The Aurora Interfaith Living-Learning Community at Virginia Tech is a community of people— religious, non-religious, spiritual, secular, and seekers— who come together to explore the ways people make meaning and search for purpose, to connect to one another, and to work for positive action in the world.
Located in New Hall West, this inclusive community is open to all academic majors, all class years, and all religious and non-religious identities. Centered on interfaith dialogue and cooperation, Aurora provides space for students to learn and grow as they reflect on their values, learn more about diverse worldviews, engage across lines of difference, and develop leadership skills to engage in service for the common good. We envision a vibrant community, affirmative of all worldview identities and rooted in mutual community service, academic excellence, and Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).
The Aurora Interfaith Living Learning Community at Virginia Tech is for students who are curious to learn more about worldviews and identities, and want to know themselves, others, and the world better. Aurora is for students interested in reflecting on their values, engaging in constructive dialogue, and pursuing common action with people from diverse religious, spiritual, and secular identities. Residents of Aurora will find new spaces for exploring questions of meaning-making, learning from one another, and making the world a better place through student-led initiatives with support of mentors from all around campus.
Living in Aurora, you will learn skills to interact with people of diverse beliefs and to engage in meaningful change in the community. Students can expect to learn about different worldviews and perspectives through activities such as weekly discussions, workshops, connecting with academic faculty in related fields, engaging with groups on campus, in the local community and with national interfaith youth organizations. Residents will also commit to take a 1-credit course on Interfaith Leadership for Social Change in the Fall.
If you are a new student coming to Virginia Tech, you can apply for Aurora once you have accepted your offer of admission from Virginia Tech and paid the matriculation fee. If you are a current or returning student, you can apply in the StarRez Portal beginning in October. Learn more about the application process here!