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Carson House: Sustainable Futures

Carson House Living Learning Community (LLC)

Available to: First-year students interested in sustainability and the environment; open to all majors

Located in: Glacier Point, 4th Floor

Are you passionate about climate change, biodiversity, and environmental justice? Do you want to get to know other first-year students with similar interests? Do you want to learn more about environmental research and careers? Do you want to get involved with sustainability initiatives on campus? If so, Carson House is a great fit for you!

Students in Carson House will enroll in EH 001: Introduction to Environmental Humanities in the Fall semester. They will also enroll in a mandatory 2-unit course affiliated with the LLC in the Fall and Spring semesters. In addition to taking these courses, students in Carson House will engage in communal learning and career development experiences such as movie nights, hands-on workshops, and field trips. The Carson House in the academic year 2024-25 will be affiliated with the Faculty Advisory Committee on Sustainability (FACS), whose members will provide support and mentorship for first-year students to learn more about innovative environmental research and initiatives here at UC Merced. 

Carson House students will also gain insider knowledge about UC Merced’s Environmental Humanities (EH) program, a new major and minor at UC Merced which officially launches in Fall 2024 and is the first of its kind in the UC system. Learn more about this exciting new program by following EH on Instagram!

Please note that members of the LLC are required to attend professional development events outside of class. These events include workshops, talks, panels, etc. 

Student Testimonies

"LLC participation helped me meet new people who share similar interests as me and introduced me to fun work that I can later use in my life. The activities such as soap making, and visiting farmers markets made me think about potential hobbies and lifestyle choices I could use." - Carson House 2023 - 2024 LLC Participant

"I've enjoyed being able to meet students with similar majors and interests to me, and I am glad I have had an opportunity to learn more about sustainability and help the community." - Carson House 2023 - 2024 LLC Participant

Watch a video introduction on Carson House LLC by clicking here.

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