Current Living & Learning Communities

The following is the list of Living & Learning Communities for the 2013-2014 acaemic year. If you have questions about any of these communities or if you would like more information, please contact us.


BACO Umoja (Armstrong House)

The Black Awareness Cultural Organization (BACO) is a union that will confront problems and concerns of Black students, as well as help to provide avenues for change for all human beings. As house and community members, we will focus on making ourselves available to all. The core purpose/value of the house will be to offer a place of refuge for anyone who has felt discriminated against because of their race, sexuality, spirituality, gender, or ideas as a human being. The Intercultural Life office will be a pivotal force in the process of every program and event. They will also assist the Living and Learning Community financially.

Environmental Community Outreach (New Hall)

The lifestyle of the average Western citizen is consumption-centric, highly delocalized, and resource-intensive. Though many people are realizing the inherent instability of this high-impact status quo, they are unsure how to move beyond it; Sustainable Living, the founding principle of the Environmental Community Outreach (ECO) House, endeavors to bridge that gap. The ECOhouse hopes to become a force for transformation within the Cornell and Mount Vernon communities, providing material resources, knowledge, laughter, and inspiration for those seeking to live lightly and joyfully through the essential changes ahead.   

Gastronomics (New Hall)

Cooking is essential knowledge for an individual in the modern world, and many young adults were not required to learn this basic skill. The GASTRONOMICS Living Learning Community’s goal is to teach our members cooking skills, and in turn bring this knowledge to the greater student body and community.

Interfaith (New Hall)

We seek to delve into the diverse spiritual traditions and experiences of the members of the group as a starting point both for personal and interactive growth and for the development of a greater awareness of and respect for the religious/spiritual traditions practiced around the world.  Through this process we hope to expand opportunities for cooperative and interactive dialogue, action, and education across campus, with special emphasis on increasing general religious awareness and respect.

Octave (New Hall)

Octave Living and Learning Community is a music community.  We are dedicated to the musical education of ourselves and the community.  To accomplish this edification, we teach weekly lessons to underprivileged youth in Cedar Rapids, and have a monthly radio show and newsletter.  As a community we also provide lessons to students on Cornell College campus, perform at least one concert a year, and put together small ensembles for events on and off campus.

SPACE (New Hall)

Many students in our community are reacting to the struggles of adolescence by attempting suicide. We think this is due to a lack of creative spaces in which to battle their discontent. We want to teach younger students art as a constructive way of expressing emotion before entering the turbulence of adolescence. Because we have learned positive ways to handle these complexities, we feel it is our duty to set an example.

TWRG (Harlan House)

Third Wave Resource Group (TWRG) is a student rights and resource group centered in Harlan House, a safe, comfortable environment for community members which provides information, equality and empowerment informed by feminism. Resources we provide include: Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advocacy, Access to Safe Room, Emergency Transportation, Library, Kitchen, Sewing Room, Safe Zone, Confidentiality.

Word (New Hall)

This LLC's goal is to encourage reading in children in an effort to tackle the issue of literacy through increased awareness and action. In 2009, 1 in 7 adults in the U.S. had such poor literacy that they could not read anything more complicated than a children's book. As this is an issue unbeknownst to the general population, we aim to raise awareness in our community and work with Mount Vernon Elementary School via book drives and after-school activities to promote reading in the next generation, and bridge the gap between classroom and the outside world.