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First-Year Live Lehigh Communities

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Live Lehigh First-Year Program

  • There are 9 Live Lehigh communities for first-year students to choose from.
  • Students will have the opportunity to live with and learn alongside other first-year students with similar passions and interests.
    • Eight out of the nine first-year communities live together in Dravo House, so students will also get to interact and build connections with the members of the other programs, as well as join in on their programs and events.  
    • Residents in the UMOJA community (housed in the UMOJA House) also have the opportunity live with upper class students, which provides unique opportunities for first-years to engage with upper class students.
  • Each community is led by Faculty or Staff Advisors and a Gryphon student mentor to help students become better acquainted with the University and its resources.
  • Each community will enjoy group meals, discussions, outside speakers, on-campus events, off-campus trips, and more in order to engage participants in their interests in fun and different ways outside of the traditional curriculum.
  • Each community will encourage residents to grow and develop both as students and on-campus leaders in the context of their passions, interests, and hobbies.

Are you ready to LIVE LEHIGH?

All incoming first-year students will be able to select their choice of Live Lehigh community when they complete their Housing Application, which will be available from the Office of Residential Services on May 13th.

After the Housing Application is completed, students will receive the Live Lehigh Supplemental Application in their Lehigh University email. Students will need to complete the Supplemental Application to be fully considered for their program. Please note that students interested in living in the PRIDE Community, UMOJA, or CHOICE will not have to complete the Supplemental Application.

2015-2016 Community Descriptions


ArtsAlive LogoAdvisor: Silagh White (Director, Arts Engagement & Community Relations)

The ArtsAlive community connects living and learning through the arts on campus and in the local community. Activities will include making art in a variety of activities such as drawing, pottery, digital photography, improv theater, singing, musical instruments, dance, creative writing, glass blowing, and more! The community encourages participants to explore the arts and is open to all levels of artistic ability. There will even be opportunities to see events at the Zoellner Arts Center, ArtsQuest, Banana Factory, Touchstone Theatre, Godfrey Daniels, and other venues in the Lehigh Valley, New York and Philadelphia. The community’s goal is for students to exercise their creative energy and seek inspiration in multiple experiences.

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The Creative Commons: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Community

Creative Commons LogoAdvisor: Lisa Getzler-Linn (Co-Executive Director, The Baker Institute for Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation) & Rotating Faculty Members

Google. FedEx. Facebook. Napster. College residence halls have a rich history of cultivating the ideas and collaborations necessary for the conception of many successful startups and innovations. The Creative Commons is a community of Lehigh students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines with two things in common: big ideas and the drive to make them a reality. The community’s main goal is to help residents tap into their creative energy and explore their passions in an immersive and competitive way alongside of similarly-motivated students. Through collaboration with The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship and innovators in and around Bethlehem,
CC-ers will develop their own entrepreneurial skillsets, hone their creative selves, and apply said knowledge through project-oriented programming.

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CHOICE: A Substance Free Community

Choice LogoAdvisor: Peter Costa (Director, Health Advancement & Prevention Strategies)

The CHOICE Community is an environment in which students share a common commitment to:
1. Not consume alcohol, use tobacco products, or use illegal substances in their Residence Hall;
2. Not return to their Residence Hall intoxicated or under the influence of substances.

Residents in the CHOICE community make a pledge to be responsible and respectful of their peers in order to promote a healthy living and learning environment. This is a great housing option to avoid some of the most common challenges when making the adjustment from living at home to living with others and sharing their space. CHOICE increases the likelihood of focusing on healthy living and positive social interactions. Gryphons in the community plan a wide range of fun social activities and events on a weekly basis.

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Global Lehigh

Global Lehigh LogoAdvisor: Jeanne Tan Ma (International Students & Scholars) & Jen Topp (International Services)

Global Lehigh is a vibrant community for students interested in enhancing their cross-cultural skills, knowledge of other countries and cultures, and understanding of diverse viewpoints. Students in Global Lehigh engage in activities and dialogue with diverse populations around a variety of topics including customs, traditions, politics, religions, and food. In collaboration with the Offices of International Students and Scholars and International Services, students will participate in a variety of events and activities that explore current world events and international perspectives, preparing them for leadership roles in a global community.

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Live Learn Serve LogoAdvisor: Kate Colyer (Assistant Director, Community Service Office)

The LIVE.LEARN.SERVE. community aims to shape participants into leaders and active citizens through the implementation of community service programs at Lehigh and in the Greater Bethlehem Community. Regardless of their current level of involvement in volunteer activities, the community’s main goals for participants are to gain a greater appreciation of the Lehigh community and the local Bethlehem community; to provide participants with different ways to become involved in volunteer activities while gaining leadership experience by planning and leading their own service events; and to have participants view their communities in different ways, see the needs present within them, and find the various methods to  address those community needs.

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Nosh, Nourish, & Nutrition

Nosh, Nourish, & Nutrition LogoAdvisor: Carrie Gerencher, RD LDN (On Site Dietitian, Lehigh Dining Services)

The Nosh, Nourish, & Nutrition community promotes a healthy lifestyle through nutrition education, hands on cooking classes, special topic dinners and/or snacks, and food awareness/appreciation at Lehigh University and around the Bethlehem community. A healthy lifestyle promotes better performance in academics, athletics and overall health.  Students will participate in a variety of activities such as collaborative nutrition education, healthy cooking with the dietitian, and tasting and experiencing what Bethlehem restaurants have to offer.  They will be able to explore their passion and interest in food and nutrition with a group of similarly passionate students.

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Outdoor Adventure Community

Outdoor Adventure LogoAdvisor: Matt Kitchie, Aarsenio Perry & Andrea Barker (Office of Student Activities),

The Outdoor Adventure community promotes outdoors sports, activities, and responsible stewardship of our natural resources. Hall/Floor activities will appeal to a variety of interests and skill levels, from weekend camping trips to hiking and skiing to themed movie nights - the choice is yours! The community goal is for individuals with a shared interest in nature to join together in outdoor activities and adventures, and to develop and spread their values of responsible management of our beautiful outdoor spaces and resources.

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STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

STEM LogoAdvisors: Vassie Ware and Neal Simon (Professors, Department of Biological Sciences)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics, or STEM--most see challenges, you see opportunities. The STEM living community will add special educational experiences to your living environment to help you succeed and make the most of varied campus opportunities that can distinguish your education.  Supported in part by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the STEM living community will develop students for leadership roles in their chosen field. STEM housing features programming with experts, peer-to-peer mentoring, and close faculty advising for residents. The living environment is one part of a comprehensive commitment to the STEM student community. Be exceptional, be part of the STEM community.

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UMOJA LogoAdvisor: Angela Scott (Director, Academic Diversity & Outreach)

The UMOJA community is housed in the UMOJA House, also affectionately known as the U-House. The U-House was originally established to enhance the campus atmosphere for underrepresented students of color at Lehigh University. The UMOJA community offers a safe, comfortable, and pleasurable residential environment for ANY first-year or upper class student who values multiculturalism. The Offices of Residence Life and Multicultural Affairs work together to make the UMOJA House a hot spot for celebrating diversity. The Swahili word 'Umoja' is translated as 'Unity' in English.

Additionally, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Diversity will collaborate with faculty and other offices from across the four colleges and university, to develop academic themes that will advance research, scholarship, and service in the UMOJA community. This proposed model is designed to sustain and advance a vibrant and great academic and residential experience for students living in the community.

Photography courtesy of Christa Neu & Ryan Hulvat / Lehigh University Communications + Public Affairs