Pennsylvania Hall to Offer Leadership Living-Learning Community

Issue Date: 
August 19, 2008

For several years, Pitt’s Office of Residence Life has provided upperclassmen in residence halls with more than just a home away from home. Partnering with various academic departments, Residence Life has been introducing Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) designed to extend learning beyond the classroom.

This fall marks the introduction of a Leadership Living-Learning Community in Pennsylvania Hall. One of its attributes is a partnership with Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., whose mission is to strengthen regional leadership through programs, partnerships, and connections.

Students selected to participate in this program will have opportunities to:

• Network with community leaders through the Leadership-Community Connections Program, a collaboration between Pitt and Leadership Pittsburgh;

• Work in teams to identify campus problems and develop strategies to address them;

• Participate in monthly leadership development workshops and Leadership Chat Dinners, informal meals with industry leaders;

• Participate in a Spring Leadership Summit—also open to students from other local colleges and universities—designed to maximize leadership potential both on and off campus;

• Participate in community-based service-learning programs and initiatives;

Participate in an optional leadership service-abroad trip to Ireland during spring break 2009;

• Create personalized leadership development portfolios; and

• Receive Leadership designations on their cocurricular transcripts.

In addition, involvement in these programs can help students attain a Certificate in Leadership and Ethics within the College of Business Administration or a Leadership Certificate within the School of Arts and Sciences.

Residence Life offers 11 upperclassman LLCs as well as four first-year communities. More information is available at