Advocating for an inclusive and culturally engaged community
The First-Year Advocates of Tomorrow Living-Learning Community is designed to be a place where every student should feel safe, included, and empowered. This community is designed for first-year students who are passionate about equal rights for all people and for those who aspire to become change agents. This LLC works to build upon students’ passions related to social justice, while building respect for diversity in all its forms. Participants will learn and explore social activism, social change, and the historical/philosophical foundations of justice through specialized programming, speakers, field experiences, and community service opportunities. This LLC is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and is supported by dedicated social justice advocates who serve the community as both Faculty and Staff Advisors.
As a result of living in the First-Year Advocates of Tomorrow Living-Learning Community, students will have the opportunity to…
- Begin to develop meaningful relationships through networking opportunities with faculty, staff, alumni and peers that will promote professional and academic success.
- Utilize resources and services provided by the University that will promote community engagement (e.g., Multicultural Affairs; Residence Life; Counseling; Disability Services; Health Services; Parent Programs; Student Activities & Leadership; Veterans Services; Cultural & Spiritual Student Clubs & Organizations, etc.).
- Explore campus resources that will support an improved sense of wellbeing within the following areas: Physical, Financial, Social, Community & Career Wellbeing.
- Prepare an action plan that will assist in mapping out their college experience, including setting goals that will help to maximize professional development (e.g., Internships, Finding a Mentor, Public Speaking, Career Services; Resume & Cover Letter writing, etc.).
- Begin to explore different identities by challenging world views, breaking down barriers, developing advocacy skills and celebrating diversity and cultural awareness.
- Understand the important value UMass Lowell places on diversity education, while contributing towards building an inclusive campus community.
First-Year LLC ADVISoRs
Cheryl Llewellyn | Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Francine Coston | Associate Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs