Global Village: Living-Learning Community
What is the Global Village?
The Global Village is a culturally-focused living learning community on campus which brings together international and domestic students. Global Village residents will learn what it means to live and interact with people of diverse backgrounds. Throughout the year, participants will not only gain a better understanding of themselves and their role in our global society, but also of the various cultures represented by their peers. Residents will grow intellectually, socially and personally as they share the college experience together.
Global Village is designed to pair international students with domestic students in order to promote cross-cultural sharing and provide opportunities for members to develop long-lasting friendships.
Global Village is located on the first floor of Affinity Northwest. Members live together in a hall in double-occupancy rooms, which include private bathrooms. Everyone shares a common space with a large kitchen and lounge. Affinity Village also has its own work-out facility and laundry room.
Eligibility/How to Apply
Global Village is open to any new, transfer or current ONU students (domestic or international) who have a passion for diversity and an interest in cultural exchange and international affairs. This community would be ideal for students interested in foreign languages, cultural studies, political science, international relations, foreign policy, studying abroad, traveling, and/or service work.
All majors and ages are encouraged to apply. Acceptance is on a first come basis.
New First Year and Transfer Students:
- Apply to ONU
- After you have been accepted by the university, submit your deposit
- Activate your ONU ID by signing into Self-Service Banner
- In the housing application, check “Global Village” as your housing preference.
Current ONU Students:
- Apply to live in Global Village
- Once you are accepted into the program, when the Housing Lottery happens in spring, check “Global Village” as your housing preference
Members of Global Village are required to participate in a one credit hour course, which meets one hour a week in the Global Village common room. The course combines relevant readings, guest speakers, classroom discussion, cultural outings, and service projects in order to achieve the learning outcomes stated below.
- Students will actively engage with persons of other cultures and backgrounds in a culturally sensitive manner
- Students will develop increased self-awareness of what it means to be a part of your culture
- Students will compare and contrast cultural differences and shared cultural elements
- Students will gain understanding of what it means to be culturally competent
- Students will use historical perspectives to better understand present day contexts
- Students will gain an appreciation for the creative and unique aspects of various cultures
Activities and Programming
Global Village works in collaboration with Residence Life and International Student Services to provide members with activities and innovative programs, such as:
- International Food Fair and Trivia
- Bonfire Bonding
- Group creation of a Global Village mural
- Local cultural festivals
- Trips to area museums and cultural sites
- Partnering with other student organizations for movie nights and other events
- Polar Pals, a peer mentoring program
Global Village members are encouraged to develop new activities and work together as a community to bridge cultural divides and encourage diverse interactions within the ONU campus community.
Global Village Student Leader
Global Village offers a unique opportunity for a student who wishes to serve their peers, gain practical experience, and promote the values of the Global Village Living and Learning Community.
This student leader will live in Global Village and be the liaison for students and staff, including the Resident Assistant and Global Village coordinators. This student will lead the community in event planning and organizing, inform members about service opportunities, and be available to discuss student concerns.