Living Learning Communities
The University Of Louisiana At Lafayette provides living and learning communities for those students majoring in Nursing or Engineering and those interested in Visual and Performing Arts, Biology, Intro to Business, Sports and Recreation, Community Service and Leadership, or Honors. This year we are excited to add another community to band: Travel, Language, and Culture Living Learning Community. These communities allow for those students studying in complex and difficult subject matter to live together in an effort to foster more effective study habits, become more cohesive as an academic group, and provide understanding for the difficulties of being involved in similar situations. Ideally the RA for these areas should be enrolled in the same or similar academic major but it is not required.
Living Learning Community (LLC) Resident Assistant:
The LLC Resident Assistant works as part of a residence hall staff in order to create an environment that supports the academic mission and objectives of the living learning community, and provides a positive community experience for residents through programming, positive interactions and engagement.
The LLC Resident Assistant serves as a communication link between the residents of the floor/wing, the Office of Residential Life, the Office of First Year Experience, and the faculty/staff involved in the living communities. The LLC Resident Assistant will work their Area Coordinator and the Office of First-Year Experience in the development of a purposeful academic residential community, and support the additional programming efforts provided by the academic partners in each community.
LLC Job Description:
- The job responsibilities of an LLC Community Assistant are the same as other RA positions, however, some of the objectives have been modified to enhance the LLC missions and goals
- Implement living community programs on residence hall floor
- Member of the living community program development team
- Collaborate with departmental faculty/staff
- Attendance at some living community events not held in residence halls
- Communication with Associate Director of Office of First-Year Experience
- Liaison between living learning community residents and living community program development team
- Ideal candidate would have a strong interest/passion in the major or field of the Living Learning Community
- Meet with living community program development team in the spring to plan fall programs
- Meet periodically during the year with Associate Director of Office of First-Year Experience
- Updates residence hall staff on progress of the living community
- Participates in assessment of the community
- Supports the learning of students participating in the living learning community through promoting an atmosphere conductive to academics and learning.
- Develops relationships with faculty/staff and actively invites them to participate in hall-sponsored activities, including programming opportunities, informal meetings with students, and group meetings. This includes: Attendance at all field trips coordinated by LLC faculty/staff and actively throughout the semester
- Meeting and/or communicating with faculty/staff assigned to the floor at least once a month to discuss what is happening on the floor, how students are doing and upcoming events
- Planning at least two programs to five programs per semester (traditional community development such as movies, pizza, dinners, etc.) with floor members and faculty/staff, as well as one educational program supporting the theme of the LLC.
- Organizes activities and/or programs that meet the academic need of the community by inviting academic offices into the residence halls.
- Serves as a role model for academic success by attending class, studying, utilizing campus academic resources, and establishing relationships with faculty.
- Serves as a liaison between the Office of the First-Year Experience and Residential Life, the faculty/staff involved in the living and learning community.