Syracuse UniversityLearning Communities


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 the three 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; and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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.

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. 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 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 month in the LC.
  • Location: Lawrinson Hall on the 5th floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.