University of New Mexico Creates a Living/ Learning Community on the Black Experience

The University of New Mexico has announced the establishment of a living/learning community for students who are part of or are interested in the African American experience. The living/learning community will offer residents an extended network of resources including the opportunity to connect with faculty and peers as well as engage in programs that focus on cultural awareness, academic success, and civic engagement. The community – called Essense Hall – will begin this coming fall.

Essence Hall will be one of 18 interest-specific living/learning communities offered at the University of New Mexico. Each living/learning community offers a supportive environment for students to explore common interests in a dedicated area of their living environment. Living/learning communities have been shown to improve student success at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Wayne Sullivan, director of residence life and student housing at the University of New Mexico, stated that “we are very excited to offer this new, inclusive living/learning community that is open to all students and will focus on cultural enrichment and academic excellence. Our living/learning communities are designed to link the academic experience with meaningful opportunities outside the classroom.”


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