The Multicultural Learning Community is home to a diverse community of first-year, second-year, and transfer students who share a passion for exploring issues of diversity and social justice, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and more. Members of the community explore their own identity, develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for others, confront the realities of power, privilege and oppression, and learn to become agents for social change.
The Multicultural Learning Community is made up of two course clusters: the Race and Gender Course Cluster for students most interested in exploring issues of race and gender and the Arts in Society Course Cluster for students most interested in developing an understanding of art as an expression of culture and as a vehicle for social change.
In 2013-2014, the Multicultural Learning Community will be home to 60 first-year students. The first-year students live together in one of our 5 first-year residence halls.
Activities and Programs
The Multicultural LC actively participates in programs that aim to bring together students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds to build deeper cultural understanding and to encourage action towards social justice. Students enjoy frequent workshops and discussions that connect their interests and passions and learn to take action to create a more just community here at Loyola and beyond. Faculty have lead a number of student trips to cultural museums such as the Holocaust Museum, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Art Institute of Chicago and to theater productions around the city of Chicago that explore cultural events and perspectives.
In fall 2014students in the Multicultural Learning Community will take UNIV 101 together, and each student will choose one of the following two courses:
UCLR 100 Interpreting Literature OR
UCWR 110 Writing Responsibly
UCLR 100 This course will require students to read closely and analyze carefully a representative variety of prose, poetry, and drama, master key literary and critical term, and explore a variety of critical approaches to the analysis and interpretation of literature. This section will highlight women in literature. Literary Knowledge Core Tier I.
UCWR 110 instructs students in the conventions of academic writing. Students will develop flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing their writing and will receive instruction in how to write clear, error free prose. This section will highlight writing to explore the cultural heritage and identity of diverse peoples in America. Writing Core.
In Spring 2015 students will take an arts core course or a second tier core course in sociology on race and ethnic relations.