Leadership Learning Community


Learning . . . Living . . . Exploring

Do you get involved with friends and in activities easily?  Do you wish you were more able to get involved and have a voice?  Are you interested in learning strong leadership practices?  The Leadership Learning Community is for both experienced and new leaders who want to learn and practice skills that will help make them more effective in whatever they do.  Whether you have been a leader in high school or you want to expand your interests into new areas at college, the  Leadership Learning Community will help you -

  • Form and articulate goals - for college and life beyond college
  • Learn to make choices that further your goals
  • Explore ways of managing your time, listening to others, and resolving conflict
  • Consider exemplary leadership practices for student leaders

In the Leadership Learning Community you will --

  • Take a specially-designated section of the humanities seminar Augustine and Culture (ACS) for a full academic year with other students in Leadership.  This course focuses on the question "Who Am I" in relation to leadership skills and styles
  • Participate in a one-credit workshop style class that meets weekly in the residence hall, called Villanova Experience (VEXP), which will explore:
    • An active approach to leadership in which students learn and practice valuable life-lessons
    • Students' values and styles of communication, conflict resolution, and working with others in order to help them become more effective
    • Students' leadership skills and styles, and engage in group projects to further their own skills
    • Opportunities to work in small groups
  • Live together in St. Monica Hall on south campus  
  • Elect to participate in specially designed lectures and themed meals centered on the texts they read in ACS; enjoy a meal with their classmates at their professor's home; attend cultural events such as plays or films on campus or in nearby theaters; and even take a trip to the Gettysburg battlefield after reading the private papers of Lee and Lincoln.

"Becoming part of the leadership community was the second best decision I've made, right behind my decision to come to Villanova. The Experience helps ease the transition into college. It was here where I met my first friends on campus, and the Experience became my catalyst into the Villanova community. Learning Communities open students' eyes to real-world issues and brings these topics beyond the classroom, and back into the residence hall. In the Villanova Experience you get to live with people who have similar interests and goals as you. When I think of "Villanova," I will forever think of my leadership community, which helped transform me from a high school senior into a college freshmen."
---Elizabeth Brennen, Class of 2013

Being in Leadership means ...

Professors who are committed to learning in and out of class

Dynamic weekly conversations with your classmates about issues that matter

Community within your hall ... strong friendships that last a lifetime

Connections to faculty, administrators, Junior or Senior students, campus life, and your own classmates

Develop your leadership abilities

Become more effective personally and in your interactions with others

Aspire to be a leader on campus

Be part of a dynamic and engaged community both in and out of the classroom 


About the Community

Students selected will be enrolled in designated sections of ACS and of VEXP that correspond to their Learning Community theme, along with the appropriate housing assignment.  Learning Communities are open to all first-year students in all colleges.  The one-credit VEXP class is an addition to the normal course load, and runs from the beginning of Fall semester until Spring Break.  It is designed not to interfere with other academic requirements.