Student Directed Learning Communities

 

Student Directed Learning Communities exist to develop engaged student leaders who are committed to a life of creating positive change through community, education, and service.

 

2017-2018 2.0 SDLCs

 

SDLC 2.0 Application (CLOSED)            SDLC 2.0 Handbook           Service Topics & Community Partners            Sample Projects
SDLC 1.0 Application (Closed)            SDLC 1.0 Handbook

 

2018-2019 Application Timeline

Date

Item

January 16 Applications available online
January 21 Attend the Servant Leadership Summit (strongly recommended)
February 2 Applications due by 5:00 PM
February 15 - 21 Interviews with Advisory Committee
February 23 Results announced
March 2 Acceptances Due
TBD Spring Orientation, House Tour, & House Selection
May 4 Learning Mentor Selection Due (SDLC 2.0 only)

*Timeline is subject to change.

Applicant Qualifications

  • SDLC 2.0 applicants must be rising third or fourth year students
  • SDLC 1.0 applicants must be rising second year students
  • Able to commit to a full academic year in the SDLC program
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at time of application (must maintain while in program)
  • In good disciplinary standing with the College
  • SDLC 2.0 applicants must apply in a group of 3-5 students (most SDLCs house 4 students)
  • SDLC 1.0 applicants must apply in a group of 4 students

 

SDLCs 2.0

 The 44 students in the SDLC 2.0 program live in 11 college-owned houses around the perimeter of the campus. Through this program, students are able to participate in “transformative educational experiences that cultivate personal strengths and develop a passion for lifelong learning and purposeful life work” (Mission, Elizabethtown College).  This learning opportunity is designed to allow students to cultivate their personal strengths and passions through direct service experiences in the local community. Students will engage with program participants, faculty and staff members, and community service partners that will foster their academic, personal, and professional growth in preparation for lifelong purposeful life work. 

Live

  • Practice independent living in College-owned houses
  • Uphold all College Conduct & Residential Living policies
  • Actively build positive relationships with housemates, SDLC program participants, and Community Service Partners

Learn

  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Attend Orientation in the fall semester
  • Participate in regular reflection
  • Prepare and give a 10-minute presentation with you housemates (April)

Serve

  • Design a service project connected to a specific topic (fall)
  • Complete 8 hours of service in the fall and 16 hours of service in the spring semester
  • Participate in Into the Streets (October) and Into the Campus (April)

 

SDLCs 1.0

Second Year students are invited to embrace our “Educate for Service” motto and live in a Brinser Suite (ILU) with 3 friends who are also committed to serving the community.  Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to work with local agencies to get a better understanding of community needs and how they can be met. 16 students (4 groups) will be accepted into the SDLC 1.0 program.

Live

  • Practice independent living in Brinser suites
  • Uphold all College Conduct & Residential Living policies
  • Actively build positive relationships with housemates, SDLC program participants, and Community Service Partners

Learn

  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Attend Orientation in the fall semester
  • Participate in regular reflection

Serve

  • Participate in service with four different community partners throughout the year 
  • Complete 16 hours of service each semester
  • Participate in Into the Streets (October) and Into the Campus (April)

Good to Know

  • The SDLC 2.0 program is open to third- and fourth-year students.
  • Currently, up to 44 students will be awarded places in the SDLC 2.0 program.
  • Students who have participated in the SDLC 1.0 program will receive priority in the application process for the SDLC 2.0 program.
  • All SDLCs are independent living units (ILUs). Please visit the Business Office Website for more information regarding housing costs.
  • All SDLC applicants MUST register for a lottery number when they become available.
  • The SDLC 3.0 program is open to groups of seniors who have all successfully completed the 2.0 program.