Living Learning Communities

The LLC program offers students a supportive environment for their academic programs, direct faculty connections and mentoring, early exposure to real-world opportunities, and alumni connections in their field of study.

Additionally, the LLC program focuses on ensuring that students meet others with similar interests, form lasting friendships, create a sense of ownership for their community, forge connections across the campus, and participate in programs that develop skills and broaden experiences.

Champions of Character (CC)

Champions of Character is a male LLC dedicated to helping students live out the five core values of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA Champions of Character); Integrity, Respect, Sportsmanship, Responsibility, and Servant Leadership. Students will learn how to apply these ethical values inside and outside of the classroom and court.

Any & All Academic Majors: Human Resource Management, Management, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Applied Philosophy, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Film Studies, Finance, International Studies, Journalism, Religious Studies

D.I.V.E. (Diversity, Inclusion, Values, & cultural Exploration)

This female LLC focuses on helping students coexist with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Students in this LLC will explore international cultures, the importance of inclusion, and values-based approaches to positive interactions with individuals different from themselves. Students will engage in programming that explores cultural traditions and expectations for women and the impact stereotypes have on women and other like-groups. 

Academic Majors: Art, Education, English, Film Studies, History, International Studies, Music, Spanish, Religious Studies, Sociology, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Human Resource Management, Journalism, Public Relations, Writing (as well as students interested in studying abroad)

Future Alumni Members (FAM)

Welcome to the Mount Mercy FAM! Students in this LLC will learn the fundamentals of getting towards graduation. This LLC will have active career exploration for students undecided on a major as well as students who are interested in exploring various ways to use their academic program in their future careers.  Students will engage in programming that will develop professional skill sets and challenge them to think outside of the box in regards to career options.

Academic Majors: Any & All Academic Majors including: Interdisciplinary Visual Arts & Business Program, Mathematics, Music, Outdoor Conservation, Political Science, & Pre-Professional Programs

Honors & Academic Excellence (HAE)

Students in this LLC will work directly with the advisor for the Mount Mercy Honors Program as well as representatives from the Academic Center for Excellence. These students will receive the attention necessary for success in their academic programs. This LLC is open, but not limited to, students interested in taking honors courses and/or joining the MMU Honors Program. 

Academic Majors: Any & All Academic Majors including: English, Journalism, Mathematics, Political Science, Spanish, & Writing

Lifestyles of Mercy (LM)

This female LLC is centered on the values of Mercy (lifelong learning and education of the whole person, pursuit of truth & dignity, commitment to students, justice, gratitude, hospitality, and service). Students throughout the year will be encouraged to encompass and live out these values daily. Programming will implement these core values and put into practice the mission of Mount Mercy University. 

Academic Majors: Any & All Academic Majors including: Religious Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Education, Applied Philosophy, Art, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, History, Human Resource Management, International Studies, Journalism

Mustangs in Action (MIA)

This male LLC is definitely not missing in action! Students in the MIA LLC will actively seek opportunities to get involved on campus, attend campus events on a regular basis together, and step outside of their comfort zone in order to take advantage of learning opportunities.  These students will promote campus activities and events to their peers and help get more Mustangs actively engaged in what's going on at Mount Mercy.

Academic Majors: Communication Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Film Studies, Human Resource Management, Management, International Studies, Journalism, Marketing, Multimedia Design, Public Relations

50 Shades of GREEN

Students in this LLC will learn 50 plus ways to be sustainable, eco-friendly, and GREEN. Mount Mercy University is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and provides opportunities for students to become integrated in the mission and efforts of AASHE. Mount Mercy’s Presidential Climate Commitment Plan will be the focus of this LLC and will include fun & engaging GREEN programming.

Academic Majors: Communication Studies, Education, English, Film Studies, Finance, History, International Studies, Journalism, Marketing, Outdoor Conservation, Public Relations

Wellness for Life (W4L) 

The Wellness for Life LLC will have programming centered on healthy habits and “what to do when…” in regards to emergency health responses.  Additionally the LLC will focus on various health initiatives from the Blue Zone Project; Cedar Rapids, IA has recently been named a Blue Zone city for efforts in creating and sustaining a healthy community.  This LLC will set the bar for healthy living and create projects and programs encouraging peers to live a healthy lifestyle and keep up with their own personal health and safety.

Academic Majors: Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Criminal Justice, Education, Finance, History, Mathematics, Outdoor Conservation, Psychology

Community Engagement & Outreach (CEO)
SOPHOMORES ONLY

Community Engagement & Outreach is a LLC focused on helping students take on the “CEO” role in regards to working to help others in need.  Students will learn to take the initiative in making a difference and will engage in servant leadership and community service programming.

Academic Majors: Applied Philosophy, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Film Studies, Finance, History, Human Resource Management, International Studies, Journalism, Marketing, Outdoor Conservation, Public Relations, Writing