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Shriver Living Learning Community

The Shriver Living Learning Community is UMBC’s first Living Learning Community, now one of ten LLCs on campus.   Members of the Shriver Living Learning Community (SLLC) are deeply connected with the Center’s vision to lead meaningful social change through transformational higher education.  SLLC members represent diverse majors and interests, yet are connected through service, leadership, and advocacy.  Peer Mentors (SLLC returners) support a positive transition for new members through relationship-building activities and resource exploration.

Each semester, SLLC members participate in the 096 Community Service & Learning Practicum (for more info, visit 096 Community Service & Learning Practicum). Throughout the year, students participate together in a one-credit course exploring civic engagement through the lens of Sargent Shriver (every other Monday). This class integrates reflection of service and civic engagement opportunities around campus with guest speakers from UMBC and community organizations in and around Baltimore.

The goals of the Shriver LLC are as follows:

  • Strengthen relationship-building across members of a service-minded living-learning community;

  • Increase awareness of a variety of community assets and needs

  • Explore necessary skills to advocate for oneself and others;

  • Promote leadership development of LLC members;

  • Research strategies to address social issues on campus at UMBC and the greater community.


LLC Coordinators bottom row, L-R: Stephen Freeland, INDS; Kate Drabinski, WILL; Laila Shisheneh, Discovery Scholars & INDS; John Fox, Res Life Director; Lori Hardesty, Shriver; top row, L-R: Stephen Bradley, VPA; Jill Randles, Discovery Scholars & INDS; Erica D’Eramo, CWIT Scholars; Lucie Blauvelt, STEM BUILD; Tim Phin, Humanities; Julie Oakes, Honors College; and Marie Deverneil, ILE.
Peer Mentors (L-R) Thomas Southerland, Riva Malick, and Janvi Mahdiwala
L-R, former Shriver LLC Peer Mentor Andrew Simpson (2018-19), current Peer Mentors Maia Parker and Thomas Southerland, and President Freeman Hrabowski




2018-19 Shriver LLC “Mentees of the Month,” from left to right, freshmen Hager Younes for October 2018 and Thomas Southerland for November 2019. Hager and Thomas were nominated by their peers for their dedication to community building and engagement. Congrats to them both!


The benefits of participating in a Living Learning Community: 

  • LLC members were more satisfied with their overall academic experience on campus than students not involved in an LLC.

  • Students were more engaged and involved on campus than students not involved in an LLC.

  • They interacted with more university faculty and staff members than students not involved in an LLC.

  • LLC members had a greater understanding of diversity and multiculturalism than students not involved in an LLC.


In September 2018, freshman Maia Parker, an aspiring teacher and Sherman STEM Teacher Scholar, is using her “teacher voice” in True Grits when hosting a visit by the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s Saturday Leadership Program.



2018-19 Members Zuriel Herran, Hager Younes, and Andrew Simpson attend a parade in which their service site UMB CURE Scholars were featured in the local parade.



Peer Mentor Orientation (August 2018). 2018-19 marks the 5th year of a formalized Peer Mentoring Program.



2018-19 Peer Mentor/Mentee Group gathering in Auguast 2018 (beginning top left) Lauren Pukay, Janvi Madhiwala, Juhi Naik, and Ali Clark




Shriver LLC members and alums at the 2017 Fall Fun Fest, sponsored by the Living Learning Communities Council. Top row, from left to right, Kaitlyn Kylus, Juhi Naik, Ari Cacic, Genevieve Madden, FeiFei Ma, Meheret Gebreegziabher; bottom row, from left to right, Anna Arbach, Lexi Stone, Claire Murphy, Fikir Ejigineh, and Princess Njemanze.



Snow time fun on Erickson Field:   2017-18 members, left to right, Aaron Gambrah, Genevieve Madden, Ari Cacic, Jason Koylass, and David Barry






Team Spirit – 2017-18 Members, left to right, Ari Cacic, Lexi Stone (background), and Ash Chatterjee (foreground)



2017-18 Shriver SOCY 396 Class – team building activity with group members (from left to right) Benjamin Ballah, Princess Njemanze, Meheret Gebreegzaibher, and Shrijana Khanal



2017-18 Suitemates (from left to right) Emily Paul, Sara Chernikoff, Calista Ogburn, and Jenna Williams





Shriver LLC members might explore BreakingGround, a campus-wide initiative that supports meaningful change, no matter what role you are in at UMBC. 2013-14 SLLC Members Michael Allen, Jaelyn Bos, and Rosa Rada were awarded a BreakingGround Grant to produce Service Fest.  Watch their Video:

There is something so special about entering a community where you are surrounded by people who see college not just as a time to study and be social, but who have talents they want to give back to the community and a passion for encouraging success. What united my roommates and I was this passion, and we are still best friends to this day

– Christina Smith,Shriver Floor Member 2011-2012, Class of 2015
Maryland DC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA, College JUMP Coordinator (Journey Upward Mentoring Program), ’15-‘17

In 2000, Sargent Shriver attends “Ribbon Cutting Event” with Dr. Hrabowski and campus Administrators.




Members of the first class of Peer Mentors, soon to graduate are (from left to right): Jaelyn Bos, Michael Allen, Jeremy Matthews, and Ashley Troutman.









2014-15 SLLC members volunteer at Baltimore Community ToolBank during their orientation