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.