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Ethnic Living and Learning Community Leadership Studies Program (ELLC)

The Ethnic Living and Learning Community Leadership Studies Program (ELLC) educates students for leadership roles in local and international settings with a focus on cultural competency and strengthening and developing communities.  Our curriculum calls for students to learn about their own values and belief systems as well as the values and belief systems of others. Cultural competency is developed when students are able to integrate this knowledge into their practice of leadership.

The classroom experience combined with the relationships and community building on the RAP residence floors in Kittredge Central provide an exceptional opportunity to learn about the influence of culture on our daily lives and the skills necessary to becoming successful leaders to diverse groups and people.  The ELLC instructors challenge students to think about leadership beyond notions of hierarchies and centralized power and to recognize that building community, collaboration, ethical reflection, respect and valuing diversity are hallmarks of contemporary leadership practice.  

The community built by ELLC students, living together on the residence floors, creates relationships that last a lifetime.  Students in this program are required to take two classes each semester combining for 4 credit hours.