Skip to main content

Wellness Communities

Wellness Communities offer opportunities for students to develop new and effective strategies to manage stress, anxiety, alcohol and other drug use, and contribute to a positive community, which increases overall wellbeing.  Each Wellness LLC offers different physical spaces in the residence hall to promote one or more aspects of wellness.

Southside Wellness Week

Quick Facts

  • Students living in Suffolk Hall (first year, suite-style building) have 24/7 access to a workout space in the hall that includes free weights, cardio equipment, and free exercise classes (workout space is CLOSED for Fall 2020)
  • A large number of residents in Ontario Hall are members of Greek Life and participate in varsity sports
  • A specialty RA position, the Resident Advisor for Wellness, supports each community and is a resource for all things wellness on the campus
  • Students celebrate Wellness Week each semester with events, seminars, and games to learn about supporting our physical, emotional, and mental health
  • New course offered exclusively for students in the Wellness Communities, XLRN 102 - "Investigate and Practice Wellness" taught by Professor Amanda Roth, F 12:00 - 12:50 pm

What is a Living-Learning Community?

A Living-Learning Community (LLC) is a group of students who choose to live together in a Residence Hall to explore a common interest.  Each LLC has a shared academic component (e.g., a course, faculty-led workshops, a service trip) and is strengthened by co-curricular experiences that align with the community's interests and goals.

The Learning Outcomes of our Living-Learning Communities are from the GLOBE document, which outlines outcomes for all SUNY Geneseo students upon graduation:

  1. Integrative Inquiry: To ask meaningful questions connecting personal experiences to academic study and co-curricular life; to synthesize multiple bodies of knowledge to address real-world problems and issues.
  2. Application and Transfer: To adapt and apply skills, theories, and methods gained in one or more domains to new situations.
  3. Reflection: To reflect upon changes in learning and outlook over time; to make personal, professional, and civic plans based on that self-reflection.


Wellness | Advocacy | Community | Resilience


There are two Wellness Communities on campus - Suffolk Hall houses first year students and Ontario Hall houses upperclassmen students.

  • Ontario Hall is also home to the upperclassmen Wellness Community.  Due to the large number of student-athletes and members of Greek organizations who live here, Ontario is focuses on supporting the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of its residents. A specialty RA position, the Resident Assistant for Wellness (RAW), is an in-hall, personal resource for students regarding all things wellness. The Wellness Community partners with the Department of Student Health and Counseling to improve students’ wellbeing.
  • Suffolk Hall houses a first year Wellness Community, which strives to provide a holistic view of wellness to residents.  Through student development programs and campus partnerships, residents of Suffolk Hall are able to learn more about ways they can focus on their physical, mental, and emotional wellness in their new home.  Suffolk Hall is the only residence on campus that has an in-hall workout space.  This gives residents the unique opportunity to exercise without leaving the comfort of their home!
  • Onondaga Hall also houses a first-year Wellness Community in a corridor-style arrangement.  The Wellness wing in Daga contains the South Village Counseling Center, and Onondaga North now houses the South Village Health Center and the Campus Community Resource Nurse.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students living in a Wellness Community will identify and implement strategies to improve their overall wellness (physical, emotional, and mental wellness).

How to Apply

All housing placements for the Wellness Communities are based upon application review. Applicants must have submitted complete answers to all questions in the application to be considered for placement. Only those who submit an application by the housing deadlines listed on the housing selection website may be considered for placement. You can find more information on the housing process at housing for incoming students.

For any questions or concerns, contact the Department of Residence Life ( or 585-245-5726) or the Associate Director for Educational Initiatives, Dr. Meg Reitz, ( or 585-245-6363)

Are you a faculty or staff member interested in getting involved?

Visit our Residential Fellows webpage for more information or fill out the general interest form or contact Meg Reitz directly at x6363 or