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Blugold Beginnings LLC

A community for students of color

Blugold Beginnings provides a supportive cultural environment for students of color to live and learn together as a community while taking classes together, participating in programming, and developing a sense of community among the LLC students. 

As a member of the LLC, you will engage with the OMA and Blugold Beginnings office staff and student service coordinators, and develop relationships with upperclassman mentors who are located on the first floor of Centennial Hall.

Blugold Beginnings

Programs + events

As a community, you will have the opportunity to participate in early move-in jumpstart, monthly gatherings including guest speakers, workshops and all campus and local community programming. You will notice frequent announcements of opportunities in the building to interact with the staff and students in your hall. 

Living and Learning

Blugold Beginnings LLC is housed in Sutherland Hall on the Second Floor. This floor also has a living room space for the LLC.

Students in the community are required to enroll in GEN 100, Foundations for Academic Success and RELS 100, Introduction to the Religions of the World for Fall Semester.

Cohort learning connects you to the support of peers and faculty. If you need help with an assignment or want to discuss your evolving career goals, you can easily connect with your cohort. You can also turn to your cohort for encouragement when you need it.

I have been able to make so many connections through Blugold Beginnings — there are many great people who want to see students succeed and who will go the extra mile for us as advocates and mentors.

Kristie Ash Blugold Beginnings member
Blugold Beginnings students having fun


The Blugold Beginnings Living Learning Community is supported by its assistant director, Rochelle Hoffman; an associate student services coordinator, Vaj Fue Lee; as well as RAs and student interns.

Who can participate?

Participants of the Blugold Beginnings LLC are first-year students who identify as students of color.

How do I join the Blugold Beginnings LLC?

Apply to join a Living Learning Community through your Housing Portal. On the LLC page, indicate which of the communities you prefer.

Blugold Beginnings LLC members must sign a contract stating they will contribute to a positive and inclusive environment, fully participate in the community and fulfill the following requirements. To receive more information on the Blugold Beginnings LLC, submit this form.

  • Attend early move-in Jumpstart event
  • Enroll in General Arts & Sciences 100: Foundations to Academic Success
  • Enroll in RELS 100: Introduction to the Religions of the World
  • Meet with a Department Cohort Coordinator twice a semester
  • Meet with an intern mentor monthly
  • Attend monthly LLC Cohort events
  • Attend mandatory study club sessions once a week

Pro tip! If you are in a roommate group, make sure your roommate(s) indicate the same LLC preferences on their housing application. Otherwise, you will not be placed in the LLC.