Community Options

Academic Neighborhoods

Where possible, students will be assigned, by academic college, into specific residence hall corridors. Any single residence hall would contain a number of these academic neighborhoods. This will both support the individual academic efforts of students, while promoting opportunities for transdisciplinary conversations to occur within the entire hall.

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Celebrate the Arts

This community is open to students who have been active in the arts or want to take up an artistic interest for the first time. Residents who live in this community will have the opportunity to work with faculty from the College of Creative Arts, the Art Museum, guest artists, and fellow residents to explore creative pursuits in the visual and performing arts.

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Community Justice and Well-Being

This interdisciplinary program is designed to encourage and facilitate place-based education in urban settings around issues of social justice, broadly defined. Open to all majors, students will collaborate with community members in a project- and place-based approaches to learning. The Community Justice and Wellbeing LLC provides students with the unique opportunity to collaborate with students, staff, faculty, and community stakeholders affiliated with the new Initiative for Community Justice and Wellbeing (ICJW). The ICJW supports publicly engaged collaborations designed to transform education, health and wellbeing across communities and through innovative partnerships in shared critical learning, teaching, and research. 

Students can also make progress towards earning the new Fostering Just Communities (FJC) certificate.

Required Courses:
EHS/UNV 101: I AM MIAMI - Participate in a special one credit section of UNV 101 dedicated to learning about university resources with a special emphasis on engaging in activities centered around community justice and well-being.

Recommended Courses: 
EDL 232 Introduction to Community-Based Leadership: This course explores theories and practices of leadership in public institutions and communities. Students critically examine three concepts central to community-based leadership: public, leadership, and democracy. The course will help students develop their own vision and plan for participating in community-based leadership as Miami students and as engaged citizens.

SJS 215 EMPOWER I: Educational and Economic Justice and Service-Learning. This course explores how educational and economic injustices impact communities and considers strategies for social change.

Possible program opportunities include: 

  • Monthly student-driven discussions
  • Community building activities and retreats
  • Networking with alumni, faculty, staff and community leaders
  • Priority access to special guest speakers
  • Site visits and potential internship opportunities

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Education, Families, and Society

The Education, Families, and Society Living Leaning Community offers first-year students the opportunity to explore themes and issues related to the pursuit of careers in education, helping professions, and being instruments of change in our society. We invite students to join this community who plan to study teacher education, family studies, or social work, as well as any other students who are interested in using their influence to make the world a better place. Students will have the opportunity to interact with peers in and out of the classroom through activities focused on their passion for helping others.

Possible programs include:

  • Adopt-a-School
  • Urban Immersions
  • Book Club with faculty
  • Exploring international opportunities
  • Guest speakers in hall
  • Involvement with campus and national organizations

This community has close connections with the Urban Teaching Cohort.

Depending upon major, student will be co-enrolled into 1, 2 or 3 of the required courses:

UNV 101: I AM MIAMI

EDP 201: Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts. A three-credit course MPF, that provides an in-depth examination of theoretical issues and principles of human development and learning, including developmental changes, motivational and learning processes, exceptionalities and other individual differences, and dynamics of social groups.

EDT 190: Introduction to Education. A three-credit introductory course combining classroom activities, technology experiences and school visits to assist students in deciding whether or not to pursue a teacher licensure program and to begin the professional preparation process.

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Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders Living Learning Community is dedicated to enacting positive change. This community is for students who desire to embark on or extend their leadership journey. Participants will begin to find their voices and examine their potential to lead on Miami's campus and beyond. Students are supported by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership and the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute. No previous leadership experience is required.

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Entrepreneurship

Joining the entrepreneurship community means learning skills, tools and mindsets to develop who you are. Entrepreneurship is easily interpreted as "business creation", but it is much more about creating opportunities in your life and in creating your best college experience. In this LLC, you will have the chance to live and collaborate with students who want to challenge assumptions, develop new ideas and make an impact on the world around them.

This LLC is for students who are interested in learning what it means to be an entrepreneur and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking and behavior to their careers and passions. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the faculty of Miami's Top 15th nationally ranked entrepreneurship program. This LLC is open to all Miami university students and will focus on the four pillars of entrepreneurship: startup entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, and creative entrepreneurship. This LLC would be a good choice for students interested in the Entrepreneurship major or minor who are looking for ways to get involved in the Farmer School of Business without being a business major.

Please note that there are regulations on campus that govern business ventures on campus, in particular regarding the use of facilities.  Some of these are in the Regulations for On-Campus Living.  The residence hall staff and course instructors are available to help guide your compliance with these regulations.

Required Course:

ESP 101: The Rewards and Challenges of an Entrepreneurial Life. A required one credit hour first year seminar that will explore entrepreneurship through readings, discussions, teaching cases, guest speakers and field trips students will learn what it means to be an entrepreneur and how they can use entrepreneurship to pursue passions in business, their community and personal lives. Students will be exposed to both the rewards associated with entrepreneurship and the challenges such as work/life balance. Students will be given an opportunity to use the course content to develop and execute a community service project as part of their LLC experience.  

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Environmental Awareness Program (EAP)

The EAP community will offer programs and activities that support learning about environmentally sustainable practices, energy use on campus and in the Oxford community, and local/organic foods, among other environmental issues. This program is open to students in any major. Students in this community will also have the opportunity to learn more about the environmental co-major at Miami and learn about career/internship co-curricular opportunities related to the environment.

Sample programs include:

  • camping
  • Hueston Woods Nature Center visit
  • learning about animal rehabilitation efforts from the Arrowhead Reptile Rescue
  • visits to or from related student organizations (examples include Slow Food MU, Green Oxford, the Wildlife Society, and the MOON co-op) 

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Equestrian

The Equestrian Living Learning Community is ideal for students who have a passion for equestrian sports and want to further develop their skills. Exposure to different disciplines, classroom opportunities and events will be provided. Students will have the opportunity to participate in up to 4 different programs throughout the academic year.

Required Course: Students will fit in the class that is appropriate for their ability level.

150 E Introduction to Horseback Riding or
150 F Intermediate Horseback Riding or
150 H Advanced Horseback Riding

Programs Include:

  • Fall Kick-Off Event: Adventure Race
  • Congress / National Horse Show Trip in Fall
  • Rolex Trip in Spring
  • High / Low Ropes Course

Students accepted into this community will be charged a $175 program fee. The purpose of this program fee is to supplement the cost of the programs listed above.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a sense of belonging in the residence hall and the larger University community
  • Investigate the components of team dynamics and leadership
  • Provide career development including awareness of careers in equestrian, pre-vet, animal nutrition, and coaching
  • Introduce students to a variety of opportunities in equine sport by attending multiple venues
  • Enhance academic experience by providing speakers and clinicians related to career fields outside of traditional classroom.

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First Year Research Experience (FYRE)

The FYRE program provides students with authentic, hands-on research experiences in small teams led by research-active faculty during a two-semester course sequence. Student researchers review their topic, design a study, and complete necessary training during the fall semester; they implement the study, analyze data, and present the results in the spring. This experience prepares students early for subsequent research opportunities such as summer research positions across the nation and independent research supervised by Miami faculty. REQUIRES BOTH UNV 171 (fall semester), UNV 172 (spring semester)

Why you should join the First Year Research Experience?

  • Develop important skills
    • Learn new techniques, analytic methods & communication and professional skills
    • Attend monthly colloquiums on research-based careers or a departmental seminar in any discipline
  • Break new ground
    • Work with your peers in small teams, directly with faculty on their current cutting edge research project
    • Incorporate the framework of research and inquiry into your college experience
  • Forge lasting relationships - build academic and social mentoring relationships
    • Get to know your professors outside of the classroom for sustained interaction over your college career (and beyond)
  • Present and publish as a student
    • Support for travel to present research at national conferences and possibly co-author with faculty mentors on papers in academic journals
    • Students can get involved in enriching educational opportunities, such as workshops, trainings, and field trips
Required courses: UNV 171 (Fall, 2 cr.) and UNV 172 (Spring, 2 cr.)

This two-semester course sequence is the vehicle by which student research teams develop and implement their projects. They review their topic, design a study, and complete necessary training during the fall semester; they implement the study, analyze data, and present the results in the spring. Completion of BOTH semesters is required.

Global Connections

Global Connections is home to both first-year and upper-class students, as well as a diverse mixture of both domestic and international students. Students select Global Connections because of their shared interests in travel, studying languages, and exploring other cultures. Global Connections is a tight-knit, dynamic living learning community where students build strong bonds with one another.

In Global Connections, students will experience:

  • an inclusive community that emphasizes building personal relationships with students of diverse backgrounds and identities
  • an engaged and open atmosphere where students will explore current global topics and various cultures, perspectives, and traditions
  • a living environment with a focus on diverse cultural understanding and intercultural communication
  • membership within the Community Leadership Team, where students can develop leadership skills, become involved in planning hall activities, get connected with one another, and collaborate with diverse students

Students will also have the opportunity to plan and participate in numerous cultural programs throughout the year. Past programs have included:

  • International Thanksgiving: share a dish with friends from all over the world (recognized as best overall program by the Residence Hall Association, 2015)
  • International festivals: learn about the history, traditions, and food of such holidays as Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival
  • Collaborative programs with campus partners, such as Center for American and World Cultures, Office of Diversity Affairs, Study Abroad, and International Student and Scholar Services
  • Group tickets to campus events, such as: Fusion (traditional, hip-hop, and singing performances representing the diversity of Asian cultures), Global Rhythms (world music festival), and Diwali (dance performance celebrating the Hindu festival of lights)
  • Off-campus excursions to locations such as: Butterfield Farms (pumpkin patch and corn maze), Jungle Jim’s (international market), Cincinnati Art Museum, and Newport Aquarium

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Governmental Relations Network

In conjunction with, the Miami University Office of Institutional Relations (the Office), the Government Relations Network (GRN) Living Learning Community (LLC) provides you with opportunities to identify and pursue your career goals and aspirations while forming deep professional and personal relationships. You will be exposed to an extensive network of individuals both within the University and outside in your field of endeavor, as well as, in the fields of politics, science, the arts, and business. Our students come from all different majors and backgrounds and are leaders in campus organizations such as Associated Student Government (ASG), the Miami Student Newspaper, the First Miami University Student & Alumni Federal Credit Union, the First-Year Research Experience, College Republicans, College Democrats, the Office of Institutional Relations, and the University Libraries – Library Student Advisory Council, among others. You will expand your knowledge of your chosen profession all the while honing your advocacy skills through various Conferences and visits to the Ohio Statehouse and the U.S. Capitol.

As a student in the GRN LLC, you will:

  • Have a first-semester on-campus internship in business, government, or community engagement
  • Be exposed to integral campus resources and administrators necessary for your success before classes begin
  • Network with past GRN LLC students and be paired with an upper-class GRN mentor
  • Develop an understanding of advocacy, politics, and the impact government has on your field of interest
  • Gain exposure to a diverse network of elected officials, legislative staffers, business leaders, and researchers to begin building professional and personal relationships
  • Learn the necessary skills to enter and thrive in public service, business, or STEAM fields – including critical thinking, teamwork, effective listening, writing, and oral communication skills
  • Create a personal Miami Engagement Plan reflecting your career aspirations in the EDL 110 course

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Guys in Engineering and Computing (GiEC)

GiEC is an academically focused group of young men who will live together in an environment to further their opportunity for involvement with faculty and build a community. Activities in this community include faculty dinners, educational media presentations, trips geared toward issues concerning men in engineering and computer science and service learning opportunities.

Required Course: CEC 101: Computing, Engineering & Society. (1 credit) This course introduces students to the computing and engineering professions and their role in society.

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Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness Living Learning Community is ideal for students who want to focus on multiple dimensions of wellness. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of different health and wellness programs, workshops, and speakers throughout the year. Students are charged a program fee of $175 to supplement the cost of the programs listed below. 

Course in Common: EDL 110: The University and the Student. (1 credit) 

Programs Included

  • Fall Kick-Off Event: Adventure Race
  • Choice of Semester Fitness Pass: group fitness, personal training, functional fitness
  • Choice of two supplemental recreational activities (examples include paintball, equestrian, broomball, various intramural sports, Reds Baseball game, bowling, and high challenge course)

 Students accepted into this community will be charged a $175 program fee. The purpose of this program fee is to supplement the cost of the programs listed above.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a sense of belonging in the residence hall and the larger University community
  • Research various university programs, people, careers, and leisure activities in place within the community
  • Investigate seven dimensions of wellness to construct a personal mission statement and action plan
  • Explore various components of health assessment and definitions of what it means to be healthy

For more information please contact Mike Arnos at (513) 529-8179 or arnosmp@MiamiOH.edu

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Honors 

Through partnership with the University Honors Program, students in this community can expect an environment that challenges and supports them to explore and design their own educational journey. Staff and residents in the hall promote an atmosphere that allows students to integrate their social, co-curricular, and academic life through vibrant programming. Students also work to achieve learning outcomes that will prepare them for success in college and beyond.

The Honors community involves a mix of first-year and upper-class students. While all students are able to request this community, assignment priority will be given to students who are members of the University Honors Program and/or University Academic Scholars Programs.

The hallmarks of the Honors communities include:

  • seamless learning environment that fosters connections between in-class and out-of-class activities
  • substantive leadership and service activities
  • opportunity to take an active role in shaping the community
  • staff who are intimately familiar with the Honors Program

I AM Miami: International House

The goal of this housing option is to engage a small community of domestic and international students, assigned as roommates, in a variety of leadership and learning opportunities, including field trips, special events and house discussions that will help individuals learn more about other cultures as well as their own. Additionally, domestic students will pair up with international students to help them learn about the campus community and campus traditions.
Required Course:
UNV 101: I AM Miami, a one credit hour course that introduces students to various University resources. Students in this community will all take the course together and attend and participate in various University events together.

IDEAS: Gender Inclusive Living Environment

This community is open to all students on the gender identity and sexuality spectrum and their allies. The IDEAS (Intersectional Diverse Equality Advocating Students) LLC is dedicated to creating a gender inclusive space for students during their residential experience at Miami. This community supports students who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming in choosing (or being placed with) a roommate of any gender.

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Innovation, Design Thinking, Creativity

This community will explore the roots of original thought and its role in the evolution of different areas of human endeavor. Students will explore the many facets of creativity and innovation, which are purely human traits at the heart of our ability to grow, change and adapt as individuals, and ultimately to survive as a species.

Required Course:

CCA 111: Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking, a three credit hour course MPF that will present scientific and scholarly ways of understanding creativity, but will also engage students in a series of exercises to experience processes through a diverse range of media and project types. Learning the roles and processes of innovation and design thinking will be central to this exploration. Teamwork, problem-solving and leadership skills will also be addressed, and students will both self-author and collaboratively author original concepts. Meets requirement for Miami Plan Foundations IIA Fine Arts and V Formal Reasoning. 

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Leadership and Sports 

The Leadership & Sports Living Learning Community is ideal for second year students seeking leadership positions within the sport, recreation, and wellness community as a student employee, organization leader or career. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of different sport, health, and recreation programs, workshops, and speakers throughout the year by paying a standard $175 program fee or ala carte per activity.  

Optional Course in Common: EDL 290: Nature of Group Leadership

Optional Programs

  • Fall Kick-Off Event: Adventure Race
  • Various recreational activities (examples include paintball, equestrian, broomball, various intramural sports, Reds Baseball game, bowling, and high challenge course)

 Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a sense of belonging in the residence hall and the larger University community
  • Research various university programs, people, careers, and leisure activities in place within the community
  • Engage with peer and university leaders to identify skills and philosophies that enhance effective leadership

 For more information please contact Mike Arnos at (513) 529-8179 or arnosmp@MiamiOH.edu.

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Mallory-Wilson Center Premedical

The practice of medicine has become a team effort and offers an incredible variety of career possibilities. The Mallory-Wilson Center Premedical LLC brings together students interested in pursuing a career in one of the medical fields. The MWC LLC programming will help students explore the fields of healthcare so they can learn about career opportunities and make informed career choices. Students in the community will take core courses required for admission to essentially all health professions schools, and the MWC Premedical LLC support systems will help students as they navigate those first challenging courses. 

Possible programs include:

  • Pre-Med Advisor in hall office hours
  • Study groups
  • Medical School visits and tours
  • Mentoring with upper class students

Required Course:

PMD 101: Explorations in Medicine, a one credit course that explores the various fields of medicine and helps students considering a career in the healthcare field develop a comprehensive plan of preparation for admission to medical school or other healthcare profession school. This professional development course is for all students considering a career in healthcare.

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Miami Firsts Student Affinity Community

Affinity Communities allow students to choose to live with peers who share some type of similar experience, thus allowing for greater peer and staff support. This community supports first generation college students by helping their adjustment in making Miami University their home for the next few years.

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Nursing

A community to support admitted students into the 2018 Oxford Nursing co-hort, where students will find peer academic support and greater connection with faculty. Students in this academic program will be enrolled in Nursing Core courses.

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Out of State Student Affinity Community

Affinity Communities allow students to choose to live with peers who share some type of similar experience, thus allowing for greater peer and staff support. This community supports students by helping their adjustment in making Miami University and Ohio their home for the next few years.

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Outdoor Pursuits

The Outdoor Pursuits Living Learning Community is a dynamic community sponsored by the Outdoor Pursuit Center. This community is ideal for students who have a passion for the outdoors, have a sense of adventure and want to enhance their understanding about outdoor pursuit type activities. Students will have the opportunity to participate in up to 4 unique programs throughout the academic year along with program discounts and workshops.

Programs Included:

  • Fall kick-off event: Adventure Race (dinner included)

  • Belay training and test with Miami University's Climbing Wall

  • Whitewater rafting and overnight camping trip

  • Overnight camping trip at Hueston Woods State Park

Students accepted into this living learning community will be required to submit a $175 program fee at the beginning of the school year. The purpose of this program fee is to supplement the cost of programming listed above. There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover the program fee. Students wanting to be considered for a scholarship must have a FASFA with the financial aid office and can email Bill Sparks at sparksw@MiamiOH.edu if interested in applying.

Required Course:

EDL 290.R: The Nature of Group Leadership, a required two-credit course, challenges students to critically examine many concepts of leadership and then to use that understanding to as we introduce multiple outdoor activities in an experiential way. The is a required Field Experience for this course that will take us on Miami’s low and high challenge courses located in Miami’s Natural Areas. The lab fee for this course is $50 and will be charged directly to your bursar.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Bill Sparks, Miami University Outdoor Pursuit Center by email or by phone at 513-529-1439 orsparksw@MiamiOH.edu.

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Scholar Leader

Scholar Leader is an upper-class residential living-learning community involving a one-year residence in Elliott or Stoddard Halls - two of the most historic residence halls in the nation. Endowments for each room provide partial scholarship to those students selected to live in the community. Each year, approximately 75 students are invited to join the Scholar Leader Community after a multi-stage application and selection process. The Scholar Leader Community encourages resident-guided programming, academic involvement, service learning projects, and the opportunity to explore leadership through intensive group engagement.

More information can be found at Scholar Leader.

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Sports and Recreation

The Sports and Recreation Learning Community is ideal for students who have a passion for sports and seek team building experiences through physical activity. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of different sport and recreation programs, workshops, and speakers throughout the year. Students are charged a program fee of $175 to supplement the cost of the programs listed below. 

Course in Common: EDL 110: The University and the Student (1 credit hour). 

Programs Included

  • Fall Kick-Off Event: Adventure Race
  • Semester Pass for Intramural Sports (Non-Ice)
  • Choice of two supplemental recreational activities (examples include paintball, equestrian, broomball, various intramural sports, Reds Baseball game, bowling, and high challenge course)

 Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a sense of belonging in the residence hall and the larger University community
  • Research various university programs, people, careers, and leisure activities in place within the community
  • Investigate the components of team dynamics and leadership
  • Explore various exercise techniques to enhance athletic performance

 For more information please contact Mike Arnos at (513) 529-8179 or arnosmp@MiamiOH.edu.


Sorority

The Office of Residence Life partners with the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in the implementation of the Sorority LLC. Participating sororities are clustered into corridor groups and have the opportunity to select a Sorority Corridor representative who works closely with the Residence Life staff to provide opportunities of involvement for the women in their corridor.

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Stokes Scholars

The Stokes Scholars Living Learning Community (LLC) is intended to create a community of first-year undergraduate students who are LSAMP program eligible, and who seek the support of fellow students in a residential community. Living learning communities provide students with a shared academic and residential experience. Students who participate in LLCs benefit from improved grades, more engagement with faculty and staff and facilitate networking at multiple levels.

The goal of the Stokes Scholars LLC is to assist underrepresented minority students in achieving academic and personal success, actively engaging in the Miami University community, connecting with other STEM majors, developing leadership skills and retaining their pursuit of a STEM career. Both the Stokes Scholars LLC and LSAMP programming, provide underrepresented minority STEM students support and development that will prepare them for the challenges of a 21st Century STEM workforce and/or graduate programs. Stokes Scholars LLC student participants will be housed in Morris Hall on Miami University’s Oxford campus with other STEM living learning communities. Participation in the Stokes Scholars LLC is open to first-year undergraduate LSAMP eligible students.

Application Process

Students interested in being considered for the Stokes Scholars LLC, must complete the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program application and additionally request the Stokes Scholars Living Learning Community when completing their general Miami housing application. Once received and accepted into LSAMP, the student application for the LLC will be reviewed in conjunction with their housing application. Students will be notified via their Miami email account regarding their Stokes Scholars LLC acceptance status for the academic year.

For more information about Stokes Scholars LLC, contact Miami University Residence Life at 513-529-4000.

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Student-Created Communities *Applications for 2018-19 now being accepted

Student-Created Communities is a unique opportunity for any group (size of 10-30) of second year students who share a common interest to live together in order to enhance their learning and overall residential experience at Miami University. This is an excellent opportunity for residents to address an important topic that has not been addressed in existing second-year Living Learning Communities. Questions should be directed to Joe Hawkins, Assistant Director, Office of Residence Life, at 513-529-4000 or hawkinjj@miamioh.edu.


 Transfer Student Affinity Community

Affinity Communities will allow students to choose to live with peers who share some type of common experience, thus allowing for greater peer and staff support. The Transfer community aims to ease the transition of students to Miami who might already have other collegiate experience. This community will provide information on resources to promote a student's success at Miami.

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Women in Science Disciplines, Engineering, and Mathematics (WISDEM)

WiSDEM is open to first-year women, focusing on the success and mentoring of women in science, engineering and math. WISDEM is an academically focused group of young women who have selected to live together in a facilitated living learning environment to further their opportunity for involvement with faculty. The program includes extra faculty involvement from the fields of science, engineering and math. Activities in this community include faculty dinners, educational media presentations, trips geared toward issues concerning women in science, engineering and math, and service learning opportunities. 

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