Student Directed Learning Communities (SDLCs) at Elon are groups of students residing in the same residential area who are connected thematically by sharing a common interest or passion. Students in these communities commit to exploring this passion or topic as a cohort (8-14 students) while planning events and initiatives to reach out to the greater campus and Elon community. Students are invited to create a proposal for a new idea or explore one of the current communities.

What you need to know:

  • Students are connected through the theme/ focus for the group.
  • The selected groups are provided a budget to support their planned programs and initiatives.
  • One to two students within the community serve as the Program Coordinator(s) for the Student Directed Communities. Program Coordinators are responsible for working directly with Residence Life Staff on the successful execution of the community’s goals.

How do I propose a new Student Directed Learning Community?

Do you and your friends share a common interest or passion? Would you like to meet new people who share that passion? Are you interested in living in a cohort made and designed by you and living in premier on-campus housing? Then, you should consider a Student Directed Learning Community (SDLC).  Students are encouraged to explore new ideas by submitting a proposal to the Living Learning Community Advisory Council.* Proposals are due on January 5, 2018. The Proposal form for new Student Directed Communities can be found here.

*Please note incoming first year students are not permitted to propose student directed communities.

How do I apply to participate in a Student Directed Learning Community?

Students wishing to apply for a current Student Directed Learning Community* can complete an application here. For information on our current communities please check out their webpages. *If you wish to apply for the Hall for Change SDLC, this SDLC has a specific application that must be completed. Please visit the Hall for Change webpage to find their application.

Student Directed Learning Communities for 2018-2019

Hall for Change – a Community Committed to Social Justice – Open to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students, Colonnades building A, 2nd floor. For more information, please contact student Amy Belfer.

Outdoor Leadership – open to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students, Oaks Neighborhood. For more information please contact student Harrison Geho or Joshua Cadorette.

Best Life: Health and Wellness – open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students, Trollinger House. For more information contact Kara Redcay or Quinn Martin.

Cultural and International Immersion – Open to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students, Oaks Neighborhood. For more information contact Yann Martail or Chloe Dardenne.

What is expected of the Student Program Coordinator(s) for a Student Directed Learning Community?

The Student Program Coordinator for a Student Directed Learning Community is an integral position that provides guidance to the cohort to execute its goals and serves a liaison to the Residence Life department. The expectation for Student Directed Learning Communities is that all students in the community take a role in the vision and implementation of the communities goals while the program coordinator serves as the main point of contact within the community.


  • Work with the community to coordinate events and initiatives connected to the communities theme and focus
  • Oversee the recruitment and selection of current students wishing to apply for the community
  • Solidify a faculty or staff advisor who will provide support for the content area of the community. This advisor will not lead the SDLC but provide additional support.
  • Responsible for periodical check-ins with the Associate Director of Residence Life for Residence Education and Community Development
  • Maintain Phoenix Connect Page for the Student Directed Learning Community
  • Maintain the community budget and expenses ensure proper spending procedures are enforced