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Student Directed Learning Communities
The SDLC program mobilizes student leaders who are committed to a life of cultivating positive change in their communities. Student Directed Learning Communities (SDLCs) are diverse teams of motivated students who work with community partners (local organizations) and learning mentors (faculty and staff members) to engage the strengths and navigate the challenges of a community in ways that are empowering, collaborative, and sustainable. Learn more here.
Frequently Asked Questions: Applying for an SDLC
When do I apply? Applications for SDLCs 2.0 and 3.0 have closed! Residence Life will send invitations to successful SDLC teams in early February, and first-year students will have the opportunity to apply for the SDLC 1.0 program over the summer. Aspiring teams who are not invited into the SDLC program for the 2019-2020 academic year will have the opportunity to participate fully in the housing selection process at that time.
How do I apply? All successful applicants will be in good standing with the College, demonstrate a commitment to a full year of SDLC service, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants are encouraged to read the SDLC fast facts guide, which shares background information on SDLC branches (1.0, 2.0, and 3.0), offers suggestions for community partners, and provides details about living in an SDLC. The SDLC application has two parts - make sure to complete both! Part 1 must be completed by each student who applies to live in an SDLC. Part 2 must be completed by each team that applies to live in an SDLC. The team application features a virtual interview requirement for all aspiring SDLC 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 teams.
Does my housing lottery number impact my chances of being selected as an SDLC team member? SDLC applications are reviewed without consideration of housing lottery number.
Does my response to the housing intention survey impact my chances of being selected as an SDLC team member? SDLC applications are reviewed without consideration of the housing intention survey.
I am a junior or senior. Will my SDLC application impact my eligibility for housing in Hackman or Schreiber? All SDLC applicants who are rising juniors or seniors are encouraged to pursue eligibility for housing in Hackman or Schreiber, regardless of whether they are selected as SDLC team members. Their participation in the SDLC process does not impact their eligibility for housing in Hackman or Schreiber. Dates for the housing selection process can be found on the residence life website.
We are applying to be an SDLC 2.0 or 3.0 team. Do we apply for a specific house? Residence Life facilitates virtual or in-person house tours for SDLC 2.0 and 3.0 teams later in the spring semester (following the SDLC selection process). Teams will have the opportunity to share their preferences for specific houses at that time.
I am studying abroad. Can I still apply? Yes! Notify us by email (email@example.com) and we will work with you through the application process.
How much will I pay for housing as an SDLC member? SDLC 1.0 team members pay the standard rate for living in a traditional residence hall room. SDLC 2.0 and 3.0 team members pay the standard rate for living in an Independent Living Unit (ILU). An updated list of annual housing prices is available on the business office website.
We are applying to be an SDLC 2.0 or 3.0 team, but we have not been able to confirm our Community Partner. What do we do? SDLC 2.0 and 3.0 applicants are asked to provide basic information about their intended project and Community Partner during the application process (to the degree that it is available). However, teams may need to change details about their project (or change their project entirely!) as projects are developed, and that's okay! Adaptability and collaboration are key at this stage of the process. If your team believes that you may need to switch Community Partners or modify your intended project, we encourage you to have a few backup plans in mind.
We have tried to complete a virtual interview using the SDLC application form, but it will not upload. What do we do? If your file is too large to submit to the application form, your team can email a completed virtual interview to firstname.lastname@example.org. Teams may also upload a virtual interview to any google drive account, choose the "share" feature, and send to reslife@etown.
Who are the current Community Partners for 2018-2019?
|SDLC 2.0 Name||Community Partner||Theme|
|A Helping Hand||Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown||Poverty|
Elizabethtown Childcare Center & East High Elementary School
|FARMily||CATRA||Animal rescue and services/ Physical Health & Disabilities|
|Fostering the Future||Todd's Angels||Youth & child services|
|Juniors Helping Seniors 2.0||GEARS/ Elizabethtown Area Senior Center||Senior Services|
|Seniors for Scouts||Girl Scouts||Youth & child services|
|The Artbox||Caitlin's Smiles||Physical health & youth services|
|The Lionesses||Shalom House||Female empowerment|
|Wonder Women||Girls on the Run||Female empowerment & mental health|
|Youth & Culture||Masonic Children's Home||Youth & child services|