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The Collaboratory

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The Collaboratory Living Learning Community

Designed for forward-thinking students who have a passion to impact their world, The Collaboratory Living and Learning community is a “laboratory” where students will collaborate with peers to explore creative solutions to challenges facing our world – hunger, access to education, clean drinking water, poverty, and more.  Housed in Eagle Village and sponsored by the Office of Leadership & Community Engagement, Collaboratory students will spend the year exploring teamwork, collaboration, and creative approaches to solving wicked problems in the LLC-designated courses of FYE 1220: Collaboration & Creative Problem-Solving and FYE 1410: Exploring Wicked Problems and putting those skills into practice. Students will participate in a beginning of the year team building retreat as well as a variety of community service and cultural activities throughout the year.  In addition, student “House Teams” will plan and coordinate dinners with faculty, social and service activities, and intramural teams for the living and learning community.

Leadership and Community Engagement Executive Director Dr. Todd Deal said, “The Collaboratory is an exciting new venture for us. Our objective is to help students build a strong community while developing their creative problem solving and teamwork skills. In so doing, our hope is to enhance retention of students not only into the sophomore year, but into the junior year and beyond as they engage in tackling problems that matter to them and through which they will develop the leadership capabilities and creative thinking skills that are valued by graduate & professional schools and by employers.”


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