HOUSING

Themed Living Community (TLC)

California State University, Northridge offers several themed living communities (TLCs) from which to choose. In the TLCs, participants are not drawn from a specific recognized major but rather are students who unite around a special theme. Each community presents its own scheduled events, academic support and social activities. Each TLC features a resident advisor, who is a member of the community, and a steering committee drawing from students, faculty, Student Housing staff and other campus staff. In this highly collaborative structure, students drive their communities, set priorities, plan activities and identify opportunities to improve their academic and personal growth. 

If you are a first-time freshman in an TLC, you will be participating in the mandatory Getting Residents Excited About Tomorrow (G.R.E.A.T) Escape orientation. The G.R.E.A.T. Escape has a special move-in day just for freshmen.

Research shows that students who participate in TLCs are more academically successful and adjust better to college life. If you are interested in residing in one of the TLCs below, you can apply during your housing application.

VOICE TLC

V.O.I.C.E. Themed Living Community logo

The Valuing Opportunities in Cultural Education (VOICE) Themed Living Community fosters cultural education among residential students. Each student in this TLC has a voice and an opportunity to further his or her academic and personal development by investigating identity issues related to himself or herself and others. With assistance and encouragement from partners in The Office of Residential Life, Student Housing and the university, students receive a learning curriculum that connects them to the campus and surrounding community.

Cultural classes

The VOICE residents must register for one cultural class per semester in one of the following departments: sociology, physiology, women studies, Jewish studies, Chicana and Chicano studies and Africana studies. You can also check with the VOICE coordinator if you are unsure whether a class fits the criteria.

Residential leadership

The VOICE community offers a residential leadership position in the form of an internship in assisting the resident advisors with programming and community morale. Each resident engages in educational and developmental intercultural dialogue. Residents can become involved in their local and national community through service. In addition, residents can attend an interactive and dynamic social justice conference at California State University, Fullerton. If you are interested in being a VOICE leader, fill out an application and review some testimonials for past student leaders’ experiences.

"With Our Voices" podcast

“With Our Voices” is a podcast series featuring some of  VOICE student leaders who are members of the grassroots committee or student interns. The podcasts discuss a variety of issues. It is important to note that the opinions expressed in the recordings represent the thoughts and ideas of the speaking individuals who do not speak on behalf of the university. The podcast offers a glimpse into multicultural dialogues about difficult subjects. The goal of the podcasts is not to offend anyone but to humbly offer civic discourse and inspire others to begin their own conversations. 

With Our Voice: Justice for all podcast link (mp3)

SW2AGA

Seeing Ways We All Get Along (SW2AGA) is a program that was created by the 2011-2012 VOICE interns Sherry Butler and Elyne Woods. The purpose behind the program is giving people the opportunity to share their personal stories and history while simultaneously exploring different identities, cultures and themes of social justice.

For more information about the kinds of VOICE programs, please review the promotional PowerPoint and the video below.

Also, check out the Tumblr page created by the 2012-2013 media intern Stephanie Bonilla!

For questions or more information regarding the VOICE TLC, please contact Student Housing
 at (818) 677-2587
 or the VOICE TLC coordinator Franklin Ellis at franklin.ellis@csun.edu or 818- 677-6113.

Living Above the Influence TLC

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The Living above the Influence Themed Living Community brings together students who desire to live in an environment free from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. While CSUN Student Housing prohibits the use of tobacco and drugs in all residential units and permits alcohol consumption only by students who are of legal drinking age, members of this TLC have committed to not using any tobacco, alcohol or drugs in this living environment, or being under the influence of these substances (after using or imbibing elsewhere) in the TLC.

Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to participate in community service, internships and social activities designed to let you explore your relationships with the people around you. Activities and opportunities are supported by outstanding university staff such as our campus wellness coach and a resident advisor, who has been specially selected and trained to provide the resources you may need to be successful at CSUN.

The Living above the Influence community gives you the opportunity to be a member of a group that shares some of your identity and your own desire for academic success, while supporting your personal growth.

Requirements for participation

  • Complete an application and contract for campus housing for the upcoming academic year.
  • Commit to not using any tobacco, alcohol or drugs in the living environment and further agree not to return to the TLC under the influence of these substances.

Space is limited and will be allotted to students who are qualified and in order of the receipt date of all application materials.

If you have questions or would like more information regarding the Living above the Influence community, please contact Student Housing 
at 
(818) 677-2587 or Kevin Villalta, the Living above the Influence coordinator, at kevin.villalta@csun.edu
 or (818) 677-6120.

Matasphere TLC

Matasphere Themed Learning Community logo

The Matasphere Themed Living Community brings together students who are interested in sustainability and environmental conservation to plan and implement efforts to reduce waste and consumption in Student Housing. Residents will be on the front lines of sustainability efforts in the residence halls and engage with community partners on new practices and programs to conserve resources.

Residents who live in the Matasphere will pave the way for reduced energy consumption in Student Housing and role model responsible behaviors and practices to limit excess waste.

Space is limited and will be allotted to students who are qualified and in order of the receipt date of all application materials.

If you have questions or would like more information regarding Matasphere, please contact Student Housing at
 (818) 677-2587 or Matasphere coordinator Randy Lesko at randy.lesko@csun.edu
 or (818) 677-6115.

MATA+MORE TLC

MATA+MORE Themed Living Community logo
The MATA+MORE Themed Living Community (TLC) brings together students who are in their second year of college in a supportive and fun environment where you will find others who are in your same year of college. The second year of college can often be a difficult for many students. During your first year there was a great deal of support and guidance for you and you probably had some less difficult classes. In the second year, that support often tends to dissipate and leave you feeling like you should have it all figured out. Classes also become more challenging in the second year and beyond.

Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to participate in community service, internship and social activities designed to let you explore your relationships with the people around you.

Activities and opportunities are supported by outstanding university staff, including a resident advisor who is specially selected and trained to provide the resources you will need to be successful at CSUN.

The MATA+MORE TLC gives you the opportunity to be a member of a group that shares some of your identity and your own desire for academic success, all while supporting your personal growth.

Requirements for participation

  • Complete an application and contract for campus housing for the upcoming academic year.
  • Be a second year college student.

Space is limited and will be allotted to students who are qualified and in order of the receipt date of all application materials. 

If you have questions or would like more information regarding the second year experience MATA+MORE TLC, please contact Student Housing
 at (818) 677-2587
 or the MATA+MORE TLC coordinator Betty Arias at 
 
 or (818) 677-8188.