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.

Interested in how the Honors LLCs engaged with their peers and community in the past academic year? Check out our highlights from 2018-2019!

Explore Boston: Arts & Culture | Boston has a lot to offer a lover of art and culture. 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 more within walking distance from campus. Made up of students across a variety of interests and majors, students in this LLC will experience how arts and culture has developed in Greater Boston.

Music Lovers | Boston has an incredible music scene that can accomodate 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.

Artistes | This LLC is made up of students who love artistic creation, whatever background, field of interest, or type of art. Students in this LLC come together with a shared passion of making art – be it photographers, visual artists, dancers, and more. Students in the LLC will share what they have created together and drawn inspiration from others’ original works.  Artistes LLC members may come together to choreograph a performance, develop an art show, or create other opportunities to showcase their work.

Globetrotters: Travel & Adventure | Students in the Globetrotters LLC have an insatiable appetite for domestic and international travel and passion for global awareness and issues,. In this LLC, students can take advantage of Northeastern’s generous opportunities to explore the world or plan personal travel adventures with other lovers of locale inquiry and culture. Students might create a travel blog exploring the places they have traveled or explore critical global issues by blending perspectives from popular culture, historical contexts and current events.

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.

Social Change & Empowerment | Students will discover effective ways to become agents of social change and social justice to ensure equal rights for all in this LLC. LLC members might study the history of community organizing, consult with local agents of change, or learn to practice effective advocacy for others at Northeastern, around Boston, and even globally. Students can design and teach their own inclusivity workshops for other students or create their own social change initiatives.

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 will 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.

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.

Athletics | There are plenty of ways to stay connected to your ideal sport or athletic hobby while in college. This LLC will help you learn about the university’s resources for athletes while keeping you active along the way. Join those with similar interests to play on sports teams, go on runs throughout Boston, and promote your well-being by following fitness tips. In addition to enjoying, playing and competing, students in this LLC might aspire to educate and offer fitness trainings for their peers or simply savor the art of play.

Gaming | 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 LLC could work together to design their own game and test it among their non-gamer peers.

Technical Innovation & Creativity | In this LLC, students will assume roles as innovators, scientists, developers, and designers to create practical solutions to the world’s challenges. Dream BIG and bring creative ideas to life using technology. How might your future be impacted by AI advancements? How will your generation work alongside this societal change? This LLC can explore those topics and present their ideas to their community.  

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 will 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.

Animal Enthusiasts | The hardest part for the college transition for many students can be leaving pets behind. Animal Enthusiasts LLC members love animals and can’t imagine a day gone by without petting one; students who love animals, have pets, hope to go on to veterinary school, or just want to learn more about animals can explore the Franklin Park Zoo, Boston’s Aquarium, volunteer at a shelter, or more. Students in this LLC might get involved with animal rights activism, perform community service at Boston rescues, research the impact of support animals, and pursue other animal enthusiasms.

Explore Boston: Healthy Living | Students in this LLC  will you explore dimensions of wellness, including social, occupational, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being, and how personal values can develop and engage more in Boston. Students 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, advocate for local health improvements in Boston, and explore health professions while in this LLC.

Book Club | A true book-lover may have panicked about which books will fit in the college residence hall room and which must be left behind. Students in the Book Club LLC will come together to analyze the classics, explore new novels and creative nonfiction, and maybe even write and publish new books.


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 2019-2020 Honors Living Learning Assistants:

  • Ashley Apro, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • Lilia Merbouche, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • Alex Spak, College of Engineering
  • Dan Sneyers, College of Engineering
  • Kelly Brecq, College of Science
  • Cullen Lampasso, College of Engineering
  • Chelsea Lau, College of Engineering
  • Alex Margulies, College of Science
  • Pamela Stravitz, College of Engineering
  • Lindsay Talemal, College of Science
  • Maia Woodard, College of Engineering
  • Anja Deric, College of Engineering
  • Larissa Morikawa, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • Ebele Okafor, College of Science
  • Zoe Simonson, College of Engineering
  • Douglas Read, Explore Program

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, 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, Honors Program
  • Matt Lee – Teaching Professor of Human Services
  • Jason Skidmore – Resident Director, Residential Life
  • 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.