Leadership & Civic Engagement Learning Community

Freshmen and Sophomores!
Priority Deadline to Apply is March 1st.

Welcome! Are you dedicated to learning more about yourself and the world around you? Willing to commit to living with a great group of students, taking two academic classes and attending community service projects? Our community is for you! Join the inaugural year of the Leadership & Civic Engagement Learning Community!

Our purpose is to create a positive and educational living and learning environment in which freshmen students can study and practice leadership and civic engagement in an academic setting. The LCE-Learning Community is a collaboration between the Center for Student Involvement and the Leadership Studies Minor (sponsored by the Honors College).


  • A year-long commitment to live and learn in a small group. 
  • Live in a group of no more than 24 students dedicated to becoming civic-minded student leaders. Student share a floor in Cougar Village 1.
  • Each semester you will enroll as a group in one three-credit core course. The credits will count towards the Leadership Studies Minor if you choose to pursue one.
    • You are not required to be an Honors College student to enroll in the LCE-Learning Community or the Leadership Studies Minor.


  • Learn about campus resources and opportunities to get involved.
  • Develop skills that will help you succeed personally, professionally and academically including: understanding your leadership strengths and challenges, knowing your core values, and leading with ethics, clarifying your career interests, understanding social justice and impacting important social issues.
  • Develop strong public speaking skills.
  • Develop and participate in community service projects in both classes.
  • Participate in a retreat day, teambuilding, and social activities outside of class.
  • Have a Resident Assistant, Leadership Graduate Assistant and leadership instructors to assist with your transition to college and growth as a student leader.
  • Earn six-credits (2 courses) towards the Leadership Studies Minor.
    • Participation in the Minor is encouraged, but not required for LCE-Learning Community participation.


  • Live in assigned housing in Cougar Village 1.
  • Enroll in and complete required coursework.
    • Fall: COMM 1332 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    • Spring: HON 3330 Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Participate in a retreat day, teambuilding, social and community service activities outside of class.
  • Remain in good judicial and academic standing with the University.
  • Abide by Student Housing and Residential Life policies, code of conduct, and university policies.


  • Priority Deadline: March 1st , 2015
  • Applications received after March 1st will be considered on a rolling basis until the community is filled.
  • Click on the red button at the side of this page.
  • Complete the online application including 3 short essay questions.
    • Essay questions must be uploaded in a Word or PDF format.
    • Submitting a resume or references is optional.
  • Schedule a 20 – 30 minute phone or Skype interview with one of our staff.
    • You will be contacted when your application is received.
  • Completed application and interview results will be reviewed by a LCE-Learning Community committee.
  • Complete your Student Housing and Residence Life application.
  • If accepted, sign and return the LCE-Learning Community Agreement.  If already assigned to housing you will be reassigned to our community.  You will be enrolled in the Fall Public Speaking Course.


Stephanie Schmidt
Center for Student Involvement