Living Learning Communities

Finding your niche on a large campus can be challenging. Living Learning Communities (LLC) offer you the benefit of living with others who share your interests or major. When applying for housing, select which LLC you're interested in. The selection committees will then begin placing students into communities. Space is limited and some LLCs have specific requirements for participation. Residents do not need to complete an application for the Honors Place community, but they do need to be a student in the Honors College.

First-year Students

  • First Year Residents Succeeding Together (FYRST)

    FYRST helps students acclimate to university in a fun and supportive environment. Participants can also take the required Freshmen Experience class right in the residence hall and have easy access to student and faculty mentors. Community service opportunities and a variety of programs and workshops enable students to meet one another, get involved in the university community, and gain important skills in and out of the classroom. This special community for first year students is located in Panther Hall and Lakeview South.

  • FYRST Changemakers

    The Changemakers Living-Learning Community provides first year students with the opportunity to explore and develop awareness towards community service and civic engagement. Students explore global community issues and diversity through educational programs and community involvement. The Changemakers Living Learning Community is for students who are interested in addressing social, political and economic injustices, and learning about how to become an active part of the solutions through community engagement.

    Mission:

    The mission of FYRST Changemakers is to promote global citizenship and responsibility within our residents through programming and community building.   The living learning community allows for residents to explore global issues and injustices through civic engagement opportunities.

    Partners:

    Center for Leadership & Service and the School of Social Work

    Location:

    Panther Hall

    Who Can be a part of this LLC?

    First-year students

    Benefits

    • Community Awareness

    • Ability to make a difference in their own back yard

    • Leadership experiences in programming development

    • Friendships and community bonding

    • University involvement

    • Networking

    • Gateway to future FIU involvement!

    Past Programs:

    • First Year Experience SLS 1501 class the cohort can take together

    • Blessing Bags community service project

    • Leadership team building at Disney’s EPCOT

    • FIU Preserve Clean-Up

  • FYRST Creative Arts

    Creative Arts is a Living Learning Community in Lakeview South that brings together students interested in Art or majoring in engineering, the arts, architecture, and other fields to explore innovation and creativity across disciplines.

    Mission:

    The mission of FYRST Creative Arts is to promote, expand, educate, and explore interests and involvement in the arts through co-curricular experiences in an effort to foster a life-long commitment to the arts.

    Partners:

    College of Architecture and the Arts ; Frost Art Museum ; School of Music, Theatre & Dance

    Location:

    Lakeview South

    Who Can be a part of this LLC?

    First-year students with a broad range of artistic interests including music, theatre, art, and more. Creative energy brings residents of this community together for fun, hands-on programs throughout the year.

    Benefits

    • Greater involvement in learning

    • Enhanced academic and social opportunities

    • Improved connections to faculty and staff

    • Involvement with students who have similar academic goals

    • Events to enhance your education and expand your knowledge and skill set

    Past Programs:

    • Selfie Wars – Residents ran around campus posting selfies using special hashtags in the hopes of being the most creative Selfie King/Queen to win the Selfie War!

    • Calendar Making- Residents were able to manage the schedule for the semester by designing and creating their own calendar.

    • Cookies and Crafts – Residents were able to channel their creativity in a night of crafts while bonding over delicious cookies with their fellow community members!

    • Chalk Art - Residents were given a slab of concrete as their canvas and some chalk as their tools and the finished product was up to them!

    • Bucket List - Residents were able to create their own bucket list and write about what they would like to complete in their life at FIU and beyond, academically and personally.

    • DIY Tattoos - Residents learned a creative technique to make their own temporary tattoos!

    • DIY Body Scrub - Using natural ingredients, residents were able to make their own body, facial and lip scrubs

    • Paint and Sip - Residents were able to spend a night in sipping on sparkling drinks while creating their own painted masterpiece! 

  • FYRST Wellness

    This unique living learning community brings first-year residents multiple opportunities to improve health, have fun, and build connections with peers. This community brings together staff and students focused on health and wellness programs and interactive experiences. This community is dedicated to like-minded individuals who are interested in a living environment focused on developing and maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

    Mission:

    The mission of the Wellness Community is to promote and provide a healthy and holistic living environment for FIU residents by fostering interactive educational experiences through programming and community building. Wellness students work together to model and contribute to that positive environment by encouraging exploration into the many different areas of wellness.

    Partners:

    Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services and Recreational Services.

    Location:

    Panther Hall

    Who Can be a part of this LLC?

    First-year students

    Benefits

    Students benefit from this community by exploring are able to explore many different areas of wellness. This presents the opportunity for students to generate a better understanding of healthy living in an environment of like-minded individuals with similar goals.

    Past Programs:

    • Zumba

    • Healthy Eating on a Budget

    • Safe Sex Olympics

    • Community Gardening in the Nature Preserves

  • FYRST Women in STEM

    Women make up 57% of all college students. Women earn up to 60% of all Master’s degrees and in 2011, 52.5% of doctoral degrees were earned by women. Despite earning all these credentials there’s a great disparity with women receiving degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (S.T.E.M.). Currently in the U.S., women only hold 25% of S.T.E.M. jobs even though women make up half of the U.S. working economy! What’s not surprising is that women who do work in the S.T.E.M. field earn 33% more income than women in any other field.

    Currently the Office of Residential Life at FIU is addressing these alarming statistics by offering a Living Learning Community (LLC) focused on women majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or Women in S.T.E.M.

    Mission:

    The Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) living learning community is a stimulating environment, where women interested in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics make strong academic and personal connections with each other as well as the Women’s Center, staff and faculty members. These students will be provided with resources and support as they purse their studying in this challenging field.

    Partners:

    The Women’s Center and academic partners

    Location:

    Lakeview South

    Who Can be a part of this LLC?

    Women pursing a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.  This LLC provides First-year S.T.E.M. majors a strong foundation to move into some of the most in-demand teaching and technology-based career fields.

    Benefits

    • Involvement with students who have similar academic goals

    • Single and double occupancy room options.

    • Opportunity to connect with faculty and staff outside of the classroom.

    • Events and programs with campus partners such as, FIU Sisterhood Retreat, Employee/Student Panels, Service Projects, Women Who Lead Conference, and much more.

    • Mentorship opportunities with Faculty/Staff in S.T.E.M fields.

    • Proximity to on-campus resources.

    • In-House tutoring for specific courses.

    • PLUS…A support group already built in to where you live!

    Past Programs:

    • Study Groups – Members of this LLC frequently met to focus on their studies and help each other in the classes they took together.

    • Service Project – Students created bags of hygiene products for women who utilize the services available through the Miami Rescue Mission. Someone from the Miami Rescue Mission will give a brief overview of what they do and how the donations will be used/ who they will benefit.

    • Brownies with Bronwen - Discussed the resources and options available to Women in S.T.E.M. majors through the Women's center and the Women's Studies Center

    • Study Board - Students will learn about the different options regarding study abroad! it will be open to the general student population but it will have sections focusing on Women in S.T.E.M.

    • Cup of Joe! - Served coffee to help the Women of S.T.E.M. stay on track. Had study tips available for them on little cards to help them if they ever need it.

    • Thank you Dinner – Students were recognized for their accomplishments.

  • Honors Place

    FIU faculty and Residential Life staff work together to provide a special experience for Honors Students, including various community service projects, study group sessions, and a variety of workshops and social programs unique to the Honors College.

    Mission:

    The mission of Honors Place is to create an environment that challenges and supports first year Honors College residents to explore their interests and integrate meaningful academic and co-curricular experiences into their educational journey.

    Partners:

    Honors College

    Location:

    Parkview Hall

    Who Can be a part of this LLC?

    First-year resident registered in the Honors College.

    Benefits

    Various lectures geared towards the honors community, opportunities to acquire Honors Points from community programs and events, impromptu study group sessions, and social and educational programs geared to Honors students.

    Past Programs:

    • Honors College Formal

    • Halloween Networking Event

    • Global Lecture w/ Global LLC

Upper Division Students

  • Global Living

    This unique living/learning experience educates leaders for global engagement. Global Living Community residents participate in numerous activities to explore current world events and international perspectives as they prepare for leadership roles as active global citizens.

    Mission:

    To help residents become citizens of the world by bringing the world into the community through intercultural awareness, leadership development, experiential learning, and an introduction to a variety of campus, community, and global resources.

    Partners:

    Center for Leadership & Service

    Location:

    Everglades 5th Floor

    Who Can be a part of this LLC?

    Upperclassmen Residents

    Benefits

    You will be able to:

    • Exhibit awareness of one's own cultural values, beliefs, attitudes, biases and stereotypes and the impact of these on others.

    • Acknowledge and respect the existence of different cultural values, beliefs and attitudes

    • Seek knowledge about world history, current events, global economics and sustainability

    • Recognize that people’s well-being is interconnected and globally interdependent

    • Accept responsibility for active world citizenship

    • Practice collective leadership methods that focus on inclusion, collaboration and crossing boundaries

    • Bi-weekly dinners featuring guest speakers and social events (1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month; 7:00pm – 9:00pm)

    • Local service in the community

    • Participation in the annual Student Leadership Summit

    • Group project that promotes global citizenship

    • Virtual leadership exchange with a university abroad

    • Global Lecture w/ Honors LLC

    Past Programs:

    • Bi-weekly dinners featuring guest speakers and social events (1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month; 7:00pm – 9:00pm)

    • Local service in the community

    • Participation in the annual Student Leadership Summit

    • Group project that promotes global citizenship

    • Virtual leadership exchange with a university abroad

    • Global Lecture w/ Honors LLC

    • GLLC Alternative Break Trip

Don't Go It Alone

Living Learning Communities can make a residence hall feel like home. Be together at FIU.Apply for Housing

Contact

305-348-3661
Fax 305-348-3674

11200 SW 8th Street
PH 126
Miami, FL 33199

ResLife@fiu.edu

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed for university holidays