The Honors Community is located in Ridgecrest North, South, East, and West. Honors students may, but do not have to, live in Honors Housing. Housing priority is based on date of housing application, and the earlier a student submits the housing application, the more housing options will be available to select during online room selection in the spring. The online housing application typically becomes available about October 1 of each year for the following fall.

The Honors Connections Living Learning Community in Ridgecrest West, a smaller community within Honors Housing, is a discovery-based partnership where first year Honors College students engage with sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Honors College to aid their transition into a collegiate environment. The ultimate goal for each student is to explore and cultivate the four pillars of the Honors College: innovative scholarship, advanced research, intercultural interaction, and civic engagement. Students living in the LLC will enroll in UH 100: Freshman Connections, where they will develop an awareness of their personalities, strengths, and areas of interest while learning how those traits impact their connection to The University of Alabama and the Honors College. The LLC and the corresponding UH 100 course are facilitated by UA faculty alongside Honors College professional staff. Goals for each student in the LLC include: fostering a sense of community among students living in the LLC; forging lasting relationships between first year and upperclass students; and connecting first year students to the vast resources that can help them succeed in both the Honors College and Housing and Residential Communities.

Photo of Dr. Safiya GeorgeThe Honors Connection LLC also has a live-in professor as Faculty-in-Residence. Dr. Safiya George is an associate professor and assistant dean in the Capstone College of Nursing. She is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and has a specialty in HIV/AIDS. She obtained her Ph.D. in Nursing and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Emory University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Research on Religion and Health from Duke University. Her undergraduate nursing degrees are from the University of the Virgin Islands. Dr. George is also recognized as a leading scholar in the field of spirituality/religion and health. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate program and her teaching focuses on preparing students to address the needs of vulnerable populations. Her hobbies include writing and reciting poetry and travelling. She also plays a mean game of basketball.

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