In fall 2014 each first-year student resident will join a Living Learning Community (LLC). The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and the Division of Student Life collaborate to offer two types of LLCs to our first-year residents: Academic Fusion and Scholars in Action. Descriptions of the two options and the themes available within each program are listed below. Please indicate your interest when completing the online housing application process (details are available here) and rank your preference among the choices. Mills College will make an effort to place every student in the course and community of her choice, but please note that only a limited number of students can be accommodated in each LLC.
First-year residents who select Academic Fusion LLCs will be automatically enrolled in the listed introductory course and will reside in close proximity to one another in Warren Olney Hall or Orchard Meadow Hall. Generally, the professor for this class will also serve as their first-year advisor. Over the course of the fall term, the professor, students, and resident assistants will attend lectures, films, museum exhibitions, and other activities related to the central theme of their LLC. Some classes will have an upper-division student assigned as a teaching assistant who will offer help with course work throughout the semester.
Eating Real Living Learning Community
Course: PE 61, Eating Real
This is a class devoted to learning about real whole foods. Most classes will be hands-on cooking. The curriculum begins with an introduction to core flavor elements and an overview of the best kitchen equipment. Students will be surveyed prior to class with the intent to discover what recipes and cooking skills would they would like to learn. All classes will have something to taste, and students eat whatever they've cooked.
Ethnic Studies Living Learning Community
Course: Ethnic Studies 51, Introduction to Ethnic Studies
This course provides an introduction to the history, concepts, and issues concerning ethnic studies. The course compares the experiences of African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, and Chicanas(os)/Latinas(os) within a global context. Historical, social, economic, cultural, and environmental resources are employed in analyzing the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Class activities include lectures, discussion, films, and guest speakers.
First-Year Book Living Learning Community
If you're inspired by the story of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor and her success in school, work, and life after reading this year's first-year book, Justice Sotomayor's My Beloved World, this LLC will provide you with an opportunity to reflect throughout the semester on how to create your own path to success as scholars, citizens, and family members. As a member of this LLC you will participate in Mills 101, a series of workshops, lectures, and hands-on activities to introduce you to every aspect of campus life from developing a scholar identity and career plans to promoting wellness and managing time. You will also have opportunities to connect with the community beyond campus through service learning.
Music Living Learning Community
Course: Music I, Exploring Music—Performance, Creation, and Cultural Practice
This course offers an introduction to music from the perspectives of performer, composer, improviser, instrument maker, and scholar. Music will be studied as a social art, as a performance practice, as acoustic architecture and as spontaneous creation, as historical artifact, and as cultural signifier. Projects for the class include playing music, listening and analysis, composing, recording, and writing. No knowledge of music, notation, or instrumental skill is necessary.
Nursing Living Learning Community
Course: NASC 51N, Nursing Leadership
This course examines leadership principles and the role of leadership in professional nursing practice. Students will analyze management strategies (team building, conflict resolution, negotiation) while exploring leadership in the context of nursing history and today's healthcare system. Readings and speaker presentations will form the basis of discussion, reflection, and written analytical assignments to support the development of critical thinking skills as well as the personal and professional growth of the student.
Technology Living Learning Community
Course: CS 80, Technology for a Better World
While the current revolution in information and communication technology (ICT) has impacted people around the world, its positive effects are particularly dramatic in developing countries, where it is transforming education and healthcare, providing vital economic opportunities, and empowering human rights workers. On the darker side, ICT is enabling unprecedented military and surveillance technology. Learn about the changes wrought by technology, what further change is predicted by science fiction writers and futurists, and how to make change yourself by creating mobile apps with App Inventor, a visual programming environment designed for people without prior programming experience. Android tablets will be provided. Concurrent lab required. No prerequisites.
First-year residents who select Scholars in Action LLCs will live in Warren Olney Hall or Orchard Meadow Hall. Over the course of the fall term, the professor, students, and resident assistants will attend lectures, films, museum exhibitions, and other activities related to the central theme of their LLC. Descriptions of each community can be found below. Each community will have its own faculty advisor.
Art Living Learning Community
This LLC brings together students interested in art and art history. If you enjoy working in the studio, visiting museums and galleries, or studying the history of art, this LLC will appeal to you. Activities may include museum visits, special exhibitions, local gallery walks, films, and other exciting events that will enhance your understanding of both the history of art and the contemporary art scene in the Bay Area.
Campus Farm Living Learning Community
Does the thought of watching little seeds grow into a delicious meal excite you? Students in the Campus Farm LLC will be the community that brings the campus farm to life! Guided by sustainable principles, we will plant seeds that will grow into produce and herbs, support a worm compost bin program to provide nutrients to our soil, pull weeds, water, and harvest once per semester in order to cook a communal meal. Depending on interests, we can explore themes such as the local food movement, the importance of pollinators, the carbon footprint of food, efficient use of resources in farming, genetically modified seeds, vegetarianism, and human connection to the land and seasons. There will likely be a farm field trip and/or a service trip to an organization supporting local food in Oakland. This LLC is all about connecting to the land and to your community!
Cyclones Living Learning Community
This LLC will provide a space for first-year student athletes and others who share an interest in athletics or Cyclone spirit to come together. The Cyclone LLC will foster a culture of health, academic excellence, and Mills pride. This community will provide a living space with extended quiet hours, from 9:00 pm to 9:00 am, conducive to early morning practices and a healthy lifestyle. Possible activities may include attending local sporting events (e.g. UC Berkeley or Mills College athletic contests), wellness workshops, guest speakers from on-campus resources, and Mills College Blue and Gold spirit events.
Dog and Cat Lovers Living Learning Community
If you miss your pet from home, this LLC will provide the opportunity to connect with animals on and near the Mills campus. We will learn about the individuals, government agencies, and nonprofit groups that promote animal welfare and rights. We will work with shelters and rescue groups on campus and in the community on a variety of service projects. In addition, we will explore the Bay Area's sometimes wacky and always colorful pet culture from San Francisco Pet Pride Day to the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show.
Human Rights Living Learning Community
You are a human rights defender! In this LLC, we'll learn together how we can each make the world a better place. We'll be learning together about a variety of human rights issues, and will visit human rights rallies, protests, and events that connect to our human rights interests and passions—and we'll learn to make our OWN change! We'll learn about and make effective change and inspire hope for a better world.
Science Living Learning Community
This LLC is an excellent starting point for students considering majoring in any of the scientific disciplines. It will provide an opportunity to live and work with a cohort of students who are enthusiastic about science and intend to major in the biological, chemical, or environmental sciences at Mills College. Field-based excursions will expose students to marine ecosystems as well as to the rich geological and natural history of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Social Justice and Educational Change Living Learning Community
Students in this LLC will engage in community projects in partnership with local organizations such as Girls, Inc., the Oakland Unified School District, and the Oakland Housing Authority in collaboration with the Mills Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships and the Institute for Civic Leadership. If you select this community, you will have the opportunity to visit neighborhoods and learn about the resources of Oakland as you develop your vision for creating positive social change. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own definitions of social justice alongside a more formal analysis of what SJ is and how it operates within disciplines and communities. We will explore together, read together, and participate in local projects in neighborhood schools and community centers near the Mills College campus. Throughout the year, we will work to develop our capacities as social change agents. Possible activities include field trips to Bay Area neighborhoods and events, volunteer work with youth, dinners at faculty homes, panels and visits with local activists and scholars, and book discussions.
Spirituality Living Learning Community
Are you curious about the different ways we make meaning in our lives? The Spirituality LLC is an opportunity for students to explore the many different ways in which they and others make meaning, whether through religious traditions, philosophical frameworks, or connecting with nature. The group will engage with spiritual and religious conversations and communities both on- and off-campus. Potential activities include attending various worship gatherings, films, and lectures, as well as engaging in interfaith service and justice projects throughout the greater Bay Area.
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