Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities

To support Wayne State University's Learning Community Initiative, Housing and Residential Life will enhance resident's experience by supporting residential living-learning communities that are dynamic and focused on shared educational interests. Housing and Residential Life will partner with academic units to develop and sustain these communities, providing the opportunity to further Student Success at Wayne State University.

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at Wayne State University cover a wide range of interests for students and the community. LLCs can be connected to specific academic programs, around a particular issue or interest, or be themed from a broader range of synergistic interests. Some LLCs may involve required classes or majors, while others are open to students interested in a particular lifestyle or topic. Explore below and find the right LLC for you!

Applications for joining an LLC are open now! Coordinators will begin placements into LLCs beginning in March. To ensure review of your application for these communities, please apply for housing by July 9th, 2021.

Why join an LLC?

LLCs are designed to enrich the residential experience for students and connect academic and extracurricular involvement. At no additional cost, students in LLCs enjoy:

  • More interactions with faculty, staff, and other student leaders
  • Closer connections with faculty members
  • Increased sense of community at WSU
  • High satisfaction with their residential experience
  • Greater content knowledge in their LLC topic
  • More opportunities to develop career and lifestyle skills

How to apply for an LLC

Students interested in applying for a Living Learning Community (LLC) should follow these steps:

  1. Explore our options for Living Learning Communities and review the eligibility below
  2. Submit a housing application through the online self-service portal and you will have an opportunity to apply for your selected living learning community.
  3. Select your LLC interest
  4. Answer the questions
  5. Submit your housing application + complete the housing application fee

From there, the LLC Coordinator for the LLC you applied for will review your application and be in contact with you via your Wayne State email account. If you are selected, your LLC Coordinator will make a room selection for you.

Students that are in LLCs do not participate in the self-selection process due to the specificity of where LLCs are. If you apply for an LLC and have questions about your application, please reach out to the LLC Coordinator for the community.

Interested in creating an LLC?

Faculty, staff, and students interested in creating or suggesting a new LLC should reach out to Katie Turner (ge3152@wayne.edu), the Academic Initiatives Coordinator for the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

The process for new LLCs for 2021-2022 has closed, but ideas and planning for 2022-2023 are welcome.

  • Creative Warriors Community

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    The Creative Warriors Living Learning Community (LLC) is a place where you can EXPLORE, ENGAGE, and GROW during your first year as a WSU Creative Warrior in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts!

    EXPLORE – Monthly social, cultural and community service events on campus and throughout the city of Detroit!

    ENGAGE – Meet fellow students in the college, get to know faculty on a new level, and hear from VIPs such as alumni, the Dean, and more!

    GROW – Become an interdisciplinary student by learning from peers and experts in Art, Communication, Dance, Music, and Theatre!

    Eligibility for the Creative Warriors LLC:

    • First-year student to Wayne State for Fall 2021
    • Pursuing a major in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus

    Requirements for joining the Creative Warriors LLC: ·

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select the Creative Warriors Living Learning Community (LLC)
    • Live on the Creative Warriors LLC floor in the Thompson Home
    • Continue to pursue a CFPCA major during the 2021-2022 academic year
    • Follow the Creative Warriors LLC Agreement on the CFPCA LLC application

    If you have any questions about becoming part of the Creative Warriors LLC, please email Erin Wiseman at gl9283@wayne.edu.

  • Global Community

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    The Global Living Learning Community (Global LLC) provides the opportunity for Wayne State University students to live in on-campus housing with other students from diverse cultural backgrounds and various countries. Residents will be able to interact with students from all over the world through programming, conversational partners, and sharing a living common space. This community is a dynamic place for students to enhance their intercultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Global LLC students live in Chatsworth Suites.

    Advantages of joining the Global LLC:

    • Small group mentoring and 1:1 attention from Peer Mentor and RA
    • Specialized programming and activities geared towards the Global LLC
    • Meeting students with similar interests to create a bond and community on campus

    Eligibility for the Global LLC:

    • First-year student to Wayne State for Fall 2021
    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus

    Requirements for joining the Global LLC:

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select Global Living Learning Community
    • Live on the Global LLC floor in Chatsworth Suites
    • Follow the Global LLC agreement in the Global LLC application

    If you have any questions about becoming part of the Global LLC, please email Gabby Strzalkowski at hf5103@wayne.edu

  • Healthy Living

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    The Healthy Living Living Learning Community (Healthy Living LLC) provides the opportunity for Wayne State University students from any major to live in on-campus housing with other students interested in wellness and learning more about how to consider wellness in all aspects of life. The Healthy Living LLC will connect students who share an interest in learning more about wellness in many ways, including by taking KHS 1010 together in the Fall. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Healthy Living LLC will be located in Chatsworth Suites.

    Advantages of joining the Healthy Living LLC:

    • Part of the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program in Chatsworth Suites
    • Special programs, events, and activities geared towards the Healthy Living LLC
    • Access to academic partners across campus who share wellness interests

    Eligibility for the Healthy Living LLC:

    • First-year student to Wayne State for Fall 2021
    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus
    • Interest in learning more about multiple dimensions of wellness

    Requirements for joining the Healthy Living LLC:

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select Healthy Living LLC
    • Live on the Healthy Living LLC floor in Chatsworth Suites
    • Enrollment in KHS 1010 Wellness at Wayne for fall 2021
  • Honors Community

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    The Honors College Living Learning Community (LLC) aims to provide honors students with a unique on-campus living experience. Honors students will actively be engaged with faculty, academic advisors, Honors peer mentors, and other students. Focused interactions will assist Honors students in better navigating their academics as well as other social and cultural aspects of the WSU experience. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Honors LLC will be located in Chatsworth Suites.

    Advantages of joining the Honors LLC:

    • Honors peer mentoring
    • On-site academic advising
    • Increased student/faculty interactions
    • Special workshops from WSU faculty and staff
    • Networking opportunities

    Eligibility for the Honors LLC:

    • Current member of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College
    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus

    Requirements for joining the Honors LLC:

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select Honors Living Learning Community
    • Live on the Honors LLC floor in Chatsworth Suites
    • Continue to pursue Honors during the 2021-2022 academic year
    • Follow the Honors LLC agreement in the Honors LLC application

    If you have any questions about becoming part of the Honors LLC, please email Rachel Pawlowski at fg6313@wayne.edu.

  • Sustainability Living Learning Community

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    The Sustainability Living Learning Community (Sustainability LLC) provides the opportunity for Wayne State University students from any major to live in on-campus housing with other students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in learning how to personally live in a manner that supports ecologically, socially, and economically healthy environments and communities. The Sustainability LLC will connect students who share an interest in learning more about local and global sustainability issues and how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Sustainability LLC will be located in Chatsworth Suites

    Advantages of joining the Sustainability LLC:

    • Integration with a diverse set of students on campus with sustainability interests to create an engaged and active community
    • Special programs, events, and activities geared towards the Sustainability LLC
    • Access to academic partners across campus who share sustainability interests

    Eligibility for the Sustainability LLC:

    • First-year student to Wayne State for Fall 2021
    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus
    • Interest in learning more about sustainability and living a more sustainable lifestyle

    Requirements for joining the Sustainability LLC:

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select Sustainability LLC
    • Live on the Sustainability LLC floor in Chatsworth Suites
    • Enrollment in ESG 1500 Introduction to Environmental Science for fall 2021
    • Complete 10 hours of approved community service per semester
    • Follow the Sustainability LLC agreement in the Sustainability LLC application

    If you have any questions about becoming part of the Sustainability LLC, please send an email to sustainability@wayne.edu.

    • Follow the Healthy Living LLC agreement in the Healthy Living LLC application
  • Warrior Business Community

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    Big university, small community

    Start building your network now as a resident of the Mike Ilitch School of Business Warriors Business Community.

    The Warriors Business Community (WBC) offers an opportunity for a cohort of business students to live, learn and develop professional connections together right here on Wayne State's main campus in the heart of Midtown Detroit. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the WBC will be located in Chatsworth Suites

    The WBC encourages community involvement, supports academic success, and provides a fun atmosphere for students to form lasting relationships with other future professionals, as well as current business leaders throughout metro Detroit.

    Advantages to joining the WBC LLC:

    • Onsite advising and planning
    • Academic and professional workshops
    • Improv training to improve decision-making skills
    • Study groups and tutoring
    • Peer support from upper-level business students
    • Increased student/faculty interaction
    • Service-learning opportunities
    • Friendly competitions and contests
    • Networking events
    • Job shadowing and company tours

    Incentives for fall 2021 first-year students:

    The first 40 Illitch School fall 2021 first-year students to join the WBC LLC will receive:

    • $100 awarded toward tuition and fees at the end of the Fall 2021 semester for meeting the following requirements:
      • Completed a minimum of 12 semester hours during the Fall 2021 semester toward a business major and achieved a minimum 2.25 overall grade point average
      • Attended a minimum of four WBC events
      • Met with an advisor in the Ilitch Business School Career Planning and Placement
    • $100 awarded toward tuition and fees at the end of the Winter 2022 semester for meeting the following requirements:
      • Completed a minimum of 12 semester hours during the Winter 2022 semester toward a business major and achieved a minimum 2.25 overall grade point average
      • Attended a minimum of four WBC events
      • Attended a minimum of one event sponsored by the Ilitch School Career Planning and Placement Office
    • SPECIAL INCENTIVE: Students who earned both the Fall 2021 $100 incentive AND the Winter 2022 $100 incentive AND achieved a minimum overall 3.00 GPA, after both the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 semesters, will receive $250 toward tuition and fees for the Fall 2022 semester.

    **Please note: Institution funds such as the Warrior, Gold, or WSU Promise awards are funded in part by this scholarship offer. If received, this award may replace or reduce these funds or other institutional dollars. In addition, the sum of all aid cannot exceed the financial aid cost of attendance. If you are concerned with how this scholarship may affect your Scholarships and/or Financial Aid, you must contact the Financial Aid office.

    Eligibility for the WBC LLC:

    • Current member of the Warrior Business College
    • First-year student to Wayne State University for Fall 2021
    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus

    Requirements for joining the Warrior Business Community LLC:

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select Warrior Business Community Living Learning Community
    • Live on the Warrior Business Community LLC floor in Chatsworth Suites with a WBC assigned roommate
    • Follow the Warrior Business Community LLC agreement in the Warrior Business Community LLC application

    If you have questions about being part of the WBC LLC, please contact Heather Laskos at am7221@wayne.edu.

  • Warrior VIP

    What is your vision?

    The Wayne State University Warrior Vision and Impact Program (Warrior VIP) is a comprehensive student support program and learning community. In partnership with other learning communities and departments across the University, the Warrior VIP ensures students' successful transition into college, fosters their positive engagement in the university setting, and prepares students to challenge themselves as leaders beyond graduation. Warrior VIP LLC students are part of a community of learners who thrive intellectually and personally while living together in Chatsworth Suites.

    Advantages to joining the Warrior VIP LLC:

    • Pre-college Sessions and the Momentum Summer Experience 
    • Peer Mentors 
    • First-Year Seminar (FYS) 1010: FYS 1010 Learning with the Brain in Mind 
    • VIP Panel Discussion and Speaker Series 
    • Financial Literacy and Education 

    Eligibility for the Warrior VIP LLC:

    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus
    • Must be part of the Warrior Vision and Impact Program

    Requirements for joining the Warrior VIP LLC:

    Making an impact:

    VIP students from the initial 2017 class were retained into their third year at a rate of 80%, compared to 69% for the cohort overall. The retention rate was 82% for VIP students who completed FYS 1010 during their first semester. Black students who took FYS 1010 during their first semester were retained into their third year at a rate of 83%. This is particularly significant as we address educational disparities and work to eliminate our graduation gap. 

    Learn more about the Warrior Vision and Impact Program here.

    If you have any questions about becoming part of the Warrior VIP LLC, please email Kenya Swanson at ae4082@wayne.edu or Dwight McDonald at el7643@wayne.edu.