The Shriver Living Learning Community was 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. Students explore BreakingGround, a campus-wide initiative that supports meaningful change, no matter what role you are in at UMBC. Small groups of SLLC members present their ideas to members of UMBC and broader community with the possibility of applying for a BreakingGround Project Grant.
2013-14 SLLC Members Michael Allen, Jaelyn Bos, and Rosa Rada were awarded a BreakingGround Grant to produce Service Fest. Watch their Video:
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.
“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
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.