The following is the list of current Living Learning Communities. If you have questions about any of these communities or if you would like more information, please contact us.

Artbox (Smith Hall)  

The purpose of our Living & Learning Community is to bring awareness to the importance of creation and art in the lives of children and adults. The arts have impacted us all and have played an important role in our education. The issue we are directly addressing is the defunding of arts programs in schools, which we consider equally important to all other subject areas that are taught. However, art programs tend to be first to lose funding after budget cuts in schools. Our learning goals are to learn more about art and crafts techniques, discover how to best share our art and the process of creation with the community, and to learn how we can best help support art programs in schools. Our members wish to gain more knowledge of art techniques and to get the chance to express themselves with art regularly. We all hope to gain insight on how we can help the community see the importance of arts that we recognize. This experience will help us further grow and become more active citizens with a focus on a topic we all enjoy- the arts.

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.

Baseball (Smith Hall)  

Our societal issue is the health of youth in the community. We hope to get kids active and also teach them important life skills through the sport of baseball.

Lifelong Health & Wellness (Smith Hall)  

We are a group of athletes and advocates for health that hope to equip students with the knowledge that will make them less vulnerable to health risks associated with poor lifestyle choices (such as heart disease, liver damage, etc.). To accomplish this, we hold bi-monthly food expos, host various physical activity events, as well as post a monthly health and wellness newsletter.

Octave (Smith Hall)

Octave 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.

Theater and Dance (Smith Hall)

The Theater and Dance LLC is dedicated to increasing community outreach within Cornell College and the greater Mount Vernon Community through theatrical engagement. Through organization and facilitation of workshops, pre-show and post-show discussions, and transportation to performances on and off campus, we will work to make theater more accessible for all members of our community.

Third Wave Resource Group (Cottage House)

Third Wave Resource Group (TWRG) is a student rights and resource group centered in The Cottage, 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.

Wellness Through Athletics

Our issue is helping kids that are privileged and underprivileged to gain leadership, communication skills with each other, and also staying away from bad influence through sports. Our community members will gain from this experience many useful tools for the future. For example, we will gain communication skills, more leadership roles, and a sense of awareness of other people.