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FDI Living Learning Community


Promote Retention and Academic Excellence
The FDI LLC will provide supplemental orientation and programming to enhance participants' knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for academic and personal success at KU.

Promote Multicultural Awareness
The FDI LLC programs and events will advance cultural awareness, create positive encounters with other cultures, encourage self-assessment of possible prejudice and facilitate the exchange of ideas around cultural diversity and social equality.

Promote Collaboration
The FDI LLC will create opportunities for collaboration and dialogue between faculty, staff, students and KU administrative offices.

Program Components

Academic Courses
There are two academic courses associated with the FDI LLC. This component of the FDI LLC will provide an academic support network for participants, facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and encourage faculty/student, student/student and faculty/faculty interactions. We require students to enroll in one or both of the courses. Fall 2015 FDI LLC Courses will be HIS 026 and ENG 023.

Group Study Session
Each week the FDI LLC holds a group study session in Lehigh Hall. A group study hall will be established that allows FDI LLC members to establish a designated time for study and encourages good study habits. Participants also have an opportunity to share lecture notes, work on projects and receive assistance in difficult courses. All FDI LLC members are required to participate in the study sessions.

Residential Living
FDI LLC students will be assigned to live in Lehigh Hall for the 2015-2016 academic school year. By living together, members will get a chance to engage other students with similar interests and high personal standards for achievement. Members will also have access to one graduate assistant assigned to the FDI LLC in the FDI office and two upperclassmen community assistants who will live on the floor and assist with any residential concerns.

Weekly Seminar
FDI LLC students will attend a mandatory weekly one hour co-curricular seminar. Each session topic will address the cohort's academic, social and cultural needs. This component of the FDI LLC will, through partnerships and outreach initiatives, provide exposure and access to KU student organizations and existing academic and social support services. Topics for discussion include, but are not limited:

    • Religious/Spiritual Identity
    • Gender Roles
    • Racial/Ethnic Identity
    • GLBTQ Concerns
    • Academic Excellence
    • Political Identity
    • Socioeconomic Status
    • Advisement

Social Events
FDI LLC students will be invited to take part in several organized social events throughout the semester. This component of the FDI LLC will promote productive leisure activities and provide an opportunity for stress release and positive social interactions.

Proposed activities include, but are not limited, to the following:

    • Movie Screenings
    • Intercultural Dining Experiences
    • Social Mixers
    • Retreats or Road Trips
    • Awards Banquet

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the FDI LLC?
The Frederick Douglass Institute Living Learning Community (FDI LLC) is a residential and academic program for Kutztown University (KU) freshmen. The program focuses specifically on promoting academic excellence, multicultural awareness and collaboration among members of the KU campus.

Who can join the FDI LLC?
Kutztown University freshmen will be placed by CASAS into the FDI LLC for the Fall 2015 semester.

Will this program fit into my major?
The courses associated with the FDI LLC were chosen to halp exploratory students learn about academic majors at KU. Please speak with your academic advisor to determine how these courses will fit into your specific course requirements.

Why should I join the FDI LLC?
Participation in the FDI LLC provides several benefits to help promote your academic and social success at KU. Here are examples:

    • Improve your GPA and increase your retention rate
    • Develop relationships with faculty, staff and other students at KU
    • Learn about your personal culture and the experiences of diverse groups of people
    • Become familiar with the KU policies and student support services
    • Ease your transition from high school to the college

What are the FDI LLC program requirements?
Students who join the FDI LLC agree to adhere to all of the following program components:

    • Be respectful of other and individual differences
    • Enroll in the FDI LLC academic courses
    • Attend weekly co-curricular seminars and group study sessions

Are there any additional fees for participating in the FDI LLC?
No. All costs for the FDI LLC are included in your KU tuition and fees.

Where can I go for more information?
Visit the FDI LLC website for detailed information or you can contact our office at