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Cultural Exploration & Diversity Learning Communities

Exploring different cultures, learning about different people and their experiences, and increasing your own understanding of the diversity within the world is vital.  If you are interested in exploring diversity and culture as well as exploring your own identities, then one of these learning communities listed below may be of interest to you.

Please visit our Cultural Exploration & Diversity learning community partners, for additional information about programs they offer: LGBT Resource Center; Native Student Program; Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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, learning community students in collaboration with the Native Student Program 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.
  • Location: Haven Hall on the 7th floor for the 2019-2020 academic year.

LGBTQ+ Learning Community

The LGBTQ+ Learning Community is open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, asexual and ally students. Students participating in this 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 and are encouraged to attend LGBT Resource Center discussion groups: Embody and Fusion.  Embody is a closed* discussion group for trans and gender-nonconforming students and Fusion is a closed* discussion group for students who identify as people of color and as LGBTQA+.  (*Please note closed groups are for folks who identify in that community.)

Students in the LGBTQ+ 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.

  • Open to first-year and sophomore undergraduate SU students.
  • Students are encouraged to attend Embody and Fusion 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 4th floor for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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.

Multicultural Living-Learning Community

The Multicultural Living-Learning Community (MLLC) is a learning community at Syracuse University that promotes positive citizenship and social justice through its emphasis on critical multicultural education, self-awareness, cross-cultural dialogue, and community activism/engagement. The MLLC serves diverse student populations who build community together. Students participate in co-curricular experiences that raise awareness about various systemic marginalization, including: ageism, marginalized genders and sexualities, religious oppression, ableism, classism, and the impact of race and racism on individual identities. In addition, students develop cross-cultural communication skills, and examine various forms of social inequalities. The MLLC is a collaborative initiative among the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Residence Life, and the School of Education.
  • Open to first-year undergraduate SU students.
  • Students register for CAS 300: Multicultural Seminar (3 credits).
  • Students will attend six discussions/activities provided by the LC around topics such as diversity and inclusion.
  • Students in the MLLC will also:
  • Attend MLLC community building events (Welcome Event, LC Palooza and an Opening Activity).
  • Participate in OMA sponsored programs (3 events each semester, fall and spring).
  • Students will attend a day long Multicultural Initiative to be completed in their first semester in the LC.
  • Location: Lawrinson Hall on the 5th floor for the 2019-2020 academic year.