learning community.

LLP Spirit Week Events


March
19
LLP Window Painting Party
3 - 5 p.m.
Program Buildings ASPiRE- West Grace South Residence Hall Globe- West Grace North Residence Hall Innovate & LEAD- Grace & Broad Residence Center

Come help deck out your programs building with tons of LLP Spirit! The building with the best spirit (as determined by an impartial panel of judges) will win an ice cream social for their program!

March
20
Rep Your LLP
All Day

Sport your LLP pride and wear your LLP gear!

Mar
21
LLP Breakfast
8:30am-10am
Program Building

Open to current and new LLP students! Head over to your LLPs building and join program staff and other current and incoming students for a drop in breakfast event. Only while supplies last so get there early if you want to be assured a treat! 

March
22
LLP Trivia!
7:30pm - 9:00 p.m.
West Grace North 1030J

Open to current and new students! You and your LLP friends can participate in a fun quiz night program! Be on a team repping your LLP and see who's got what it takes to win! The LLP that wins takes home bragging rights and a giant trophy that will live in the building of the winner until the next event where they'll have the opportunity to defend their win. 

 

March
24
LLP Formal
7 - 10 p.m.
Grace and Broad II, room 1231

Open to current LLP students only. 

You're cordially invited to the Inaugural LLP Formal hosted by the four VCU Living-Learning Programs! The event will take place on Friday, March 24 from 7-10pm. Please RSVP for the formal as soon as possible - only invited guests who RSVP are allowed to attend. Light refreshments will be provided and formal attire is expected. We hope to see you there!

RSVP HERE:http://evite.me/kTh8vCnwn1

 

What is the best part about being part of a Living-Learning Community?


Isaiah Harvin

Isaiah Harvin

Innovate

Joining VCU Innovate was one of the best decisions I have made at VCU. The program has allowed me to personally and professionally develop my brand, my creativity and creative thinking, and problem solving abilities. Innovate offers hands on and non-traditional experiences that allow us to get to know work with others from different disciplines, generate ideas and network with peers and professionals. I really enjoy the fact that we are able to work with local non profits and other companies that all helps to build on our experience.

MarRay Bailey

MarRay Bailey

LEAD

Apply for LEAD because if your desire is to become a leader that fosters the ideals of the University, that allows you to work and live alongside a community of likeminded individuals, and provides opportunities for you to grow and prosper as a leader while also assisting with the city of Richmond as a whole, this is the program for you.

Laila Chaudhry

Laila Chaudhry

GLOBE

The best part about living in a living-learning program is knowing that your roommates, floormates, and hallmates are all interested in the same things as you and have similar ideals. When you are in the elevator or in the common spaces with your neighbors, you know you have something in common with the people around you and it fosters a greater sense of connection and community.

Deja Spratley

Deja Spratley

ASPiRE

The best part of being a part of a living learning program for me is  the strong community and the strong relationships that I can build with not just my community but with the staff. It is really convenient that they are all located right in the building where I live. I feel so close to everyone, and I feel that they are constantly reaching out to us to take on amazing opportunities. They know which opportunity each person might be interested in because they take the time to know us that well! It is more than a family, it is a network of faculty that I can count on when I move on the next few steps in my life.

Sierra Semel

Sierra Semel

INNOVATE

Innovate has been a truly amazing experience for me. It has allowed me to collaborate on a daily basis with students from all different backgrounds, all of whom are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. Additionally, Innovate has provided me with connections, opportunities, and support I never would have had otherwise. I am so grateful to be a part of such a welcoming and supportive community.

Sarah Kilmon

Sarah Kilmon

LEAD

Often times, I don’t think that people spend enough time on self-reflection.  Reflection allows us to grow as individuals and capitalize on the experiences we go through.  LEAD allows you to take the necessary time to think about what defines you.

Alima Wall

Alima Wall

GLOBE

Globe has been a phenomenal experience! It's exposed me to many different cultures and perspectives, it has opened the door to exciting business opportunities that promote cultural competency within the workplace and affords students the opportunity to travel internationally to build on these experiences. Perhaps best of all, the program has forced me to get comfortable with being uncomfortable! To embrace new experiences, perspectives and cultures. In the process, I've grown in ways I couldn't have before imagined and am eager to pay it forward.

Jamie Wood

Jaime Wood

ASPiRE

ASPiRE is a lifestyle. We choose to wake up in the morning and create change. We wake up wanting to make the lives of others better. We wake up wanting to better the world. ASPiRE has been one of the best decisions that I have made at VCU. I have learned more about VCU, Richmond, and myself than I would have if I didn't have ASPiRE.

Olivia Beech

Olivia Beech

GLOBE

What I enjoy most about living in and being active in the Globe program is the fact that I'm surrounded by so many internationally-dynamic elements of culture, which acts a bridge into all kinds of human-to-human experiences. And it all happens in the same place where I live. I enjoy the classes because they provide a foundation for bigger discussions on intellectual topics, and it's wonderful to ultimately be working towards improving an area of my life that requires a global context. Overall, Living Learning Communities almost surround you with options and opportunities, all while giving you the chance to choose what you want to pursue.

Patrick Francois Godette

Patrick Godette

ASPiRE

The best part of being in a living-learning community is that I am able to experience more out of a university and the community we reside in. VCU is a huge campus with lots of organizations you can be wrapped up in due to general body meetings and the occasional events. In a living-learning community, there really isn't a such thing as a general body meeting. We're living WITH those students and learning from each other day-to-day. We can also share our past experiences while also creating new ones with people you wouldn't have normally been able to meet due to your major or just your schedule. It's a very humbling experience to be a part of and I believe that it enriched my time here at VCU, Richmond, and the world!

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GLOBE


LEAD


INNOVATE