The Shriver Living Learning Community is UMBC’s first Living Learning Community (LLC), now one of ten LLCs on campus. Members of the Shriver LLC are deeply connected with the Center’s vision to lead meaningful social change through transformational higher education. Shriver LLC 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.
The goals of the Shriver LLC are:
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; and
Research strategies to address social issues on campus at UMBC and the greater community.
- Must be interviewed and selected to join the community by Shriver LLC leadership (returning members who will serve as Peer Mentors and chair various engagement committees)
- 096 Community Service & Learning Practicum, coordinated on behalf of Shriver Center staff. For more info, visit 096 Community Service & Learning Practicum.
- Throughout the year, students participate together in shared academic experiences to exploring community and civic engagement through the lens of Sargent Shriver and local change makers.
- In the fall, all first-year students will take a first-year experience on Wednesdays, 1-2:15pm
- In the spring, all members will take a SOCY 396 class (likely also on Wednesdays) for which the culminating result is a group project to pitch a social change idea.
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.
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