Honors Living Learning Communities

From their first day on campus, Honors students are connected as they form a Living Learning Community that is focused on a theme of mutual interest—a theme they selected themselves.

Based in East Village and Hastings Hall, first-year Honors students live together in their Honors Living-Learning Community where they collaborate on a variety of activities to collectively explore their interests. They are supported by an Honors Living Learning Coordinator, a faculty or professional staff expert on the LLC theme, and an upperclass Honors student serving as an Honors Living Learning Assistant.

For the 2019-2020 Honors LLC Showcase, we created a virtual platform! Check it out and explore all of the amazing experiences our Honors first-years had together!

Artificial Intelligence & RoboticsWe are living in times where automation has become a norm within our society. This LLC will explore the rise of AI and how Robots are becoming a part of our everyday lives. This LLC will discuss the AI and Robotics benefits and contributions to society, and grapple with ways that AI and Robotics can continue to modify how we interact and engage with each other. Students who enjoy conversations like these and letting their imaginations roam freely come together in this LLC. 

Athletics & Analytics | Students in this LLC play on sports teams, go on runs throughout Boston, and promote their well-being by following fitness tips; they push each other to remain actively competitive while they learn about how the scientific study of analytics is informing both human performance trends and the media’s reporting of sports results.  

Cutting Edge Activism in Boston | Students will discover effective ways to become agents of social change through a community organizing lens. This LLC will study the history of community organizing, consult with local agents of change, and learn to practice effective advocacy for others at Northeastern, around Boston, and maybe even globally. Students in the LLC can design and teach their own inclusivity workshops for other students or create their own community organizing initiatives.

Explore Boston: Arts & Theatre | Boston has a lot to offer a lover of art and theatre. This LLC community will keep students connected to the arts and will provide ample opportunity to explore and engage with the diverse neighborhoods, museums, art shows, and local professional theatre. Made up of students across a variety of interests and majors, students in this LLC will experience how arts and theatre has developed in Greater Boston.

Explore Boston: Community Service | For those who are passionate for assisting and advocating for others, the Community Service LLC provides its members the opportunity to have an immediate impact while exploring the greater Boston community and its neighborhoods and support systems. Students in this LLC are likely to confront the historical inequalities that still exist in some of Boston’s communities and will come together to plan strategies for meeting the needs of the underserved. 

Explore Boston: Cultural Immersion | Boston is a global hub attracting students and community members from all over the world. This LLC immerses itself in the many rich cultural fabrics that comprise Boston and explore topics of diversity, inclusion, and cultural practices and traditions. Students in this LLC will learn how aspects of their own identities—and those around them– can lead to an appreciation of many cultures and communities they may not have previously known about. Students in this LLC will participate in, and possibly host, a variety of cultural events and discussions, learning from local figures in Boston who represent many dimensions of cultural expression.

Foodies | Consisting of students who consider themselves a “foodie,” like to try new things, or think that the keys to a great time are good friends and delicious food. Students uncover their inner-foodie by cooking and sharing various cuisines found throughout Boston — all while learning about such food from nutritional, social and cultural perspectives. To culminate the experience, students in this LLC may develop a cookbook filled with recipes from throughout the year.

Future of Cities | This LLC explores how services such as public transportation, childcare, food assistance, housing and more will evolve as society and environmental concerns continue to demand more from its citizens. This LLC comprises of students who debate, explore and create evidence-based solutions for seemingly intractable problems (like food insecurity, homelessness) that will help the Northeastern community and others design the most workable and livable cities of the future.

Gaming & Virtual Reality | Gathering those students whose “book” shelf is filled with board games, students in this LLC enjoy de-stressing through video games, board games, or even designing games. Students will come together with peers who can introduce new games, learn from one another, and use the world of gaming to become proficient problem solvers and/or game designers. Students in the Gaming & Virtual Reality LLC could work together to design their own game – the possibilities are endless! 

Healthcare Innovation | Boston is a hub for some of the best hospitals in the world – yet, some of our citizens lack access to the things they need to lead healthy lives. Never has this been so apparent as now, as we manage the challenges of a pandemic. This LLCs explores ways to assist in advocating for local health improvements and advancement to better support a city and its members. Students considering a career or interest in the health professions or healthcare policy come together in the Healthcare Innovation LLC.  

Leadership | Students in the Leadership LLC value their leadership positions and cocurricular learning as much as academics and the classroom. Leadership opportunities are a big part of anyone’s Northeastern experience, but these students delve more into leadership skills and leadership development as a first-year student. Students in this LLC may come together and develop a leadership training experience for emerging student leaders on campus.

Music Lovers | Boston has an incredible music scene that can accommodate music lovers of all types and genres. From concert venues to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and more, anyone who appreciates music can find their niche here. Students can come together to “jam,” create and share original works, and experience all that the music scene of Boston has to offer.

Outdoor Adventure | Outdoor Adventure students joined this LLC to meet the challenge of exploring the outdoors while living in a city.  This community can take long hikes, kayak, or hit the ski slopes during weekend excursions. Students can learn and teach others about what goes into the development and upkeep of urban parks on the Emerald Necklace Boston and venture outside the city to delve deeper into nature. 

Technological Innovation & Creativity | In this LLC, students assume roles as innovators, scientists, developers, and designers to create practical solutions to the world’s challenges: dreaming BIG and bringing creative ideas to life using technology. How might the future be impacted by AI advancements? How might this generation harness the power of these technological advancements to make the world a better place? This LLC can explore those topics and present their ideas to the larger Honors community.  

Travel & Adventure | Students in this LLC have an insatiable appetite for domestic and international travel and passion for global awareness and issues In this LLC, take advantage of generous opportunities through the University Honors Program to explore the world, globally or domestically, or plan personal travel adventures with other lovers of locale inquiry and cultureStudents will also explore critical global issues by blending perspectives from popular culture, historical contexts and current events. 

Wellness & Nutrition | This LLC focuses on establishing a healthy mind, body, and spirit as it embraces the values of holistic health and wellness. Students in this LLC explore dimensions of wellness, including social, occupational, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being. Students in this LLC might develop a wellness plan for other first-year students filled with evidence-based recommendations on the facets of wellness that are important as one adjusts to college. 


Honors Faculty-in-Residence contribute to student learning and development that happens beyond classrooms walls. Living among Honors students in one of the Honors residences halls, East Village, Faculty-in-Residence offer informative programming and support that enables Honors students to thrive.

Michael Hoppmann, Ph.D., Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Michael Hoppmann speaking at the 2019 Honors Cording Ceremony Reception

Michael J. Hoppmann is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication Studies.

Professor Hoppmann offers dedicated courses to Honors students, including HONR 1310 “Speaking Up for Justice.”

In Summer 2019, Professor Hoppmann will lead students on a unique twin Dialogue of Civilization to eastern Europe to study Human Rights Communication (Crimes Against Humanity and Humanity Against Crimes) that will track the onset, development, and response to human rights violations and hateful rhetoric and  during World War II and its aftermath.

Professor Hoppmann’s research centers around three areas: Classical Rhetoric, Modern Argumentation Theory and Applied Rhetoric. In Classical Rhetoric, he focuses most on historical argumentation models and structures (stasis theory, enthymeme) in Greek and Latin Rhetoric. In Modern Argumentation Theory, he is interested in Argument Schemes, Argumentative Deconstruction and Critical Questions. In Applied Rhetoric, he works to bridge the gap between rhetorical theory and practice and is mainly concentrating on the development and implementation of rhetorical training forms such as debate, declamation and disputation. Dr. Hoppmann is author or co-author of five books, including A Synoptic History of Classical Rhetoric (4th edition, 2014), Handbook of Rhetorical Training(Trainingsbuch Rhetorik, 3rd edition, 2012), Argumentative Competence (Schluesselkompetenz Argumentation, 2nd edition, 2012) and Argumentative Defense (Argumentative Verteidigung, 2008).

Tom Vicino, Ph.D., Department of Political ScienceProf. Thomas Vicino, East Village Honors Faculty-in-Residence

Professor Thomas J. Vicino is Associate Dean in the Office of the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Political Science and is jointly appointed in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He has held numerous administrative appointments previously, including serving as Chair of the Department of Political Science and as Director of the MPA Program. In 2014, Prof. Vicino was a U.S. Fulbright Core Scholar to Brazil, where he was a visiting associate professor of political economy in the Graduate Program in Social Sciences at Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC Minas) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He teaches at the graduate level in the MPA, MPP, and MUPP Programs. At the undergraduate level, he teaches in the political science major and the urban studies minor.

Professor Vicino offers a fascinating Dialogue of Civilization to Japan that many Honors students have enjoyed, “The Twenty-First Century City: Tokyo and Kyoto.”  He currently serves as Consultant to the Honors Living-Learning Community, Explore Boston: News, Politics and History. Vicino is the author or co-author of four books: Suburban Crossroads: The Fight for Local Control of Immigration Policy (2013), Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia: Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore (2008), Global Migration: The Basics (2014) and the bestselling book, Cities and Suburbs: New Metropolitan Realities in the US (2010). He has also published numerous book chapters and research articles in peer-reviewed journals. Professor Vicino proudly serves as the faculty advisor to two student organizations: College Democrats and Huskies for Alternative Transportation.

Honors Living Learning Assistants are upperclass Honors students, living in East Village, who support the activities of each LLC. Matched to their LLC theme with great intention, HLLAs not only enrich the learning that occurs, but also help first-year students to build a sense of community and belonging.

Our 2020-2021 Honors Living Learning Assistants:

  • Arielle Ahrendts, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Kelly Brecq, D’Amore-McKim School of Business
  • Caitlin Camire, College of Engineering
  • Elena Castellini, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Whinter Collin, D’Amore-McKim School of Business
  • Kristin D’Angelo, College of Science
  • Vanita Fitzwater, College of Arts, Media and Design
  • Rowan Heneghan, College of Science
  • Ryan Hoffmann, College of Engineering
  • Viktorie Hornakova, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Olivia Leighton, D’Amore-McKim School of Business
  • Julia Martinez, Khoury College of Computer Science
  • Jeanine Nasser, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • Amya Porteons, College of Science
  • Alex Spak, College of Engineering
  • Maia Woodard, College of Engineering

Honors Living Learning Coordinators are faculty or professional staff members who helps the LLC define and pursue their collective interests and goals. As experts in their fields, Coordinators are valuable leaders in facilitating learning and exploration of the LLC theme.

Our 2019-2020 Honors Living Learning Coordinators:

  • Michelle Dubow – Assistant Director, Employer Engagement & Career Design
  • Megan O’Hara – Assistant Director, OPEN
  • Tim Troy – Program Coordinator, NU.I.N. Program
  • Noah Brown – Resident Director, Residence Life
  • Brooke Hoger – Academic Advisor, Explore Program
  • Tim Krumweig – Assistant Director, Center for Community Service
  • Jenna Thrash – Academic Advisor, University Honors Program
  • Ciara O’Donnell – Program Manager- PreHealth and PreMed Advising Program
  • Maureen Timmons – Director of Dining Services
  • Steve Savitsky – Assistant Co-op Coordinator, Math & Physics
  • Duncan Davis – Assistant Teaching Professor, First Year Engineering Program
  • Barbie Papalios – Academic Advisor, University Honors Program
  • Matt Lee – Teaching Professor of Human Services
  • Shannon Fairley-Pittman – Associate Director, University Honors Program
  • Carrie Klaphake – Graduate Engineering Co-Op Faculty
  • Rebecca Riccio – Khaled and Olfat Juffali Director of the Social Impact Lab
  • Brian O’Connell – Assistant Teaching Professor, First Year Engineering Program
  • Rebekah Moore – Assistant Professor of Music, College of Arts, Media & Design
  • Andrew Mall – Assistant Professor of Music, College of Arts, Media & Design
  • Jacob Stump – Assistant Teaching Professor, College of Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Kate Berge – Assistant Director, NU.I.N. Program
  • Mark Sivak – Associate Teaching Professor, College of Arts, Media & Design

In addition to East Village, upper class Honors students may choose to live in other Northeastern residence halls that offer dedicated housing to Honors students, including West Village C and 106 St. Stephens. West Village C offers apartment-style accommodations, accommodating 3, 4, or 5 individual students. 106 St. Stephens offers 2, 3, and 4-person apartments with a mix of single and double bedrooms.