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Aristotle House: Leadership, Education, Service

Aristotle House: Leadership, Education, Service broadly explores the three pillars of leadership, education and service in the natural sciences. This Living Learning Community is committed to helping students hone their leadership skills, develop lifelong friendships, engage in community outreach and explore careers in all facets of education. Students in this LLC are passionate about making a difference in this world through active leadership, education and service.

Why Aristotle House?

  • Learn more about different leadership styles, and work to identify your own leadership style.
  • Understand the importance of leadership as a service and how ethics play a role.
  • Engage with the community and learn why it’s essential for the community to be involved in your service.

Highlights from 2019-2020:

Living Learning Communities During COVID

With the news of the COVID-19 pandemic and the announcement that residence halls would only be open to select students, the Living Learning Communities were met with the challenge of maintaining a community of like-minded scholars through a virtual learning environment. To meet the challenge, House Fellows, Den Assistants (Student Leaders) and School of Natural Sciences Staff worked together to create a sense of belonging at UC Merced by:

Weekly Classes/Seminars

Every Friday, Aristotle House students met during their required Friday course. In addition to guest speakers, reflection activities and larger group check-ins, these seminars provided a space for students to decompress and reconnect at the end of a long week.

Weekly Events

Outside of the classroom space, virtual social events were held to cater to those students who wanted to meet and get to know their fellow Bobcats:

  • Game nights (Jackbox games and Among Us)
  • Virtual cooking classes
  • Social events with Aristotle House alumni

How to Join

To join Aristotle House, you must indicate Aristotle House as one of your top preferences during your housing selection.

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If you have specific questions regarding housing, including the cost of housing and meal plans, please visit the housing website.