When students can bring the full version of themselves into academic, scientific, and university spaces, everyone benefits. CNS Learning communities provide residential and co-curricular experiences where students can uncover more about themselves, and see how their identities and perspectives are not only valuable but vital. Through centering student voices to inform change, we honor the power of CNS students as a part of a system that both shapes them and can be shaped by them.

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Students who are interested in how they can use science to change the world will all live together on one floor. They take a one-credit seminar class exploring issues of social justice and diversity in science and science education. Through the class, students work with local, culturally-diverse K-12 classes. The cluster provides opportunities to connect with other students from diverse backgrounds and connect with faculty and staff at CSU including: CSU diversity programs and offices, the Education and Outreach Center, the Little Shop of Physics, the School of Education, and other campus partners. Students in this program also participate in academic study groups with their peers.

Many of our students that are part of the Science Outreach Scholar floor go on to become Learning Assistants at CSU or Interns at The Little Shop of Physics.

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Number of students: 40

Course Requirements: NSCI 170 (1-credit Fall seminar)

Residential Requirement: Accepted students will be assigned to Piñon Hall 4th floor (Community-Style rooms)

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Students who are interested in the crucial role diversity plays in computing and technology will live in Piñon Hall with the other Natural Sciences students. Students will learn how computing can play a role in making an impact in the world and how it can enhance any CNS major. Increasingly, all disciplines require students who can invent, innovate, and lead in a data driven world. For example, biology students can learn about bioinformatics and psychology majors can learn about human-centered design. They will all take a seminar course exploring the role that identities and perspectives play in computing and will also take a Computer Science course. Outside of the classroom, they will have opportunities to develop a research question and work with faculty mentors.

Many of our students that are part of the Diversity Through Technology floor go on to become Learning Assistants at CSU or Interns at The Little Shop of Physics.

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Number of students: 40

Course Requirements: Yes. Students will take a 1-2 credit seminar course and an introductory computer science course in the Fall with other students in the cluster. This floor has received funding to provide an early start experience for students on this floor, therefore students in this living community will also need to move in on Sunday, August 16th, which is three days prior to the normal move in date.

Residential Requirement: Accepted students will be assigned to Piñon Hall 5th floor East (Community-Style rooms)

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Students will explore their common interests in science, diversity, and the environment. Students collaborate with University Housing, the College of Natural Sciences, and the Chemistry department to push the boundaries of how we think about the role that energy plays in our culture, science, and the environment; we will explore the ideas of global sustainability through the lens of a scientist. Students will co-enroll in a 1-credit seminar, “Sustainable Energy in the Natural Sciences,” where we will discuss and act on pressing local challenges, both on-campus and in the community. Students lead a weekly Sustainability Committee that spearheads multiple initiatives. Some of the student-driven projects include designing and managing the CNSLC community garden beds, in-hall composting, and building new energy harvesting strategies with renewable resources (sunlight and wind).

Many of our students that are part of the Sustainability in Science floor go on to become Learning Assistants at CSU.

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Number of students: 40

Course Requirements: Yes. Students will take a 1-2 credit seminar course in the Fall with other students in the cluster. 

Residential Requirement: Accepted students will be assigned to Piñon Hall 1st floor (Community-Style rooms)

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This floor within CNS ATP is partnered with a group of female faculty at CSU (Women in Natural Sciences) for programs and networking opportunities. There is a weekly knitting group with female faculty, field trips to labs, and other opportunities as defined by the students involved each year.  

Many of our students that are part of the Womxn in Science floor go on to become Learning Assistants at CSU.

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Number of students: 80

Course Requirements: None

Residential Requirement: Accepted students will be assigned to Community-Style rooms

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