Student-Created Communities

Testimonials

I am surrounded by people who hold similar interests to me, and thus I have grown in my exploration and understanding of those interests.”

“I feel as though living with these people has helped me be able to voice my opinion when I am in a group setting.

“Almost every night, people are in each other's rooms or out in the lobby laughing, having fun, working on homework, or collaborating together for a project. Having great relationships is, in my opinion, what makes for an outstanding LLC.”

 

The Office of Residence Life is pleased to provide the opportunity for students to continue shaping their Miami experience by developing Student-Created Communities. These communities may build on themes from the first-year housing experience or focus on entirely new themes that do not already exist in a second-year Living Learning Community. By participating in an upper-class Student-Created Community around a theme of their choice, students will be able to delve deeper into their interests, develop meaningful relationships with other students, and have an active role in the design and implementation of their on-campus experience.

Student-Created Community Application

Process and Requirements

Timeline

  • Student-Created Community Applications open online - December 4, 2017
  • Student-Created Community Applications due online - February 19, 2018 at 4:30pm
  • Student-Created Group Presentations - February 27- March 1, 2018
  • Student-Created Community Groups notified - March 5, 2018
  • Student-Created Community Housing Rosters due - March 7, 2018 at 5:00pm
  • Student-Created Community Leadership Training session - Spring 2018

Selection Process

Student-Created Communities will be selected based on the following:

  • A completed application. Applications are due on Monday, February 19, 2018.
  • A completed student roster.
  • An endorsement form completed by the group's faculty advisor. This form will be sent to the advisor listed when an application is submitted.
  • A presentation to the Selection Committee.

Criteria

In order to be considered, proposed communities must meet the following criteria.

  • The Community supports the mission of the University, complements the residential experience, and connects curricular and co-curricular experiences related to the theme of the community.
  • The Community has a cohort of at least 8 and no more than 30 students. The name, address, cell phone number, and Banner ID number must be provided for each student who wishes to participate in the community. Groups can be co-ed or single-gender. If students of different genders wish to live together, they will utilize the Gender-Inclusive Housing Policy. For more information on this policy, check out the Gender-Inclusive Housing page.
  • The Community must designate appropriate persons in the following roles: 

Community Coordinator

One student will serve as the Community Coordinator. Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the primary liaison between their community and other Student-Created Communities as well as Residence Life staff.
  • Work collaboratively with Residence Life to provide engagement opportunities for the students in their community.
  • Encourage community members to participate in all-hall activities.
  • Be a role model of positive contributions to the hall community.
  • Communicate the interests of the community members to the Community Leadership Team.
  • Refer questions and concerns from students in their community to Residence Life staff.
  • Coordinate room assignment process in collaboration with the Office of Residence Life.
  • Participate in student leadership training workshop in the spring semester prior to the start of the community.
  • Lead community expectations meeting at start of academic year.
  • Lead regular community meetings throughout the academic year.
  • Meet regularly with the Resident Director.

Benefits of Serving as Community Coordinator

  • Develop leadership skills in community with other student leaders
  • Gain event-planning experience
  • Have a visible impact on your Miami experience and the experience of others
  • Live in a community with students who share your passions
  • Develop strong relationships with faculty and staff at Miami

Activities Coordinator

One student will serve as the Activities Coordinator. Responsibilities include:

  • Work collaboratively with Residence Life to provide engagement opportunities for the students in their community.
  • Assume Community Coordinator position in the event the Community Coordinator is no longer able or willing.
  • Plan Student-Created Community events and encourage regular participation from community members.
  • Refer questions and concerns from students in their community to Residence Life staff.
  • Encourage community members to participate in all-hall activities.
  • Communicate the interests of the community members to the Community Leadership Team.
  • Be a role model of positive contributions to the hall community.
  • Participate in student leadership training workshop in the spring semester prior to the start of the community.
  • Support Community Coordinator in leading community expectations meeting at start of academic year, as well as any additional community meetings throughout the year.
  • Meet regularly with the Resident Director.

Benefits of Serving as Community Coordinator

  • Develop leadership skills in community with other student leaders
  • Gain event-planning experience
  • Have a visible impact on your Miami experience and the experience of others
  • Live in a community with students who share your passions
  • Develop strong relationships with faculty and staff at Miami

Faculty Advisor

A Miami University faculty or staff member will serve as the Faculty Advisor and an active member of the special interest community. Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as a point of reference on institutional policy and ethical decision-making.
  • Support active engagement in the community in order to support the mission of educational and personal development.
  • Help ensure the activities of the organization reflect favorably on the university.
  • Assist members in balancing their extra-curricular activities with their academics.
  • Meet with the Community Coordinator(s) and Resident Director once a month.
  • Attend meetings and activities as available.

Benefits of Serving as Advisor

  • Support student creativity and leadership
  • Engage in increased interaction with students, to help them learn and grow
  • Develop relationships with students passionate about your topic(s) of interest and provide avenue for possible future collaboration

Group Presentations

Each group will conduct a brief presentation on their proposed Student-Created Community in February. The presentations should be 5-10 minutes, and then there will be approximately 10 minutes at the end of the presentation to answer any questions from the Selection Committee. At least 3-6 members of the group should participate in the presentation, including at least one of the Community/Activity Coordinators, if possible. The Faculty Advisor is not required to participate in the presentation. Once you submit your application, you will be contacted to select your group’s time slot.

Below are the four areas that need to be covered in your group’s presentation:

Community Strategic Plan

  1. Please provide a brief description of the theme and purpose of your Student-Created Community.
  2. In which upper-class residence hall would you like to have your Community located? Why is this location most appropriate based upon the needs of your Community?
  3. A central part of the Student-Created Communities is the programming designed to engage students with the theme of your community. Please provide an estimated operating budget and explanation of costs to cover the programming (events) you will host as a community.

Faculty Involvement and Academic Success

  1. How do your Community's mission & goals enhance student learning and support the scholarly endeavors of its members?
  2. Who is your Faculty Advisor and how will they be involved in your community?
  3. How will the Student-Created Community promote student learning and academic success?

Community Development

  1. What ideas do you have for events or opportunities to incorporate learning into the residential experience?
  2. What would you see as the ideal relationship between your Student-Created Community and the rest of the students living in the residence hall?
  3. How does the existence of this Community actively contribute to creating an inclusive climate within the campus, local, or global communities?

Group Function and Leadership

  1. How will your Community operate effectively to solve problems, establish standards, create and complete projects, and resolve conflicts?
  2. How do you expect your Community to work with the residence life staff and community leadership team?
  3. What challenges, if any, do you foresee for your Community? How do you anticipate overcoming those challenges?

Responsibilities

Each selected community will be responsible for the following:

  • Create a positive and collaborative working relationship between the students of the Student-Created Community, Faculty Advisor, and the Resident Assistant.
  • Host a minimum of four (4) events per semester, which support the University and Residence Life’s mission of: academic success, intercultural awareness, community engagement, and personal development. At least one initiative each semester must be open to a larger population; this could include: corridor, hall, quad, campus, or Oxford community.
  • Community Coordinators, Activities Coordinators, and Faculty Advisors will attend a leadership training session during the spring after their Student-Created Communities have been approved.
  • Community Coordinators, Activities Coordinators, Faculty Advisors, and Residence Life staff will attend a Student-Created Community Leadership Kickoff within the first three (3) weeks of the fall semester.
  • Support the efforts of Resident Assistants by attending any/all floor meetings.
  • Abide by all Residence Hall and University policies and procedures.

Find information about current and past Student-Created Communities.