Living Learning Communities - The University of Tulsa

Living Learning Communities

students in Lafortune common area

TU’s Living Learning Communities are a great opportunity for students to develop a sense of belonging through intentional dialogue, informal interactions and shared experiences. Students will be able to:

  • Connect, collaborate and engage with faculty and staff across the university
  • Participate in specialized programming and engagements tailored to their specific student experience needs
  • Participate in out-of-classroom learning experiences that are exclusive to the LLC program
  • Enjoy access to resources

If you are interested in any of these Living Learning Communities you will be able to designate your preferences when you submit your Housing/Dining Agreement.

May 15 is the last day to submit for priority selection of Living Learning Community.

First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE)

The FYRE living learning community, housed in LaFortune House, promotes a smooth transition into college through an intentional learning environment that helps first-year students navigate their newly found independence by providing structured personal growth one-on-one conversations with a residence assistant and active engagement opportunities to build relationships with peers and learn about on-campus resources to ensure a clear path of belonging and succeeding. This program seeks to apply in-class learning with out-of-class experiences that develop students into well-rounded leaders who can better articulate their personal strengths and values in a diverse living and learning environment. This collaborative learning approach in the living community helps residents succeed during their entire time at TU!

Highlights include resource fairs, civic engagement, financial wellness, budgeting workshops, well-being activities and social traditions like Haunted Hall and Boxer Bash.

Assignment Process: Self-selection, as available

Faculty or Staff Advisor: Emily Contois, Assistant Professor of Media Studies

University Honors

University Honors, hosted in Hardesty Hall and campus apartments, complements students’ studies while in the TU Honors Program. It creates a home for the life of the mind and the deep friendships students forge as they read great thinkers together in order to better understand themselves and the world in which they live. Just as Honors seminars are designed to engage students in honest and rigorous conversations about what it means to be human and how to live well, this LLC extends those inquiries to illuminate everyday life. It creates space for students to explore and share how their studies and research broaden their perspective, unsettle habits, present new possibilities and, in general, simply blow their minds.

Highlights include book clubs and reading groups, dinners with professors, movie nights and cultural outings, architectural tours and workshops to help students get started in their research and colloquia to share works-in-progress.

Assignment Process: Office assigned

Faculty or Staff Advisor: Denise Dutton, Applied Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy

Gender Inclusive Living

Gender Inclusive housing option and TU’s commitment to house trans, genderqueer, nonbinary and gender nonconforming students via discussions based on individual and specific needs have all been developed out of the expressed needs from our students. On-campus housing at TU is assigned by the student’s sex captured through the original admission process. Most of our living areas are assigned by sex in halls, wings, and/or suites based on living community. In meeting the needs of the student, TU will recognize and respect the gender identity the student has established with Housing. Staff will not ask for any more information than is required to meet the student’s housing needs, and all disclosed information will be kept strictly confidential. The housing assignment specialist will, through conversation and specific knowledge regarding the living environments, provide students with the options available to them. This includes a specialized living area in LaFortune House that allows students to live in a suite, regardless of their sex, gender identity or gender expression, or the sex, gender identity or gender expression of their roommates or suitemates.

Highlights include small-group reflection with fellow residents to foster a safe and supportive space for discussion around intersectional student identities. Other programs may include Pride Welcome Reception, Pride Week, study parties, dance parties (Glitterstock), intentional campus-wide speakers and community service events with LGBTQIA+ population.

Assignment Process: Self-selection, as available

Faculty or Staff Advisor: Olivia Duncan, Residence Life Coordinator

Esports & Gaming

The Esports & Gaming LLC creates a living environment in Fisher Suites that offers a unique program for students interested in gaming, either as a member of university-sponsored Esports teams or as a recreational gamer. The learning community brings peers together who have a love of gaming and would like to take their game to a higher level – be it competitively, a career goal or making gamer friends.

Highlights include close proximity to the Esports & Gaming Lounge plus exclusive access to the competition center. Events for this community include faculty and special guest visits, tournaments, career panels and skill-building workshops.

Assignment Process: Office assigned

Faculty or Staff Advisors: Pooyan Nikjou, Esports & Gaming Coordinator, and Katelynn Fell, Staff Counselor/Outreach Specialist