Learning Communities




Deborah Mutnick, English,
LIU Brooklyn Learning Communities Co-Director
(718) 488-1110

Jose R. Sanchez, Political Science,
LIU Brooklyn Learning Communities Co-Director
(718) 488-3436

Katie Harman,
LIU Brooklyn Learning Communities Promise Coach
(718) 488-1327

Why Join a Learning Community?

Now that you’re in college, you need to make the most of your time and experience. Learning communities will open doors as you cross the threshold into the next phase of your life. Think about it. College is a time for learning, forming friendships, and personal growth. You get all three with learning communities, along with great benefits like these:

  • Fulfillment of core requirements
  • Higher grades
  • Better learning opportunities
  • Closer connection to faculty
  • Enhanced preparation for choosing a major
  • A more enjoyable college experience
  • Increased likelihood of graduating

You will find different kinds of LIU Brooklyn learning communities. Each will enhance your sense of the college community as well as enrich your academic experience. While actual activities will vary from community to community, the following is a representative sample of LC experiences.

  • Contact with students who have similar academic goals
  • Career exploration and preparation
  • Introduction to university resources
  • Peer mentoring and/or tutoring
  • Faculty mentoring and involvement
  • Field trips to museums, movies, and other places off campus
  • Leadership development
  • Exposure to international and urban issues
  • Participation in a variety of campus life activities
  • A more collaborative learning environment

LIU Brooklyn’s Learning Communities Program will help you learn more, get the most out of life, and better prepare you for life after college. In fact, according to Forbes, in order of importance, these are the 10 skills employers say they seek in new employees ("The 10 Skills Employers Most Want"):

  1. Ability to work in a team
  2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  3. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
  4. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
  5. Ability to obtain and process information
  6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
  7. Technical knowledge related to the job
  8. Proficiency with computer software programs
  9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
  10. Ability to sell and influence others

Even before you enter your major, learning communities will introduce you to a majority of these areas. So, what are you waiting for?