Gender Excellence (Gen-X) Learning Community

This Gender Excellence Learning Community welcomes first-year students with interests in social justice issues related to gender, race, sexuality, equity, identity, and activism. All majors and disciplines, including undeclared, may apply. No Residential Component.

The Gender Excellence Learning Community (Gen-X) is designed to enhance first-year students’ knowledge of social justice issues that relate to women, girls, and other marginalized identities and to help them to network and make early connections with a variety of women- and gender-related campus, cultural, and community programs. During the first year at UNC Charlotte, students in the Gen-X learning community are able to attain up to forty hours of activism experience, learn and apply ethical leadership skills, conduct research for two major projects, and hone skills in critical thinking and intersectional analysis. Gen-X experiences draw on the ideals of service learning, which combine volunteer efforts with academic study. Students will also make progress towards their Gen Ed requirements and have individualized advising during the program. Finally, through shared enrollments in classes, Gen-X students focus on team-building and social awareness, work on a number of course-related projects with colleagues, form common study groups, and develop core friendships and associations with other Learning Community students who share their interests. Many Gen-X graduates go on to declare the Women's & Gender Studies minor, as they have three of six courses complete by the end of their first academic year, though this is not required.

Gender Excellence Learning Community (Gen-X)
Jen Byrd

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