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Dexter (First-Year Student, Resident of Hinderlie Community for Creative Expression in the Gender Inclusive Wing, Participant in Fall 2017 Linked FYEP Writing 101 Course) “The moment you walk in, you’ll feel at home. And this isn’t a one time thing either. It’s a feeling you’ll keep with you for the rest of your life.”

About Hinderlie Community for Creative Expression

Creativity and Innovation Across Disciplines.

Hinderlie Community for Creative Expression challenges residents to explore the meaning of creativity and innovation in our world and promotes creativity as a mechanism of expression, activism, leadership and reflection. HCCE collaborates with faculty from a wide variety of disciplines to celebrate and explore creativity and expression in diverse forms, including the visual and performing arts, science, business, education, and more!

Great For Residents Who ...

  • consider themselves creative and want to learn more about this topic
  • love the arts and/or identify as a visual and/or performing artist
  • are interested in creativity and innovation across a wide variety of academic disciplines
  • love dancing, paint, doodling, music, acting, writing, and building

Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in Hinderlie Community for Creative Expression, residents will be able to:

  • Articulate what creativity means in their own terms, as it relates to their chosen academic field of study
  • Identify diverse ways to engage in “everyday creativity” in order to cultivate creativity as a lifelong practice or vocation
  • Demonstrate critical reflection on personal identity and social justice through creative expression
  • Appreciate and engage in diverse forms of creative expression: interpersonal (cultural), intrapersonal (journaling), linguistic (writing, speech), spatial (graphic art, design,), music, kinesthetic (body, dance), logical (pattern making, problem-solving), leadership (transformational, improvisational, collective)

Upcoming Hinderlie Events

Click below to see upcoming Hinderlie Events


Linked Course(s)

YES (for new First-Year residents)

All first-year residents are enrolled in a linked First Year Experience Program (FYEP) course on the topic of creativity.A certain number of class seats will be saved for commuter students to opt into this learning community. Previous courses have included:

  • 140 Characters: Reading and Writing in a Digital Age | Rona Kaufman | FYEP 101 Section 6 | TR 9:55-11:40
  • Counterculture | Jason Skipper | FYEP 101 Section 12 | TR 1:45-3:30
  • “Pop” Philosophy: Writing About Music, Taste and Culture | Michael Rings | FYEP 101 Sec 18 | TR 11:50-1:35 
  • Experience Captured: Writing About Visual Media | Christian Gerzso | FYEP 101 Section 19 | TR 9:55-11:40 

View the Fall 2019 Learning Community (LC) Linked FYEP 101 Courses document to read these course descriptions and learn more about LC linked courses.

Example Programs

Below are a few examples of programs that have occurred in Hinderlie in the past! If you have an idea for a wing or hall program, contact your Resident Assistant to see about planning it!

  • Splash of Creativity | Welcoming event to Hinderlie including the creation of a hall art project
  • Creativity 101 | A workshop-style discussion about how to find creativity in day-to-day life. Attendants will learn how to be “creative designers” and incorporate creativity into their lives no matter their major, hobbies, or activities
  • Where Do Ideas Come From? | Faculty led discussion about the origin of ideas
  • Perils and Pitfalls of Creativity | Faculty led discussion to explore the realm of creativity with a new philosophical lens
  • The Psychology of Creativity | Faculty led presentation/creative workshop about different types of creativity and how to maximize creative potential.
  • Creativity in the Workplace | Discussion about how creativity is used in the workplace and how residents’ creative minds can help in future jobs
  • Creativity: How to Manage Your Time, Talent, and Tweets | Faculty presentation on how to stay organized while having a social media presence and being creative all at the same time!
  • Creativity in Unexpected Places | Faculty presentation on breaking down the barriers individuals and society construct that bar the creative process, exploring multiple areas of study including, but not limited to: social justice, political science, biology, environmental science, and economics
  • The Modern Sketchbook: Cultivating a Lifestyle of Creativity | Workshop investigating how technology and the internet has shaped the definition of a sketchbook, and giving advice about how to stay engaged with archiving inspiration


For more information about this Learning Community option contact:

Sharon Templeton, Community Director for Hinderlie and Hong Halls | temples@plu.edu