This fall semester, a new Living and Learning Community (LLC) program focused on Honors Math will launch. The program will connect first-year students living in residence by creating clusters of students who take classes together, live in the same residences, and participate in intentional community-building activities.
The new Honours Math LLC, which will take a maximum of 80 students subdivided into cohorts of approximately 20 students each, joins an existing cadre of LLCs for Arts and Business, Global Business and Digital Arts, School of Public Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Science. In all LLCs, students have access to upper-year peer mentors, tutoring, and other activities, in addition to clustered housing and course assignments. “Our Living Learning Communities are highly beneficial to our first-year students,” says Sandy Wong, manager for Resident Learning for Campus Housing. “We offer opportunities to connect with peers in the same courses, first-year instructors, academic advisors, and the community.”
Membership in an LLC comes at no additional cost: all incoming first-year students with confirmed enrolment in to Honours Mathematics who complete the First Year Guarantee Residence Application with Campus Housing ranked first are eligible, as long as they apply before the June 1 deadline. After applying for Campus Housing and indicating interest in the LLC, students will receive an invitation with a separate application form.
Robert Bruce, Community Well-being & Engagement Officer for the Faculty of Mathematics, hopes that students in the new LLC will benefit from the integration of their education and daily life as they begin university. “The transition from high school to university, whether a student is joining us from within Ontario or abroad, is a fulsome adventure filled with challenges and opportunities,” he says. “We hope this program will help incoming students to build new and lasting connections with their peers.”
“We are thrilled to be offering our Math LLC program to a broader group of students starting this fall,” says Christiane Lemieux, Associate Dean, Operations and Academic. “Increasing the sense of community amongst our students is an important objective of the Faculty’s strategic plan. The Honours Math LLC program delivers on this goal by giving first-year students the opportunity to develop friendships and connections with other first-year students not only through activities happening in residence but also by taking core math classes together.”
To learn more about LLCs, visit the Campus Housing website.