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Living/Learning Center

Design your own Living/Learning Program



What is Living/Learning all about?

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Living/Learning Center will be celebrating its 43rd year of providing a residential environment that integrates formal and informal learning experiences with traditional residence hall activities. The Center is currently recruiting students who wish to design educational programs for the 2016-2017 academic year. A program is a yearlong schedule of educational activities focused around a central theme, such as a foreign language, science, health and wellness, diverse cultures, or art. We have reserved space and funds for student-designed programs and encourage you to consider designing your own program. Any full-time undergraduate student may submit a proposal for a student-designed program. We ask that you identify one co-director to assist you with developing your proposal and directing your program.

What kinds of programs are eligible?

Any proposal with learning objectives that are appropriate for UVM support will be considered. Programs may build upon an existing UVM course or may pursue new educational directions for program members and for UVM. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that fit into one of the following themes: Creative and Performing Arts, Diverse Cultures and Languages, General and Professional Interest, Health Professions and Wellness, Liberal Arts and Science, Technology and the Environment. All proposals must have significant academic content. Each program's primary objective must promote the attainment of knowledge as opposed to simply the development of skills; development of skills is not in itself a suitable goal for a Living/Learning program. All program proposals, both faculty- and student-designed, will be reviewed by the Living/Learning Center Program Selection Committee. The Committee is composed of students, faculty, and staff members. Program proposals that best meet the selection criteria established by the Committee will be accepted.

The Center has conducted a survey of students asking them what types of programs they would like to see offered at Living/Learning. A list of the top choices is printed below. Be creative, though! There are many more possibilities!

* Photography
* Sign Language
* Foreign Languages
* Music
* Psychology
* Sexuality
* Film
* Theater
* Health/Fitness
* Environmental Issues
* Creative Writing
* Creative Arts
* Environmental Education
* Pottery
* Journalism
* Women's Issues
* Philosophy
* Astronomy
* Cultural Diversity
* Dance
* Video Production
* Spirituality
* Current Affairs
* Native American Studies
* Emergency Medicine
* Politics
* Leadership Development
* Community Service
* Feminism
* Medieval History
* Science Fiction
* Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Issues
* Greek Drama/Mythology
* Holocaust
* History
* Outdoor Education

Leadership Opportunities

As a student program director, you will develop valuable leadership skills, including leading a group and managing a budget. The Living/Learning Center offers a multitude of training opportunities to program directors, including an optional one-credit leadership seminar. Many L/L program directors also assume other campus leadership roles, including serving as Orientation Leaders, AdvoCats, University Ambassadors, and leadership positions in Student Government.

When to propose

You should begin thinking about your program NOW! A preliminary outline and notice of intent to propose a program, including a brief (1 - 2 paragraph) description of the goals and objectives of the program, should be turned in by Friday, December 11th by 4:00 PM in the Living/Learning Center Director's Office. Final program proposals are due by Thursday, January 21st by 4:00 PM in the Living/Learning Center Director's Office.

Where to get more information

You may visit the L/L Director’s Office (205 Commons, near the Main Desk) or complete an online form to request a Program Proposal Packet. Members of the Director’s Office staff are also happy to meet with you. You can set up an appointment to meet with Associate Director, Dr. Windy Paz-Amor by calling 656-4200 or e-mailing

Students who Intend to Submit an L/L Program Propsal MUST do the Following:

1. Visit the Living/Learning Center Director's Office to pick up an Information Packet and Proposal Guide;

2. Attend one of the following Program Proposal Information Sessions:

Thursday, November 5, 5:30 PM; L/L B-132
Wednesday, November 11, 5:00 PM: L/L A-161
Wednesday, November 18, 5:30 PM: L/L Commons 315






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