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Kelsa Katzfey ’21

Starting in the fall, our residence halls will all have Residential Learning Communities as a way for students who have interests in these interdisciplinary topics to meet and get to know each other with a faculty member to talk about, go on field trips and do projects that are related to the topic!

These courses will be designed as a one-credit course for all students who are living in the halls and want to be a part of the communities.

What are RLCs?

“[These] residential communities exist to connect students to other students, to faculty, and to WSU and the Winona community so that they will find support here and graduate with us,” said Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life Sarah Olcott.

In the past, they were known as House Interest Communities and were unique to West Campus. But now everyone can join in on the fun!

And there’s no worries about the West Campus house system (which is kind of like Harry Potter!) going anywhere. The house system will remain intact and continue to provide competition and camaraderie throughout the halls.

There will now be 12 RLCs across Main and West Campus. Each building will have one or two in their hall.

Here are the different communities to choose from and the buildings they will be in!


A student runs on a treadmill in the IWC Fitness Center.

This community will be in Lourdes Hall and will focus on staying active, fit, and healthy in college. The students who are in this community will promote and practice lifestyle choices that contribute to an overall goal of health and wellness.


Career Readiness

Two female students dressed in business casual clothing

Career Readiness will be in Morey and Shepard in the Quad and focuses on the processes and skills that are needed to be successful in any future career. Here, you can explore different majors and careers to find opportunities for you to encounter.

First Generation Community

A group of students chat while sitting in the Gazebo.

In Lourdes, you will find the community specifically designed to support first generation students. These students will be given support in how to navigate college resources to help them be successful in the years to come.

Health Care-ers

Nursing students listen to an instructor demonstrate techniques.

Haake Hall provides a community for students who are interested in any health care profession. Here, you can explore career and major options, network with students and make a plan for the future. This community includes field trips and speakers to help you throughout your journey!


Global Connections

Two students high-five while MCing at the International Dinner

Global Connections in Sheehan Hall will connect students to on-campus and community-based global experiences, as well as teach them about our world and those we share it with.


Green Living

A small garden plot with plants growing

If you’re interested in making a change and care about the environment, Richards Hall in the Quad is the place for you! In this community, you will learn about green living, exploring sustainability resources and how to reduce your carbon footprint.



A member of WSU Student Senate giving a speech

Richards Hall is also home to our Leadership Residential Learning community. It will provide you with the opportunities you need to explore personal and community leadership!

Mission Living

A group of students pick up litter around town.

Maria Hall on West Campus will house a Mission Living Residential Learning community program. Here, you will be able to participate in community service and other outreach programs to help Winona State and our surrounding community.


Outdoor Adventure

Students rock climb up Sugar Loaf.

Our Outdoor Adventure Communities have two homes on campus: Maria Hall on West Campus and Sheehan Hall on Main. These communities are here to lead explorations outside in our scenic, adventure-rich region.

Sophomore Year Experience

Three WSU students perch on top of the WINONA letters installation by the lake.

Housed in Kirkland Hall, this learning community is meant to help connect second-year students who are living in the hall through career development, academic opportunities, and fun outings. This is a great opportunity for incoming transfer students as well!

Your Voice

Male student gives a presentation.

The last community is in Conway Hall in the Quad. Here, students will be able to share their thoughts on issues around social justice, equity, and human rights. It promotes positive citizenship and social justice through self-awareness, education, and new experiences.

Hopefully this walk-through of the different Residential Learning Communities on campus will help you decide which residence hall to live in. And it’s easy to join an RLC because you can select your choice as part of the overall housing application.

We can’t wait to see you on campus and in our communities next year!

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Lauren Saner

Lauren Saner graduates in 2019 with a degree in Psychology and Music Liberal Arts. She is from Rochester, MN and her hobbies include music, reading and writing.

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