West Campus House Interest Community

Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) at Winona State are a dynamic opportunity to interact with faculty, other students and the Winona community right from their residence hall.

It's a great option for students who appreciate experiential learning around a topic they would like to explore, while meeting a lot of friends along the way.

RLC communities are interdisciplinary, educational experiences coordinated around a 1 credit class (OR 201). These classes are about 20 students. Together the students and faculty instructor participate in activities coordinated through the class. The classes are meant to be highly experiential with discussions, guest speakers and field trips.

You are encouraged to share what you've learned and experienced in the RLC communities with the people in your residence hall through programs or educational campaigns.

If you are interested in joining a community, please fill out the interest page on your Housing Application. If you would like more information, please contact Sarah Olcott at SOlcott@winona.edu.

Are you active or want to be? Activators is a community of students who want to stay active, fit and healthy while in college. Located in Lourdes Hall, this community will promote & practice life style choices that contribute to the goal of total wellness.


What you will do:

You will stay active and encourage your community to stay active while exploring knowledge and practice of Health and Wellness. Possible activities include participating in 5Ks, healthy life style tracking and getting outside with your community.


Where you will live:

This community is located in Lourdes Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC. .


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Supporting first generation college students is critical to their success. If neither of your parents completed a bachelor's degree, then you are a first generation college students.

This RLC offers support on how to navigate college, learn resources and be successful.


What you will do:

With guidance from our dedicated faculty, you will be prepped for success as a first year student. In this community you will get your questions answered, connect with other students who share common experiences and explore Winona and WSU together. .


Where you will live:

This Community is located in Lourdes Hall.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Everyone has leadership potential! Use the Leadership RLC to explore your personal and community leadership by enhancing your skills and abilities.

This community will help you on your journey as a leader in the Winona State community and beyond. This RLC is committed to building strong leaders and creating change in our community.


What you will do:

You will push your personal leadership by challenging yourself in and out of the classroom. You will learn about your leadership style, how to better communicate and listen while meeting new people and having fun.


Where you will live:

This Community is located in Richards Hall, which is part of the Quad. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Find your voice and share thoughts on issues around social justice, equity and human rights with a community to help guide you.

This RLC promotes positive citizenship and social justice through self-awareness, education and new experiences. Get the support you need to find your voice.


What you will do:

You will explore social issues affecting our world and our campus through discussions, field trips and guest speakers. With the guidance and support of your community, you will be able to identify your passions, develop your message and impact our community.


Where you will live:

This Community is located in Conway Hall, which is part of the Quad. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Everyone needs help preparing for their future careers. This community is dedicated to the process and skills needed to be successful in any career.

College is an exploration of new ideas, concepts and information. If you are ready for that journey, but not sure where it will take you, this Residential Learning Community is exactly what you need.

Explore choices of major, career, and life in general to find the opportunities that await you.


What you will do:

With guidance from our dedicated faculty, you will be prepared for success regardless of your intended field of study. In this community you will explore your own skills, strengths and passions through classroom discussions, inventories, field trips and guest speakers.


Where you will live:

This Community is located in both Morey and Shepard Halls, which are part of the Quad. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Interested in health care professions? This community will help you explore options, network with other students and a make a plan for the future.

Different options for healthcare careers will be discussed and explored through field trips and speakers. Developing general professional skills strategies for all health care areas will be explored.


What you will do:

With guidance from our dedicated faculty, you will be prepped for success in any healthcare field. Topics explored will be gaining experience for your resume, connecting you to community resources, getting academic help and having your questions answered.


Where you will live:

This community is located in Haake Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Care about your environment and want to see change in your community? This community will learn about green living, explore sustainability and how to reduce your footprint.

By networking with community sustainability folks, you will further your knowledge and what it means to be “green.”


What you will do:

You will learn about the Winona ecosystem and how you can live more sustainably while here at WSU. You will explore local and sustainable eating practices, visit local green business and meet others who can expand your knowledge and practice of green principles.


Where you will live:

This community is located in Haake Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Our mission at WSU is to improve our world on our campus and in our community. This RLC is for students who want to engage in community service and outreach programs that help WSU and the greater Winona community.

If you like to help others and meet new people along the way, this could be the community for you!


What you will do:

You will plan and execute community service projects at WSU and in the Winona community. Possible outreaches could include Habitat for Humanity, service to children, causes and tailor-made service planned by the community members.


Where you will live:

This community is located in Maria Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

If you like to have a great time in the outdoors, you are in luck! Winona has so many places to venture outside and this community give you the means and friends to go along.


What you will do:

You will get outside and explore the Mississippi River Valley where you live through biking, hiking and climbing in the bluffs. Along the way, you will learn about our natural environment, develop leadership skills and challenge yourself physically and mentally.


Where you will live:

There are two Outdoor RLCs located in Sheehan Hall and Maria Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Explore and learn about our world and who lives in it! Students will be connected to on campus and community based global experiences.

This RLC will offer you opportunities to broaden your awareness right here in Winona and give you the tools to share those experiences with your fellow students.

There may also be opportunities to live with an international student.


What you will do:

You will attend cultural events, movies and activities at Winona State and around the Winona area. You will explore new cultures, learn from new people and expand your knowledge-base through experience.


Where you will live:

This community is located in Sheehan Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

The Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) community will help you maximize your sophomore year through networking with other second year students living in the hall through career development, academic opportunities and fun outings.

This RLC is open to all second-year college students. Transfer students are also encouraged to join.


What you will do:

You will connect with other second year students and find that sense of group belonging that will help you transition into your upper-class years at WSU.

This RLC will take trips around Winona and explore ways to enhance their resume, build professional skills and competencies. Joining other students on their path to graduation.


Where you will live:

This community is located in Kirkland Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.