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Special Interest Communities

What is a Special Interest Community?

Special Interest Communities provide an opportunity for students sharing common interest or passion to learn and develop as a community. This living arrangement creates a unique community with the opportunity to engage and build relationships with peers with similar interests and/or lifestyles. Special Interest Communities offer intentional programming that encourage personal and professional development. Each community will have a dedicated Resident Assistant and Professional Staff to foster community development, lead engaging programs, and partner with other departments and offices on campus to offer exciting events and workshops.

Benefits of living in a Special Interest Community include:
  • Opportunity to live with peers who hold same passions, beliefs, lifestyles, and interests
  • Connections to campus partners and resources
  • Increased sense of belonging to Otis College through roommate matching, community building, and programs centered around a common, specific interest
  • Personal and professional development through intentional programming, workshops, and conversations


Students in Residence Hall Room

Students have the ability to choose from the following Special Interest Communities:


Leadership and Service Community

Residents will be immersed in a community that embraces all aspects of leadership and engages in acts of service throughout the academic year within and beyond the Otis College Community.

Located in the Residence Hall; open to foundation students only.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify and articulate their own leadership styles as it relates to their personal and professional goals.
  2. Understand their own personal identities and how their identities influence their role as a leader.
  3. Understand how ethics, morals, and values relate to their leadership dilemmas.
  4. Engage with the greater LA community as means to explore one’s civic responsibility as a leader



Healthy Living Community

Residents with a passion for wellness and a healthy living style will be engaged in a variety of health-related programming, initiatives, and events. 

Located in Park West Apartments; open to all students.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Gain a greater understanding of campus resources related to health and wellness.
  2. Develop a personal wellness philosophy that supports their own academic and social experience at Otis College.
  3. Create a plan of action for healthy living that reflects their holistic personal wellness philosophy.