True Blue Neighbors

True Blue Neighbors Living-Learning Community (TBN LLC), hosted at Lafortune House, is open to all TU students interested in integrating into campus life through a service-learning and civic engagement lens. The TBN LLC introduces students to Tulsa by providing consistent opportunities to volunteer with campus and community organizations, while providing a foundation for social justice education through discussion of important local issues. The TBN LLC provides an opportunity to become familiar with the local community outside of the TU area, and offers a residential opportunity to live alongside other students who are passionate about high-impact community service and civic engagement as an integral part of campus. Members of the TBN LLC deepen their service commitments in the Spring semester as they delve into a long-term service experience with one local organization of their choosing.

Highlights of this LLC include: partnering with one local organization of their choice for the entire school year, group community projects once a month, networking with community organizations, creation of public policy, small-group discussions, develop transferable business skills, and understand how volunteerism impacts all. As TU continues to create socially conscious citizens, this LLC sees service-learning as something that educates, engages, and equips the entire campus community with skills and experiences that connect rigorous academic curriculum with meaningful and tangible public works.

University Apartments: As service is a long-term life skill, an LLC in the apartments will be formed in 2021-2022 to bridge apartment residents with continued service across their 4 years while at TU. With these two living contexts, students from multiple years at TU will cultivate and partner their service experiences through their academic career at TU to create a ladder of engagement – from food bank helper to advocate.

Faculty or Staff Advisor: Melissa Abdo and Danielle Hovenga, True Blue Neighbors Staff

TYPROS Crew: Leadership & Service – Malachi Blankenship mblankenship@i2e.org