Advocating for an inclusive and culturally engaged community
The Upper-Class Advocates of Tomorrow Living-Learning Community is designed to be a close-knit community where residents can delve deeper into social issues and more fully understand different life experiences and points of view of community members while living in a diverse community. LLC students will engage in topics that most greatly influence their understanding and lived experiences, strengthen their knowledge on social movements and activism, and begin to explore the many components of identity, sexual orientations, gender identity, and gender expressions that college students may experience. With a focus on mentoring the first-year community and helping them to engage in social activism and social change, this upper-class community will promote intercultural understanding and celebrate many voices and perspectives of our students. With such a diverse student population on-campus, this LLC is charged with building a supportive community that encourages dialogue across differences and to promote multicultural education, self-awareness, and social change. 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 Upper-Class Advocates of Tomorrow Living-Learning Community, students will have the opportunity to…
- Develop an understanding of the Social Change Model in concert with building a mentor relationship with First-Year LLC mentees.
- Discover ways to strengthen knowledge on social movements, activism and social issues in an effort to more fully understand different life experiences and diverse points of view of community members.
- Devise programming initiatives for First-Year LLC mentees to assist in breaking down barriers and developing advocacy skills.
- Explain critical components of one’s complex identity through celebrating diversity and cultural awareness.
- Utilize advocacy skills to contributing towards building an inclusive campus community.
- Develop leadership skills that will positively impact current social issues and challenges.
Upper-Class LLC ADVISORs
Jose Mendoza | Assistant Professor, Philosophy, College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Elsie Otero | Associate Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs