A living-learning center (LLC) is a community often centered around a specific topic of interest. Although LLCs can vary depending on program or institution, most share a few defining characteristics. Namely, students (1) live together on campus, (2) take part in a shared academic endeavor, (3) use resources in their residence environment specifically designed for them, and (4) engage in structured social activities in their residential environment that also emphasize academics (Inkelas et al., 2006). The primary goal of LLCs is to foster a community of learners and help students develop smaller communities within the larger whole of their campus. With an array of programs and events, an LLC is able to better engage with the residents and create a close-knit community.
The mission of our LLC is to be a communal group of learners that embrace growth, enrich community, and engage challenges in order to leave a positive and lasting IMPACT on our world. Impact is shaped by the vision that all human experiences can be viewed through a learning-oriented lens. As such, Impact was founded by the School of Education in 2015 to be a community for students that want to make a difference. This is elaborated through the pillars of our mission statement:
Impact LLC values learning throughout all areas and stages of life and strives to develop flourishing individuals who actively seek transformation for themselves and others in our community. We reach this goal through weekly programs on various topics (e.g., professional development, mentoring, self-care, faith development) and dedicated facilities (e.g., Learning Resource Express, Reflection Room) that stress involvement in diverse learning contexts.
Impact LLC celebrates the diversity that God instilled in His loved creation and strives to provide students opportunities that increase service to and participation in their expanding circles of influence. We reach this goal by offering leadership positions (e.g., Leadership Council, Impact Academies Fellows) and opportunities for students to connect within Impact, Baylor, Waco, and beyond, all while stressing the benefit of learning from others with unique life experiences.
Impact LLC fosters a space to engage challenges head-on and strives to prepare students to seek solutions appropriate for the individual, context, and communities we inhabit. We reach this goal through a commitment to become thoughtful and informed leaders who work collaboratively in a student-led organizational structure that encourages residents to govern our community.
This mission is pursued by our residents through our Community Covenant, a statement affirming how our beliefs apply to changing the world: