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About Us

Welcome to Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts

Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts is a diverse and creative living-learning community for students interested in writing and the arts. Through our curriculum, programs, student leadership, faculty involvement, and cultural events, we hope to cultivate students' critical reading, writing, arts, and thinking skills, and promote the link between creativity and academic excellence. In the context of a supportive community, LSWA challenges students of all skill levels and academic disciplines to take initiative in shaping their intellectual talents, to work collaboratively with their peers, to make meaningful connections with faculty and staff, and to become leaders themselves.

Writing and the Arts


Students improve as critical readers, writers, and thinkers to better prepare for academic life in the University, regardless of their chosen discipline or field of study. As members of a writing community, students become familiar with the writing and revision process, develop as peer critics for their fellow students, and make use of the various writing resources available at LSWA and throughout campus, such as the Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing.


In LSWA art classes, students experience the arts directly, producing mixed media arts projects and analyzing and critiquing works of art. LSWA art courses and programming allow students to develop their skills as they develop an increased appreciation for and awareness of the visual arts.

Critical Creative Thinking Skills and Arts Literacy

Students gain benefits beyond writing and the arts as they sharpen analytical skills, learn to question their assumptions about what they see and read (or look beyond what is expected or predictable in a text or image), and ultimately express the uniqueness of their vision with clarity and insight. Students are challenged to take risks as they discover—in the world, their work, and in themselves—complexities, nuances, and unexpected possibilities. This intensive engagement with the writing and the arts offers ways of approaching studies that positively impact overall academic success. By experiencing the ways in which the arts are integrated into their community, and reflecting on the roles of artists and writers within the community, LSWA hopes to cultivate a lifelong passion for the arts.

Personal and Social Development

Diversity Awareness

LSWA embraces all students equally and provides a community which offers meaningful interactions with others. As students develop writing and art skills, they discover and reflect on their own identities, and become better able communicate their experiences. Working together as a community, students gain a greater understanding of what it means to recognize each other as individuals and accept their differences, helping them to broaden their understanding of the world and the ways in which they relate to others.


Students are encouraged to become active participants and leaders in their community, both in LSWA and throughout the University. They initiate, coordinate, promote, and attend events, and, if they choose to stay in the program in their second year, serve as role models and mentors for first-year students in the program.

Collaborative Learning and Community Building

Through classes, community projects, and shared interests, students work with and learn from their peers, and use their creative talents to influence and ultimately improve their living-learning environment. Students often choose to organize and pursue meaningful service-learning activities connected to reading, writing, and the arts, in order to improve the broader community in which they live.

Connections to Faculty

Students have many opportunities to work closely with faculty—and not just in the classroom. Working one-on-one or in small groups with LSWA faculty and seeing them in many different contexts allows students to develop important relationships with their professors and instructors and expand their intellectual life at the University.