The Student Housing and Residential Education (SHARE) Office at the University of La Verne offers a variety of unique and special communities that aim to provide supportive environments where individuals from the identified communities can feel more at home. Currently SHARE offers two categories of special communities– “Living Learning” communities and “Experience” communities.
“Experience” communities are communities made of a group of individuals who have a particular experience in common (i.e. women, first year students, graduate students, non-traditional students). The programming and activities in these communities are mindful of the specific designation and aim to be relevant to the particular group. Students also benefit from being in an environment primarily composed of individuals who share this commonality.
“Living Learning” communities are communities that in addition to having a group of people with a shared experience and identity also have a built in academic component. More specifically, students of the shared experience not only live together but take classes together. These communities are important as they link the academic experience with the co-curricular experience and thus allow students to maximize their collegiate experience.
Specific communities currently offered at the University of La Verne include:
First Year Experience Communities
The focus of the First Year Experience Communities is to provide a community-oriented environment where first year students can learn about the university, get involved, make friends and succeed academically! The residence life staff collaborates with residents to develop individual relationships and programs that ultimately help students get to know each other and get the most out of their college experience.
Only new first-time freshmen will be eligible to live in these halls. Students who meet the criteria and are interested in this community will be able to select these halls when choosing rooms via the Electronic Housing Application.
“The First Year Experience Hall is the place where students begin to form their La Verne family. It is where they get matriculated into the La Verne way of life” – Eugene Shang, Housing and Residential Life staff member
Black Scholars Living Community
Purpose: Students will develop a sense of belonging through this living learning community, and a better understanding of the Black educational journey at La Verne.
Description: One pod of 33 students in the floor (Citrus)
- Tutoring – Students that participate must attend 2 hours of study sessions in the Academic Success Center per week
- Mentorship – Students must check in with their Faculty/Staff/Alumni mentors once weekly, once face to face each month
- Campus Involvement – Students must be involved on campus – campus employment, student club/organization, student government
- Campus Activities – Students must attend one on campus activity per month
- Workshops – Career Counseling workshops, Degree track/academic advising workshops, wellness, financial literacy
- GPA requirements – Students are expected to maintain a 2.5 (semester/cum) GPA.
Transfer Experience Community
The Housing and Residential Life department is committed to providing transfer students with an opportunity to live and learn in an environment that fosters a feeling of support and inclusion as they transition into the University of La Verne community.
- Create a space where students will be able to interact and establish connections with fellow transfer students
- Provide opportunities for students to explore and engage with the University of La Verne community and the larger La Verne community
- Participate in activities focused on the various campus and academic resources that are available to support transfer students
Possible Activities Include:
- Trips to local restaurants & other hot spots
- Transfer-focused academic advising programs
- Introduce on-campus programs/activities that benefit students (i.e. student life, study abroad, etc.)
Diversity Scholars Community
The Diversity Scholars are committed to continuously engaging in activities and constructive dialogue on topics of diversity and social justice in order to promote an environment accepting of all identities, backgrounds, and worldviews.
Through dialogue, reflection, and participation in events focusing on identity and different cultures & experiences, scholars will:
- Strengthen self-awareness & self-discovery, especially around one’s personal identity.
- Practice dialogue, empathy, and acceptance to develop skills and insights for the purpose of becoming engaged allies and social justice change agents at the University & beyond.
- Establish and maintain a safe, respectful, and welcoming environment focused on a sense of belonging, where the right of respectful expression is encouraged and hateful or victimizing behavior is not tolerated.
Possible Activities Include:
- Regularly scheduled socials/forums to discuss topics concerning identity development, media representation, politics, current events, etc.
- Speaker series inviting faculty, staff, & key members in the local community to share insights pertaining to issues of diversity and inclusivity.
- Scholarships from Housing & Residential Life for students interested in participating in the Center for Multicultural Services Diversity Retreat.
- Opportunities to participate in community service & local causes.
- Trips to visit museums, art exhibits, and performances in the Los Angeles area.
Honors Living-Learning Community
Housing and Residential Life is committed to providing students in the Honors Program with a community that complements and enhances the Honors Program experience. The Honors Living Community is designed to have Honors students actively engage with each other beyond the Honors Classroom.
- Provide an environment where Honors students are able to interact and build a dynamic community.
- Implement activities and programs which provide experiential experiences to complement the Honors Program.
- Provide a venue for increased student/faculty interaction.
Possible Activities Include:
- Create opportunities for students to implement programs and activities to promote dialogue and develop community.
- Field trips/excursions to museums, exhibits, and performances that correlate to topics being discussed in class.
- Socials to engage and interact with faculty in a community environment.
For more information on the Honors program at the University of La Verne, click here.
Gender Separate and Co-Ed Communities
Our Residence Halls offer a variety of options for all women, all men, or co-ed floors/pods. In Vista La Verne, each suite is made up of the same gender, however, the floors are co-ed. There is an option to fill out an application to live in a gender neutral suite as well and we create these suites on a as needed basis. In the Oaks, most floors are same gender rooms, co-ed floors. There are a few floors in the Oaks reserved for our Women’s Experience. In the New Residence Hall, we offer co-ed pods for first year and continuing students, and all women’s’ pods or all men’s pods for first year students.
Gender Neutral Housing
Gender neutral is defined as a housing option where students may share a room, in mutual agreement, regardless of the students’ biological sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Gender neutral housing is intended to provide a more inclusive housing environment for students who may identify as transgender, gender non-conforming (individuals whose gender expression is different from societal expectations related to gender) and of varied sexual orientations.
Consequently, gender neutral housing is NOT co-ed housing. Gender neutral housing supports the University’s Mission of diversity and inclusivity with respect to sexual orientation, sex, gender and gender identity.
Students interested in Gender Neutral Housing must submit a secondary application and participate in a meeting with the Associate Director of Residential Education (secondary application available below). Students selected to be part of this community will be expected to make positive contributions to ensure that the environment is inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
Because Gender Neutral Housing is still in “pilot” phase, space is limited and not all students interested will be selected to participate. As such students who wish to live on campus, and are interested in Gender Neutral Housing, should still participate fully through the normal housing application process to ensure they secure a place for next year.
Priority consideration will be given to Gender Neutral Housing applications received by May 1st, 2020.
For question regarding Gender Neutral Housing options, please contact Eugene Shang, Associate Director of Residential Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 448-4963.
To apply for Gender Neutral Housing, click here.
Grad Student Experience & Non-Traditional Student Experience Communities
The Grad Student Experience and Non-Traditional Student Experience (25 years of age or older undergraduate students) will be communities within Vista La Verne Residence Hall at the University of La Verne during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Graduate students and non-traditional students interested in these communities will be able to select these rooms when choosing rooms via the Electronic Housing Application.