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First Year Live Lehigh Communities

Live Lehigh First-Year Program

  • There are five Live Lehigh communities for first-year students to choose from. The 2014 - 2015 communities are:
  • Students will have the opportunity to live with and learn alongside other first-year students with similar passions and interests. All five communities are housed together, 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.
  • Each community is led by a Faculty or Staff Advisor and a Gryphon student mentor, to help students become better acquainted with the University and its resources while exploring their passions.
  • 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 students to grow and develop as students and on-campus leaders in the context of their passions, interests. and hobbies.

Apply for Live Lehigh through the May Housing Application!

2014-2015 Community Descriptions

The Creative Commons: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Community

Advisor: Lisa Getzler-Linn (The Baker Institute for Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation) & Rotating Faculty Members

Facebook. FedEx. Def Jam Records. Napster. College residence halls have a long history of playing host to the ideas and collaborations necessary for the conception of many successful small businesses, 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 and interests in new and different ways alongside a group of similarly-motivated students. Through collaboration with The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, community members will interact with a range of innovators in and around Bethlehem and develop their own entrepreneurial skills in the process.

During 2014-2015, the Creative Commons Live Lehigh Community will be housed in Dravo House.


Global Lehigh

Advisor: 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 Office of International Students and Scholars, 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.

During 2014-2015, the Global Lehigh Live Lehigh Community will be housed in Dravo House.






Advisor: Carolina Hernandez (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.

During 2014-2015, the Live.Learn.Serve. Live Lehigh Community will be housed in Dravo House.



Intersecting Identities: Empowering Difference Through Leadership

Advisor: Trish Boyles (Advocacy & Equity - LGBTQIA Services)

Business and non-profit leaders across the nation have indicated that intercultural skills, ethical judgment, and a sophisticated understanding of the diversity of our society are as important as the chosen major of college graduates when making hiring decisions. The Intersecting Identities community aims to help participants develop these inclusive leadership skills for working with diverse groups on campus and beyond. Participants in Intersecting Identities will explore their own identity and the identity of others (including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, and ability) in an effort to expand their capacity for leadership. The experience will include facilitated dialogue, student-driven activities, and collaborative programing and work with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Women's Center, LGBTQIA Services, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies and the Office of Student Leadership Development.

During 2014-2015, the Intersecting Identities Live Lehigh Community will be housed in Dravo House.


Outdoor Adventure Community

Advisors: Matt Kitchie (Office of Student Activities), Aarsenio Perry (Office of Student Activities), Andrea Barker (Office of Student Activities), Alumni Advisor: Carmen LaMacchia '14

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.

During 2014-2015, the Outdoor Adventure Live Lehigh Community will be housed in Dravo House.




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