Syracuse UniversityLearning Communities


Learning Communities Open to Sophomore Participants

The following provide opportunities for you to join a learning community as a sophomore participant.  Whether you are interested in exploring areas of idenity development, living in an alcohol and drug free environment, or enhancing your experience as a STEM major, you are sure to find an learning community that can support you.

Generation Q: An LGBTQ Learning Community

Generation Q: An LGBTQA Learning Community is open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, asexual and ally students. Students participating in the Gen Q Learning Community are encouraged to deepen their understanding of gender, sexuality, and the complexity of LGBTQA identities. Residents will have multiple opportunities to foster their sense of allyship towards queer and trans communities. Additionally, students are encouraged to attend the LGBT Resource Center’s New 2 ’Quse discussion group for students who are new to Syracuse University and identify as members or allies of the LGBTQA community.  New 2 ’Quse meets twice a semester, and the discussion group offers a great opportunity for students to make connections with one another and with the LGBT Resource Center more broadly.  In addition to New 2 ‘Quse, Gen Q students are encouraged to attend LGBT Resource Center discussion groups: Embody, Fusion, and Cross Q.  Embody is a closed* discussion group for trans and gender-nonconforming students, Fusion is a closed* discussion group for students who identify as people of color and as LGBTQA+, and Cross Q is a discussion group for students interested in exploring topics across intersections of LGBTQA+ identity.  (* Please note closed groups are for folks who identify in that community.)

Students in the Generation Q Learning Community will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities throughout the year, including a retreat and other cultural events both within and outside the Syracuse University environment.

Students interested in academic courses that focus on gender and sexuality are encouraged to make connections with faculty involved with the LGBT Studies Program and Minor.

  • Open to first-year and sophomore undergraduate SU students.
  • Students are encouraged to attend New 2 ‘Quse discussion group. New 2 ‘Quse meets twice a semester at the LGBT Resource Center, located at 750 Ostrom Ave (please check the LGBT Resource Center website for specific times/dates).
  • Students are encouraged to attend Embody, Fusion, and Cross Q discussion Groups at the LGBT Resource Center.
  • Students are encouraged to visit and make connections with the LGBT Resource Center and attend events throughout the year.
  • Location: Dellplain Hall on the 6th floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Indigenous Living Learning Community

Students in the Indigenous Living Learning Community have the opportunity to become part of a community that promotes dialogue on contemporary indigenous issues and advances student learning through a faculty-enhanced residential experience. With the University located in the heart of Haudenosaunee country, community members will engage in activities such as fieldtrips to local Native festivals and museums and campus lectures by distinguished Native scholars.
  • Open to all undergraduate SU students.
  • Students register for NAT 105: Introduction to Native American Studies (3 credits) in the fall semester.
  • Students are expected to participate in the Indigeneity Identity Series from the Native Students Program Office in the spring semester.
  • Location: Haven Hall on the 7th floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

LIFE (Living In a Free Environment) Learning Community

LIFE is a housing option for those students looking for a community where neighbors choose not to use alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. LIFE is a lively and active community where residents are encouraged by their peers to participate in and plan both formal and informal social events.  The LIFE floor is highly recommended for students interested in an enjoyable, substance-free undergraduate experience.

  • Open to all undergraduate SU students.
  • Location: Haven Hall on the 5th floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

MORE in STEM Learning Community

The MORE in STEM Community is a housing option for sophomore students in the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines who are looking for a supportive community that is connected to academic and social resources. This community is highly recommended for those students interested in actively engaging with their peers through informal academic and social opportunities related to STEM.
  • Open to sophomore SU students in the STEM disciplines.
  • There is no course requirement for this learning community.
  • Location: Shaw Hall on the Ground and 1st  floors for the 2017-2018 academic year.