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Latin Images Living-Learning Community

Latin Images Living-Learning Community seeks to enhance students’ knowledge of the diverse lived experiences of Latinos and other peoples of Latin American and Caribbean descent in the United States. Established in 1977 as the Latin Images Special Interest Section, the program was a result of efforts by the Latino community at Rutgers College to provide an environment for learning of and about Latino culture and history for Latino students and non-Latino students and to celebrate Latino culture and heritage. The community has evolved into a living-learning community for those individuals interested in acquiring knowledge of Latino culture through educational, cultural, and social events. 

The Latin Images Living-Learning Community will provide a sense of community among undergraduates in this program and the Rutgers University community at large.  This unique residential environment combines curricular and co-curricular activities designed to enhance each student’s overall college experience. Residents of the community live in Bishop Quad on the College Avenue Campus.  The community is comprised of students, ranging from first-year students through seniors, who are interested in building a community based on mutual interests, developing their knowledge of Latino Americans in the United States and across the diaspora, creating connections with University faculty and staff, and exploring leadership opportunities through social and cultural organizations. Join our "Home Away from Home"!

Recent Press:  Check out this great article about the Latin Images LLC in The Daily Targum!

Pell and Hegeman Halls in the Bishop Quad

Students and mentors will live on the College Avenue Campus, adjacent to downtown New Brunswick with theaters, restaurants, student-friendly shopping, and the NJ Transit train station for easy access to NYC and Philadelphia. Pell and Hegeman Halls are in the heart of the College Avenue Campus in the scenic Bishop Quad area.

Programs/Benefits:

  • Building a network of faculty and staff members who are willing to support your personal and professional development
  • Exclusive seminar course: Latinidades: Identities and Images, a 1.5 credit LLC seminar for both fall and spring semesters.  Courses will count towards a Certificate in Multicultural Competence.  This is a 9 credit certificate and with one year participation in this program, you will have completed 6 of 9 credits required for the certificate. For Department of Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies courses, click here.
  • Individualized attention from designated live-in peer mentors
  • Cultural immersion and enrichment
  • Engaging in a dynamic, positive, and fun environment with unique, targeted programming
    • Cultural dinners
    • Guest speakers
    • Visual and performing arts workshops
    • Field trips to special tristate area events (Museo del Barrio, Nuyorican Poets Café, concerts, etc.)
    • Leadership development
    • Community service opportunities
  • Connections to other LLCs in the building such as Paul Robeson (African diaspora), Asian American Identities and Images, and French and German Language and Culture
  • Exposure and connection to Center for Latino Arts and Culture programming
  • Faculty mentorship opportunities
  • Sample Syllabus from the Latinidades seminar.  PLEASE NOTE: Syllabi and Instructors change over time, so this may not be the exact syllabus or course content that you will take as a future participant. 

Eligibility

Open to students affiliated with SAS, SEBS and RBS of all class years, including transfer students, in good academic and judicial standing. Students do not need to identify as Latino in order to participate in the community.

Early Move-In and Special Orientation

Students enrolled in the program will get the added advantage/benefit of being able to move in early and participate in a special orientation program on Friday, September 1, 2017. This will provide first-years in the program the chance to explore the Rutgers campus, get familiar with the bus system, and find their classes in advance, and upper-class students the chance to return early and settle in accordingly.

Participation Requirements

  • All students will be enrolled in an exclusive 1.5 LLC Seminar:  Latinidades: Images and Identities.  Course will be taken both fall and spring semesters and the theme of the course will change every semester.  Courses will count towards a Certificate in Multicultural Competence.  This is a 9 credit certificate and with one year participation in this program, you will have completed 6 of 9 credits required for the certificate.Seminar course will meet weekly on Fridays 9:50am - 11:10am
  • Incoming first-year and transfer students will also be enrolled in Introduction to Latino Studies, which fulfills the SAS core curriculum requirements for 21st Century Challenges.”
  • Current Rutgers students seeking to join the LLC are strongly encouraged to have completed (or planning to complete during the 2017-2018 year) at least one course in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies.

Application Process

Incoming first-year and transfer students

  1.  Register the Latin Images Living-Learning Community as your first choice on the online housing application on the Enrollment Pathway.
  2. Complete a living-learning community application (APPLICATION FOR INCOMING FIRST YEARS AND TRANSFERS IS CURRENTLY CLOSED)
  3. Living-Learning Communities staff will contact you via email to schedule a follow-up phone conversation

Current Students:

Complete an application here by January 2, 2018, 11:59pm

LLC upperclassmen that are new to the LLC will experience:

  • 1.5 credit course in the fall and spring
  • Attend two Peer Mentor Programs per semester and two 1-1 conversations per semester
  • Attend exclusive trips, etc.
  • Opportunity to act as a Big, for the Big-Little Program

Returning upperclassmen that have already taken part in the LLC (those who have already taken the course) will experience:

  • Two Peer Mentor Programs and two  1-1 conversations per semester
  • Attend exclusive trips, etc.
  • Will definitively be paired with a Little for the Big-Little Program as created by the Residence Life Coordinator of the LLC
  • Must create and facilitate a community service activity for the community in fall and spring semesters with the assistance of the Residence Life Coordinator of the LLC

For more information:

Ariel Leget, Assistant Director of Living-Learning Communities and Academic Initiatives
E-mail:
rulc@echo.rutgers.edu