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.
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.
Within each learning community, the seminar is a key part of the resident experience. In addition to the seminar, we strongly encourage residents to take advantage of the many other unique activities and events offered. You can participate in as many or as few programs as you would like, but the more active you are, the more opportunities you will find.