Living Learning Communities

Salve Regina's living learning communities are designed to integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences through a shared living experience. These communities affirm a strong commitment to experiential learning and developing students who will lead responsible lives. Participants strive to meet the University mission of working for a world that is harmonious, just and merciful.

New Students

Salve Regina is offering three living learning communities for the Class of 2020 during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Sustainability

Focusing on sustainability, this living learning community will learn about key aspects of environmental, social and economic sustainability while simultaneously and collaboratively practicing good stewardship. Participants will enroll in BIO140: Humans and Their Environment, which fulfills both the academic requirement for this living learning community and the natural science requirement for the Core Curriculum.

In addition to shared coursework and living accommodations, students will participate in special film screenings, discussions, field trips to local sustainability initiatives (wind farms, solar panel installation projects, CSA farms, watershed green infrastructure projects, etc.) and service projects with local environmental groups.

Service Learning

Co-sponsored by the Office of Community Service, this living learning community is ideal for students with a passion for community outreach and public service. Participants will develop an awareness of social justice through service opportunities and community-focused coursework. They will also have numerous opportunities to build and refine key leadership skills by organizing events and mentorship. This living learning community will strive to instill passion for service learning among its participants, affiliated faculty and staff, and all members of the Salve Regina community.

Participants will enroll in one of two sections of FYT100: First Year Transitions and UNV101: University Seminar I to fulfill the academic requirement. In addition to completing service hours throughout the year, they will also be assigned to one service project team to take part in the planning and execution of either a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service or Earth Day project.

Mindful Living

Co-sponsored by the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, this living learning community is open to students interested in learning to live life from the inside out. Participants will be encouraged to create a deep connection with and understanding of self, others and the divine. They will be given tools for healthy and holistic living that will be helpful in dealing with the challenges of college and communal living. They will also be introduced to a variety of practices and experiences, including meditation from various traditions, chant and mindfulness.

Open and accessible to students from any or no religious tradition, this supportive community will facilitate and enhance the development of authentic living. Participants will attend two workshops: One focusing on cultivating loving, kindness and compassion during the fall semester, and one focusing on the art of meditation during the spring semester.

Current Students

Salve Regina offers two living learning communities for current students: the Fulbright language house and the multicultural house. Applications are accepted during the spring semester.

Language House

The language house provides residents with a French or Spanish immersion experience while living on campus. This is an excellent opportunity for students to hone their language skills and learn about other cultures, and students of any ability level are welcome to apply.

Fulbright foreign language teaching assistants facilitate the living learning community. Together with their teaching assistants, residents watch movies, participate in language tables, volunteer at Pell Elementary School and make meals, all while speaking the target language.

Multicultural House

The multicultural house provides a unique opportunity for students to live in an inclusive community dedicated to promoting the understanding of difference, celebrating diversity and purposefully sharing unique experiences with the rest of the campus community.

Residents participate in structured, educational discussions and enjoy exclusive programming specifically designed to engage their individual interests. By connecting educational and residential environments, students interact with faculty, staff and other students in a practical learning environment outside of the traditional classroom context.

To complement the experience, participants have the opportunity to enroll in special sections of core courses specially designed for (and limited to) students in the living learning community. Courses focus on issues of institutionalized privilege and oppression and explore how major world religions respond by promoting diversity and tolerance.