Listen, Live and Learn (LLL) is the housing scheme seen as the driving force of Stellenbosch University’s transformation agenda.
The initiative is a residential experience that aims to encourage diversity by integrating different identities when placing students in campus accommodation.
Matthew Smorenburg, co-ordinator of LLL says that the best way of integrating is by living together.
The LLL initiative is principled on social contact theory - the idea that your perceptions change when you're in contact with a person different from yourself. The environment is radically different from what most students are accustomed to - far from their comfort zone. The results are amazing.— Matthew Smorenburg, co-ordinator of LLL
LLL houses hold a mixture of races, genders, nationalities and faculties of study; the idea is to encourage diversity of thoughts, experiences & perspectives.
Each house has a theme and the students engage with each other and their house guide (a member of staff with expertise/interest in the chosen theme), throughout the year.
The theme, which is a complex issue of importance, serves as a common interest or focal point for discussions with each other, the house guide & invited guests
To learn more about the initiative, visit the Listen, Live and Learn website.
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