Rutgers-Newark Honors Program Takes New Approach to Developing Citizen Leaders
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
As a star sprinter on his high school track team, Christopher Latonnel was recruited by numerous colleges before putting Duke University in his top two. Latonnel ultimately chose Rutgers University-Newark, however, because he says the school focused more on his academic potential rather than his athletic prowess and admitted him to its Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC).
The HLLC is an access-and-success initiative that seeks to recruit future leaders, especially those in Newark, and bring them to live and learn together within a network of academic, financial, and emotional support so that they can thrive in college and graduate as societal change agents.