Living Learning Communities

Applications still being accepted for Hamsini Living Learning Community 2022-2023 – submit your application and learn more about the community below. Students in Hamsini will be living in House 5 for Academic Year 2022-2023.

What is a Living Learning Community?

Living Learning Communities (LLC)  are specialized living environments that connect students inside- and outside-the-classroom experiences on an agreed upon topic of their choice. The Living Learning Community is experienced through programs and activities planned by the participants of the LLC in collaboration with their Faculty Advisors and Staff Advisors. This experience is Residential Life’s opportunity to continue to provide intentional support and programming more tailored to the student and their interest.

Eligibility for living learning communities

    • Students participating in the Living Learning Community process must be continuing students (i.e. rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors). 
    • Must complete the Housing Application by the deadline.

Living Learning Communities Overview

Expectations/programmatic requirements

      • Attend and participate in a start of semester retreat (typically one day)
      • Participate in monthly LLC programs or activities 
      • Contribute to or attend ~3 programs a semester (outside of monthly programs) 
      • Contribute to and participate in other LLC programmatic ideas as developed by LLC community 

What is an Established LLC?

    • Established LLCs are ones that have sustained and grown student interest over time. LLC members exercise their creativity and agency, while working collaboratively with faculty and staff, to explore topics related to the themes of the Established LLC. 

What is a Design Your Own LLC?

    • The Design Your Own Living Learning Community programs goal is to provide students with an opportunity to work together to create a community based on a common interest and theme. Students are placed in locations identified by Residential Life based on the goals of their shared DYO that encourages and fosters community while supporting individual and collective growth.

Benefits of Living Learning Communities

    • Developing your leadership by working with your peers to form an intentional living and learning community 
    • Establish or deepen relationships with students who share similar interests and passions
    • Expand campus support network of faculty, staff, and students involved in LLC 

Available Living Learning Communities:

About Hamsini: 

The Hamsini Living Learning Community, originated as a student-led initiative, is a community designed to enhance the college experience for students who are a part of or interested in exploring matters related to the African Diaspora and being Black at Washington University in St. Louis. Hamsini is supported by a live-in resident advisor, faculty members, and student affairs advisors for residents’ social and academic interests and needs. This LLC offers residents academic and alumni connections, programs, community and civic engagement, and programs that engage residents of all backgrounds to cultivate a broader understanding of the social issues that affect the experience of the African Diaspora and being black at WashU.

*** Students in Hamsini will be living in House 5 for Academic Year 2022-2023.

View pictures of House 5.

House 5 includes double and single rooms with shared bathrooms on each floor.

Apply to live in the Hamsini Living Learning Community 2022-2023

Hamsini History

In 1968, the Association of Black Collegians at Washington University led a series of actions to improve the experience of Black students on campus. Their requests included demands for dedicated space for Black students on campus and assistance related to campus housing.  In spring 2018 this group of Washington University alumni received the Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s Trailblazers award for their collective advocacy on behalf of Black students so many decades ago. Also in 2018, the Division of Student Affairs partnered with students to create a new LLC beginning fall 2018.  In recognition of the vision set forth 50 years ago by the Association of Black Collegians, this LLC was named Hamsini, which means “50” in Swahili.


About Sakeenah: 

The Sakeenah Living Learning Community, originated as a student-led community and is a community designed to engage students around the Muslim-American experience, with an emphasis on communal, personal, spiritual, and individual growth at Washington University in St. Louis. The Sakeenah name represents calmness, quietness, tranquility, and peace where you live in the Arabic language.

*** Sakeenah is temporarily allocated for Lopata House.

Meet Sakeenah (video)

Sakeenah History

Sakeenah’s story begins in premodern Arabia, immersed in the oppressive heat of the Arabian Desert. The Bedoiun nomads of this harsh and unforgiving environment survived on discovering rare oases, pockets of life in an otherwise uninhabitable domain. In these sanctuaries, they experienced a deep sense of contentment, security, and safety, which they described as “sakeenah”, denoting tranquility in their native Arabic. 

In the Fall of 2016, amidst our arrival to WashU, we found Muslim students in a similar desert of Islamic spirituality. Students had come from diverse backgrounds seeking a home at WashU and in the city of St. Louis. However, there were struggles to find an islamic community on campus or friends who shared similar values. Sakeenah, then informal, did its best to fill this spiritual void with daily communal prayers, casual get-togethers, and the like. But more was desired. To fulfill the desired requests and with the support of Professor Younassee, we decided to create a Living Learning Community centered around the Muslim-American experience, with an emphasis on communal, personal, spiritual, and individual growth. And thus, Sakeenah was formed as a LLC in Fall of 2019.

***written by founders of Sakeenah LLC 


About Women in STEM: 

The Women in STEM Living Learning Community at Washington University offers a supportive and engaging living space for students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, and math as well as connections with faculty through community dinners, events, and educational opportunities. To create an encouraging environment surrounded by students who understand the rigors of a STEM program, students selected for this community will be placed together in a location identified by Residential Life.

Students should demonstrate an interest in one of the following STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, or math. While it is not necessary to have a major in one of those fields, each member must have a demonstrated interest in one of the identified fields.

*** Women in STEM is tentatively allocated for Millbrook

Meet Women in STEM (video)


About Design Your Own: 

The Design Your Own Living Learning Community programs goal is to provide students with an opportunity to work together to create a community based on a common interest and theme. Students are placed in locations identified by Residential Life based on the goals of their shared DYO that encourages and fosters community while supporting individual and collective growth.

*** Design Your Own LLCs are temporarily allocated for Lopata, Millbrook, and The Lofts.

 

 

How to Design Your Own LLC

Students can form DYO LLCs based on shared interests or themes. For example, you can create an LLC around an academic or personal interest (health and wellness, pre-med, etc.). Each created community should be designed to encourage collaboration and community while creating environments that allow students to grow intellectually and engage socially at WashU.


How to Apply to a Living Learning Community:

LLC Applications have closed for this year. If you have questions, please reach out to stephanie.weiskopf@wustl.edu.

  • Applications Opens: Monday, January 31st, 2022
    • Established (Hamsini, Sakeenah, Women in STEM) 
      • Individual students will apply by reflecting on the mission/vision of the LLC and how they plan to contribute. 
      • Students must also complete the Housing Application. 
    • Design Your Own 
      • One student (agent) will submit an application on behalf of all students interested in a LLC. 
      • Application will include uploading a LLC program proposal PowerPoint (to be reviewed in the interview) and an excel with member information including name, WUSTL email, and student ID number. 
      • Students must also complete the Housing Application. 
  • Application Closes: Tuesday, February 15th, 2021, 8:00 a.m.

Interviewing for a Living Learning Community:

As part of the application, you will sign up for a 30 minute virtual interview on February 17th or 18th. 

  • Established – 1 interview per student
  • DYO – 2 interviews – 1 with Agent, 1 with all members 

To be the most successful in your LLC Application Process:

  • Review all material provided here on the website thoroughly for more information. 
  • Complete the Residential Life Housing Application. (Required)
  • Attend your interview on your assigned date and time. 
  • Pay attention to your email and deadlines.  
  • Watch recording of February 7th Info Session 

Get in touch with the Living Learning Community Committee:

  • If you have any questions about the LLC Application process that were not answered in the information provided, please email stephanie.weiskopf@wustl.edu.

Primary Contacts

Stephanie WeiskopfStephanie Weiskopf

Interim Associate Director of Residential Faculty Engagement

(314) 935-9255

Contact Stephanie by email