Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

John Glenn Civic Leadership Community

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The John Glenn Civic Leadership Community is committed to developing informed, inclusive leaders through learning and service. This learning community seeks to cultivate the essentials of our democracy (citizens, leaders and ideas) via its five central pillars:

  • Community
  • Service
  • Advocacy
  • Leadership
  • Policy

Students within this learning community aspire to make a difference in the world and often have an interest in public policy, politics, civic engagement, leadership and service.

 Learning Community Highlights

  • Welcome week program including an introduction to public policy, team building exercises and a service project.
  • Experiential programming that has included a trip to Washington D.C., tours of the Ohio State House and Ohio Supreme Court and service projects with various nonprofit organizations.
  • Guest speakers who are public leaders that represent and discuss a wide range of issues and perspectives relating to public service, politics, leadership and policy.
  • One-on-one attention and guidance from Learning Community staff, including members of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Residence Life

Academic Cluster

First-year students in the John Glenn Civic Leadership Learning Community take two public affairs courses together, Public Affairs 2160: Exploring Public Affairs and Public Affairs 2110: Introduction to Public Affairs, for a total of four credit hours. Within these classes, they will explore public affairs as a discipline, examine how different institutions impact public policies, learn about different career opportunities in relevant fields, and discover how to turn their passion into policy. They also engage in public policy, civic engagement and leadership discussions with faculty and practicing professionals.

LC Application and Housing Due Dates for Incoming First-Year Students

  • A submitted Learning Community Application is due by April 15, 2022. No late applications will be accepted. You do not have to wait until you are accepted to Ohio State and/or receive your housing contract to apply. 
  • Students will receive an update on their application status by April 29, 2022.
  • Please make sure your contract and space reservation fee are received no later than May 27, 2022 in order to ensure your eligibility to participate in a Learning Community. Housing Contracts are sent to your Ohio State email account based upon your paid acceptance to the University beginning in March.

LC Application and Housing Due Dates for Current OSU Students

  • Current Ohio State students who will be be in their second year during the 2022-2023 school year and are interested in joining or returning to a learning community should complete the Learning Community Application no later than February 11, 2022
  • Completing this application does not guarantee housing in an Ohio State Residence Hall or a specific room type. You must submit your reselection form by the Housing and Residence Education deadline in order to participate. Your housing reselection information will arrive at your OSU e-mail account at a later date.
  • Students will receive an update on their LC application status by February 18, 2022.
  • Change of campus students must also contact Housing Assignments no later than February 11, 2022 at 614-292-8266 or to ensure they are included in the housing reselection process and eligible for Learning Community participation.

Please note that all students in Learning Communities are required to reside in a space within the Learning Community and live with other Learning Community participants. Learning Community students may only request roommates accepted into the same LC.

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