Living Learning Programs

The Living Learning Programs (LLP) at SF State play a pivotal role in the residential student experience. The primary objective of our communities is to provide an environment where students can explore the interconnected relationship between what is learned and what is lived.

Living Learning Programs connect and integrate students to residential and academic components. Students residing in a Living Learning Programs community may be required to take a course with their floor mates in the fall and spring semesters. Courses are assigned by the Department of Residential Life in collaboration with an academic college and/or department.

Living Learning Programs at SF State are separated into three areas: Academic, Identity, and Theme.  Many of our communities may have more than one overlapping area.

In order to be part of an LLP, you must apply to be part of the community and meet all requirements.  

Afrocentric

The Afrocentric Living Learning Community invites students to enhance their living and learning experiences by joining and building relationships with one another around common interests in the cultural, social, and political realities and liberation of people of African descent. This community provides students with an environment where they can safely explore, celebrate, and think critically about key issues related to excellence, cultural awareness, and social responsibility. Students will be encouraged to openly discuss and consider how their learning in various fields of knowledge relate to the needs, concerns, and advancement of Black communities.

Ubuntu is a term that means we become human as we affirm and enhance the lives of one another. In the spirit of Ubuntu, the floor creates an atmosphere where students can build lasting supportive relationships with one another during and after their experiences at San Francisco State. Our signature programs will involve faculty cultural activities, mentorship, a partnership with Black student organizations, discussion of critical issues in Africana communities, cultural performances, community service, professional development, and leadership development.

Building/Floor(s): Residence Halls
Class: FTF (First Time Freshman)

Be sure to apply for the first-time freshmen community here. Priority will be given to students that apply by June 15, 2018.

Students in this community must register for AFRS 101: Introduction to Africana Studies in the Fall semester and AFRS 200: Introduction to Black Psychology in the Spring semester.

Building/Floor(s): University Park
Class: Continuing Students

Be sure to apply for this community here. Priority consideration will be given to students that apply by April 8, 2018.

Students in this community must register for AFRS 210: Introduction to Africana Literature in the Fall and AFRS 202: Black Men's Studies or AFRS 335: The Black Woman: A Cultural Analysis in the Spring semester.

ASPIRE

The Asian American & Pacific Islander (ASPIRE) Program partners with Asian American Studies (AAS) and Student Affairs Enrollment Management (SAEM) and is specifically focused on promoting the academic success, retention and graduation of high-need Asian American and Pacific Islander students, as well as students from low-income families or who have disabilities. The research shows that students who are more academically engaged do better in college, and learning communities are a key strategy for increasing academic engagement.

Building/Floor(s): Residence Halls
Class: FTF (First Time Freshman)

Be sure to apply for this community here. Priority consideration will be given to students that apply by June 15, 2018.
Students in this community must register for AA S110: Critical Thinking and the Asian American Experience.

Civic & Community Engagement

The Civic & Community Engagement theme community is designed to promote active citizenship in the San Francisco-Bay Area community by engaging students through experimental and service learning opportunities. This community works in partnership with the Institute for Civic & Community Engagement (ICCE).

Building/Floor(s): Residence Halls
Class: FTF (First Time Freshman)

Be sure to apply for this community here. Priority consideration will be given to students that apply by June 15, 2018.

FASTrack

The goal of the FASTrack theme community is to provide academic and social resources for students who are entering college with an undecided major. FASTrack will expose students to a variety of academic and career related resources that will help them narrow down their options and choose a major. In addition, opportunities will exist for students to study together, have small group discussions, and learn college success strategies such as time management, note taking, and getting involved on campus. FASTrack puts students on the right track to graduation!

Building/Floor(s): Residence Halls
Class: FTF (First Time Freshman)

Be sure to apply for this community here.  Priority consideration will be given to students that apply by June 15, 2018.

Global Village

The Global Village theme Community available to domestic and international students who wish to engage in a diverse living environment.

Countries Represented: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

Building/Floor(s): Village at Centennial Square
Class: Everyone
Be sure to apply for this community here. Priority consideration will be given to students that apply by June 15, 2018.

Hip Hop Culture

The Hip Hop Culture Learning Community is designed to unite and inspire the voices of a new generation of leaders with Hip Hop legends like Kendrick Lamar, Queen Latifah, Arrested Development, Missy Elliot, and Public Enemy. Living in this community allows students with similar interests

  • to build meaningful relationships with others,
  • to create lifelong friendships, and
  • to engage ongoing conversations and dialogues that are mindful of issues impacting today’s youth.

The Hip Hop learning community is associated with the department of Africana Studies and provides students with opportunities to be involved in larger discussions of how Hip Hop culture has been instrumental in creating social change in our society. All students, regardless of cultural heritage or major, are invited to join this rich exploration of diverse Hip Hop cultural experiences.

Building/Floor(s): Residence Halls
Class: FTF (First Time Freshman)

Be sure to apply for this community here. Priority consideration will be given to students that apply by June 15, 2018.
Students in this community must register for AFRS 256: Hip Hop Workshop. Failure to sign up or the class can result in removal from the floor.

Journey

College, just like life, is always about the next adventure! Those living in the Journey community will learn how to affordably navigate around the beautiful city of San Francisco, learn about its culture, and figure out how to cheaply explore a city all as they see some of the biggest tourist sites and hidden local hits of the city.

Building/Floor(s): Residence Halls
Class: FTF (First Time Freshman)

Be sure to apply for this community here. Priority consideration will be given to students that apply by June 15, 2018.
Students in this community must register for HSS 110: Critical Thinking/Student Success in Health & Social Sciences Fields

Latinx

The Latinx Theme Community aims to celebrate the different communities and their identities and provide educational opportunities for students to engage in dialogue regarding their interest and understanding of the history and origins of Latinx communities.

Building/Floor(s): Residence Halls
Class: FTF (First Time Freshman)

Be sure to apply for this community here. Priority consideration will be given to first time freshmen students that apply by June 15, 2018.

Let’s Play!

The Let’s Play! community is all about what gamers love best - strategy, fun, and building strong friendships while decimating your opponents. While some people might be trying to figure out what to do Friday night, we know our night will probably involve a game of monopoly, a tournament of Call of Duty, or watching friends battle Pokémon. Gaming is not just about the fun, it’s about learning and adapting. As a result you will have the chance to learn about the science behind winning board games, careers in the game design/technology industries, and the impact of gaming on culture and human development. If you enjoy anything from board games and MMORPGs to Super Smash Bros and Magic then you have found your new home. Come join us and Let’s Play!

Building/Floor(s): Towers at Centennial Square
Class: FTF (First Time Freshman)

Be sure to apply for this community here. Priority consideration will be given to students that apply by June 15, 2018.

LiFE

LiFE (Living in a Fit Environment) is a Learning Community in which residents can explore, expand, and put their knowledge to experience in health related fields. We, as a LiFE community, strive to provide a studious yet free-spirited environment in which first-year students have the opportunity to ask questions, talk to health field professionals, and obtain information that will help them excel in their future career goals. As a staff, we not only encourage residents to excel academically but also foster a community for personal and professional development. Our staff also encourages residents to seek campus resources and other organizations through different events and programs. We hope you join us!

Building/Floor(s): Village at Centennial Square
Major(s): Child and Adolescent Development, Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics, Health Education, Kinesiology, Nursing, Parks & Tourism, Physical Therapy, Recreation, and Social Work

Be sure to apply for this community here. Priority consideration will be given to students that apply by June 15, 2018.
Students in this community must register for HSS 110: Critical Thinking/Student Success in Health & Social Sciences Fields

Rainbow

The Rainbow theme community that is unique at San Francisco State University. The Rainbow Floor/Community focuses on gender, sexuality, and the intersectionality of identities within the LGBTQ community. This community offers students the opportunity to live in a supportive and collegial space and to explore the issues that face LGBTQ-identified individuals in our society. Through active involvement in educational programming and community mobilization, the community strives to provide an environment where residents feel supported and empowered. This community hosts monthly socials, educational programs, service projects, and resident-sponsored events.

Building/Floor(s): Towers at Centennial Square & University Park South
Class: Everyone

Be sure to apply for this community here. Priority consideration will be given to first time freshmen students that apply by June 30, 2018 and for continuing students that apply by June 15, 2018.

Science and Technology & Women in Science and Technology

The Science & Technology Theme Community is specifically designed for first-time freshman students of the College of Science and Engineering. The aim of the community is to prepare residents for careers in the areas of science, mathematics, and engineering. Through social and educational programming, residents will be able to build connections between what they have learned in the classroom and what they do in their everyday lives. The community also provides networking opportunities for residents to meet professors and other professionals in their field of study.

Building/Floor(s): Towers Jr. Suites
Class: FTF (First Time Freshman)
Major(s): Applied Mathematics, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology (several Concentrations), Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Clinical Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geosciences, Mathematics, Mechanical engineering, Meteorology, Physics and Astrophysics, Psychology, Physiology, Statistics, Zoology

Be sure to apply for this community here. Priority consideration will be given to students that apply by June 15, 2018.