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Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities extend your learning by connecting a UNIV 101 to a residence hall. 

Residential Learning Communities

  • Connect a section of UNIV 101 to a set of residence halls with a shared dining facility
  • UNIV 101 course explores the university through a particular theme (sports, leadership, service, well-being, global culture, and creativity)
  • Instructors design learning activities in collaboration with campus museums, performing arts venues, and research centers. Click here to see an example of a previous learning activity.
  • Each learning community includes a peer mentor, a continuing KU student who helps to facilitate course activities and connect new students to resources
  • 2-credit hour experience for incoming freshman students

Residents living in Ellsworth, Hashinger, Lewis, Oswald, Self, Templin and Downs are eligible for the following Learning Communities:

  • Civic Engagement, University & You
  • Creativity, University & You
  • Leadership, University & You
  • Sport, University & You
  • World, University & You

Residents living in Corbin and GSP are eligible for the the following Learning Community:

  • Sustainability, University & You
  • Well-being, University & You 
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, UNIVERSITY, & YOU

Civic Engagement, University & You is a Learning Community focused on service and society, what it means to be service-oriented, and the role of service at KU. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with leadership on and off campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about the varied roles that serving others plays in our lives. 


UNIV 101
Sarah Crawford-Parker, Office of First-Year Experience

The two-credit-hour UNIV 101 or Orientation Seminar course associated with this Learning Community is small, enrolling about 19 students. In addition to addressing issues concerning service, students develop capacities and have learning experiences that will transfer to a variety of campus and life contexts. By becoming a part of the Engagement, University & You community, you will come to know campus better, will more fully understand your individual and team strengths, will practice and develop critical thinking skills, will learn about information literacy and research, and will gain memorable experiences. 

Sarah Crawford-Parker serves as an Assistant Vice-Provost and Director for KU's Office of First-Year Experience. In this role, she oversees programs to challenge and support first-year students and help them to establish a strong foundation for earning a KU degree. Sarah holds a Ph.D in art history from the University of Kansas. She has taught courses in Western and African art history. In 2008 and 2009, she co-directed KU summer study abroad programs in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. She has also taught for the Humanities and Western Civilization semester study aboard program in Florence, Italy and Paris, France. Sarah's campus involvement includes serving as an advisor for KU Alternative Breaks. 

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CREATIVITY, UNIVERSITY, & YOU

Creativity, University & You is a Learning Community focused on thinking about the role of the creative arts in society.  We will focus on the ways in which creative arts allow us to negotiate our relationship with the world and the people around us, as well as the ways they enhance and support our transition to college.  Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with photography on and off campus.  Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about the varied roles that the creative arts play in our lives. 


UNIV 101
Meg Kumin, Marketing Communications

The two-credit-hour UNIV 101 or Orientation Seminar course associated with this Learning Community is small, enrolling about 19 students. In addition to addressing issues concerning photography, students develop capacities and have learning experiences that will transfer to a variety of campus and life contexts. By becoming a part of the Creativity, University & You community, you will come to know campus better, will more fully understand your individual and team strengths, will practice and develop critical thinking skills, will learn about information literacy and research, and will gain memorable experiences. 

Photo of Meg Kumin Meg Kumin is a photographer with KU’s Marketing Communications Office.  She first fell in love with photography at age fifteen, where she spent all of high school behind the camera and under the dim, red light of the darkroom.  As a curious collector of knowledge and experiences, her career path into photography was long and circuitous.  The journey led her all over KU’s campus, where she received both a BA in American Studies and an MS in Computer Science. She later became a software developer at KU’s Natural History Museum.  It wasn’t until after three babies and a couple family crises, that Meg rebooted, and emerged in her early dream of being a professional photographer.  She returned to KU in 2015 to become a university staff photographer, where she delights in documenting Jayhawks and all of their unique adventures.

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LEADERSHIP, UNIVERSITY & YOU

Leadership, University & You is a Learning Community focused on leadership and society, career and leadership development, and the role of leadership at KU. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with leadership on and off campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about the varied roles that leadership plays in our lives.


UNIV 101

Tashay Dennie, Student Involvement and Leadership Center

The two-credit-hour UNIV 101 or Orientation Seminar course associated with this Learning Community is small, enrolling about 19 students. In addition to addressing issues concerning leadership, students develop capacities and have learning experiences that will transfer to a variety of campus and life contexts. By becoming a part of the Leadership, University & You community, you will come to know campus better, will more fully understand your individual and team strengths, will practice and develop critical thinking skills, will learn about information literacy and research, and will gain memorable experiences. 

A Photo fo Tashay Dennie

Tashay Dennie serves as the Assistant Director of Leadership Education. In this position, she is responsible for developing and implementing leadership education programs to the KU student body. Her entrepreneurial and innovative approach to leadership education is what leads her passion for working with students and inspiring them to be leaders in their communities, on campus, and in the world at large. In addition to leadership education, Tashay also has professional experience in residential life & housing and student activities. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Tashay completed her Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education at The University of Missouri – St. Louis, and her Bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship at The University of Illinois Chicago.

As a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Tashay is committed to educating and serving her community through her participation in various community service projects and volunteering with youth organizations.

 
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SPORT, UNIVERSITY & YOU

Sport, University & You is a Learning Community focused on sport and society, sports careers, and the role of sports at KU. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with sports on and off campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about the varied roles that sports play in our lives. 


UNIV 101
Howard Graham, First-Year Experience

The two-credit-hour UNIV 101 or Orientation Seminar course associated with this Learning Community is small, enrolling about 19 students. In addition to addressing issues concerning athletics, students develop capacities and have learning experiences that will transfer to a variety of campus and life contexts. By becoming a part of the Sport, University & You community, you will come to know campus better, will more fully understand your individual and team strengths, will practice and develop critical thinking skills, will learn about information literacy and research, and will gain memorable experiences.

Photo of Howard GrahamSports have always been part of Howard Graham’s identity. At different points in his life he’s been a player, a coach, an academic counselor for KU athletes, and (of course) a fan. Growing up in Cooperstown, New York and living in Lawrence for 12 years—the national homes of baseball and basketball, respectively—have shaped how he sees and thinks about sports. Over the years, Howard’s passion for sports has led him to pursue its study from a variety of disciplines, as well as more recently to name his son after his bowling ball.

 

 

 


UNIV 101
Ally Stanton and Keon Stowers, Alumni Association

Ally Stanton directs student programs for the KU Alumni Association. including advising the Student Alumni Leadership Board. The former KU softball student-athlete also spent time as a graduate assistant for the KU Leads program within KU Athletics where she helped advise the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and facilitated leadership programming retreats. Ally can still be found on the ball diamond, playing slow pitch for the 2016 Lawrence Parks and Rec Co-Ed Lower League Champions.

 


 

Keon Stowers assists with student programs for the KU Alumni Association, including advising the Student Alumni Leadership Board. Keon served as a two-time team captain for KU Football and was featured on Big 12's Champions for Life series. When Keon isn't spending time with his beautiful family, he can be found manning the BBQ pit.

 

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SUSTAINABILITY, UNIVERSITY & YOU

This Residential Learning Community brings together students living in Corbin and GSP, who have an interest in taking a specially designed section of UNIV 101.

Please check back for more information regarding this Learning Community. 

 

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WELL-BEING, UNIVERSITY & YOU

Well-being, University & You is a Learning Community that employs the social ecological model of public health, so that students gain insight into how their own health knowledge and behaviors shape their relationships with others, how those personal practices show up in communities, and explore the connection between the eight dimensions of wellness and academic success. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with wellness on campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about how they can achieve academic success as well as life-long wellness! 


UNIV 101
Jenny McKee, Health Education Resource Office

The two-credit-hour UNIV 101 or Orientation Seminar course associated with this Learning Community is small, enrolling about 19 students. In addition to addressing issues concerning well-being, students develop capacities and have learning experiences that will transfer to a variety of campus and life contexts. By becoming a part of the Well-being, University & You community, you will come to know campus better, will more fully understand your individual and team strengths, will practice and develop critical thinking skills, will learn about information literacy and research, and will gain memorable experiences.

Photo of Jenny McKeeHi! My name is Jenny McKee. I was born and raised here in Kansas and spent the majority of my childhood in a (very) small town in the south-central part of the state. Lawrence became my home in the fall of 2000 when I started my journey at KU; the Health, Sport, and Exercise Science department is where I spent most of my time academically. There I was able to explore my passions for health and wellness and eventually received a B.S.E in Exercise Science and an M.S.Ed in Community Health Education. When I am not on campus I enjoy time spent with my family, watching sports, and exploring Lawrence and the surrounding areas either running or on my bike.

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WORLD, UNIVERSITY & YOU

World, University & You is a Learning Community focused on exploring KU through a global lens. The community provides a platform for meaningful dialogue on global perspectives, global issues, and the various lived experiences that come together at KU to create a diverse community of Jayhawks.  In order to achieve these aims, the course will enroll both domestic students and international students.Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become connected and involved with the larger world beyond KU. 


UNIV 101
Michele Arellano, Office of Study Abroad

The two-credit-hour UNIV 101 or Orientation Seminar course associated with this Learning Community is small, enrolling about 19 students. In addition to addressing KU’s global connections, students develop capacities and have learning experiences that will transfer to a variety of campus and life contexts. By becoming a part of the World, University & You community, you will come to know campus better, will more fully understand your individual and team strengths, will practice and develop critical thinking skills, will learn about information literacy and research, and will gain memorable experiences.

Portrait of Michelle ArellanoMichele Arellano is the Associate Director of Student Services for the Office of Study Abroad and has called Lawrence home for the past 21 years. Her love for advising and assisting students began at the start of her KU journey, working as a work-study student in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and then ventured into the Office of Study Abroad upon completion of her Undergraduate degree. Having received both her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from the University of Kansas, she is a diehard Jayhawk. ROCK CHALK! Michele has a strong passion for international relations and study abroad, and although Michele did not study abroad in the traditional sense in college, she spent most of her youth abroad (12 years), living in the Philippines, Yemen and Indonesia and traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Western Europe. Her most recent travels have taken her to Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Japan, and to visit family in Vietnam.


Katelynn Giraldo is a Student Services Advisor in the KU Academic Accelerator Program for First-Year international students at KU.  Her passion for advising, advocacy for global knowledge, and connecting diverse groups of people began when she moved to England with her family at the age of twelve.  Having previously lived in a small town in central Illinois, the move to a new country sparked Katelynn’s fascination with learning new languages, travelling, and building cultural understanding.  The experience in her adolescence set her on a trajectory to double-major in Spanish and International Marketing at Olivet Nazarene University, study for a semester in Costa Rica, and pursue a career at KU advising international students.  Katelynn is currently completing her Master of Arts in Latin American Studies at KU and is focusing her thesis research on assessing equity content within the urban resilience plans of nine Latin American cities.  She is thrilled to continue her pursuit of global knowledge through her own studies and through conversations in the classroom, with a diverse community of KU students.

Well-being, University & You is a Learning Community that employs the social ecological model of public health, so that students gain insight into how their own health knowledge and behaviors shape their relationships with others, how those personal practices show up in communities, and explore the connection between the eight dimensions of wellness and academic success. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with wellness on campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about how they can achieve academic success as well as life-long wellness! 

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