CRC residents pose at their devocation

Chadbourne Residential College (CRC)

CRC made this campus feel a little smaller and allowed me to meet other first-year students as excited about community engagement as I am.

Natalie Kustner, CRC Resident

Programs and Activities

The CRC Common Read is one of the first opportunities each fall for our entire community to have a shared intellectual experience. The programs and events associated with our book serve as catalysts for us to experience interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement as an integral part of CRC and the UW.

CRC also has a variety of Signature Programs that are offered year round. Some of these include academic advising, the CRC Olympics, discussion and community forums, interest groups, common reads, and Late Night Breakfast once per semester during finals week.

Seminar Info

CRC residents have the opportunity to take part in the one-credit ILS 138: CRC First-Year Seminar. This seminar is a small, discussion-based class where 8-12 students and one instructor, assisted by one former CRC resident have the opportunity to engage in discussion and critical analysis about life and learning at UW-Madison. The class can help you ease your transition into college, as it allows you to get more instructor-student interaction and more dialogue and friendship with other students than in a typical large, lecture-based class. The seminar is taught in Chadbourne Residence Hall, which helps support the integration of your social and academic life on campus.

CRC residents also have the opportunity to participate in a social justice course: Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity (SEED). In this course you will engage in conversations about the impact of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and other defining aspects of identity through readings, videos, reflective writing, and group dialogue. Unlike most classes, students in this course are expected to share their own experiences. Hear what past students have to say about their experiences taking this course.


Learning communities offer a variety of activities to participate in throughout the academic year. If you are a current resident of the community, use this Google Calendar to see which events and programs are coming up. For future residents, this calendar can also be used as a resource to determine what types of programming you can expect as a resident of the learning community.

CRC Professional Staff

Kelly Giese

Area Coordinator

Zachery Holder

Residence Life Coordinator

Steven Wong

Assistant Director of CRC

John Zumbrunnen

Faculty Director of CRC
Professor of Political Science