Bradley Learning Community residents hold up photo booth photos at Devocation

Bradley Learning Community

How to Join

  1. Sign your University Residence Halls contract and submit your advance payment in My UW Housing
  2. Select the Multicultural Learning Community as your top choice when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  3. Prioritize learning communities over residence halls when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  4. Receive your room assignment

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BLC staff provided tremendous support for both my academic and personal goals. I felt truly cared for and I'm so grateful for the friendships I’ve made.

Shanthi C., BLC Resident

Seminar

BLC residents present their core curriculum project at Roundtable

Bradley Roundtable Seminar
Integrated Liberal Studies 157 | 1-credit

At its core, the BLC is a liberal arts community, and the Bradley Roundtable Seminar gives students a taste of what the College of Letters & Science has to offer, no matter their major.  We believe it is important to create connections and take charge of your learning experience as soon as you arrive on campus, easily done in this small class environment. Each section is facilitated by faculty members representing departments from Chemistry to Computer Science to Scandinavian Studies, enabling first-year students to get to know professors outside the lecture hall & discover new experiences beyond the typical classroom environment. Relationships formed in Roundtable lead to study groups, research positions, future roommates, lifelong friendships, and new passions in college and beyond.

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Programming

Events

With a strong emphasis on building community & experiential learning, student staff work with residents to create a variety of events tailored to the interests of first-year students.  Nestled against beautiful Lake Mendota, BLC residents are able to enhance their education with learning experiences outside the classroom and create social connections with events on & off campus, including:

  • Hikes in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
  • Trips to Chicago
  • Bonfires around the Dejope Fire Circle
  • Skiing & snowboarding
  • Career exploration & resumé writing sessions
  • Kayaking on Lake Mendota
  • De-stressing nights emphasizing mindfulness & self-care

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Peer Mentors

BLC connects students to valuable campus resources, beginning with Peer Mentors. These experienced students remember how it feels to be starting a new phase of life in an unfamiliar place. They are there to help new residents navigate college, offer direction and advice, and offer insight on student-life at UW-Madison. They also co-facilitate Bradley Roundtable with Faculty Fellows & help tailor the BLC seminar to the needs of students in their section so each new student benefits from the course in a way that is meaningful to them.

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BLC Leadership Team

Susan Brantly

Position title: BLC Faculty Director, Professor of Scandinavian Studies

Liz McCarthy

Position title: BLC Leadership Team – Cross-College Advising Service
Faculty Fellow of Cross College Advising Service

Scott Seyforth

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Assistant Director of Residence Life

Jesse Wahl

Position title: Program Manager

BLC Faculty Fellows

Susan Brantly

Position title: BLC Faculty Director, Professor of Scandinavian Studies

Tom Dubois

Position title: Faculty Fellow of Scandinavian Studies

Ron Harris

Position title: Faculty Fellow - English

Paul Hooker

Position title: Faculty Fellow of Chemistry

Evelyn Howell

Position title: Faculty Fellow - Landscape Architecture

Baron Kelly

Position title: Faculty Fellow of Theatre & Drama

Bret Larget

Position title: Faculty Fellow of Statistics

Drew Lokuta

Position title: Faculty Fellow of Kinesiology

Jon Martin

Position title: Faculty Fellow of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

Liz McCarthy

Position title: BLC Leadership Team – Cross-College Advising Service
Faculty Fellow of Cross College Advising Service

Scott Mellor

Position title: Faculty Director of Nordic House (ILC)
Faculty Fellow of Scandinavian Studies (BLC)

Lynne Prost

Position title: Faculty Fellow of Biochemistry

Sharon Thoma

Position title: Faculty Fellow of Integrative Biology