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The Parish LLC welcomes male and female Porter Scholars as well as first-year Black-identifying students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. This community offers members structured learning experiences by taking five classes together, and participate in the Porter Scholarship and Black Male Initiative Retention Programs during their first year. The retention programs will provide support in areas including academic engagement, mentor support, peer connection, and student involvement. In addition, students in the living learning community will gain leadership skills through the student-managed chapter of the Society of Porter Scholars. The LLC will also offer various professional development workshops through the Black Male Initiative (yes, young ladies are sure welcomed and invited too). Furthermore, the LLC will assist students in fostering relationships with Black Faculty and Staff at the University and meaningful service connections in the local community.

Who can apply?

  • Male and female first-year Porter Scholars enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • All first-year Black-identifying students in the College of Arts & Sciences

What are the member benefits?

  • Increased scholarship retention rate when compared to first year scholarship recipients who do not live in the LLC
  • Specialized programming to promote successful transition to academic success
  • One-on-one coaching sessions
  • Increased opportunities for making connections and becoming more aware of campus resources
  • Programming designed to meet the needs of Black women and Black men
  • Opportunities for peer networking and connecting with Black faculty and staff
  • Programming designed for Black men to foster a fruitful transition to collegiate success
  • Access to some ticketed sporting events.

Required Courses:

Fall 2020

  • Two sections of GEN 101 to accommodate 32 students
  • POLS 111
  • ENG 101, and, ENG 102 for students who arrive with credit for ENG 101

Spring 2021

  • ENG 102
  • COMM 117 (TBD)


Service projects in Fall and Spring

Cardinal Preview Day

Porter Thanksgiving

Professional Development Seminars:

  • Hussle University (entrepreneurship)

Using the financial and entrepreneurial principals of the late Nipsey Hussle and other thought leaders of wealth building to educate students to be financially sound and independent.

  • Baggage Claim (mock interviews and etiquette dinner)

Focuses on three essential items to gain employment regardless of the career field. Learning how to communicate via the resume, cover letter and email will be covered in this workshop.

  • The Parishioners - Fellowship for creatives with digital production skillsets such as photography, graphic design, videography etc. who help tell the story of our students through digital media.

Meet the Advisors:

Leondra Gully is the Associate Director for the University of Louisville Cultural Center. She is responsible for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students of color as well as assisting with diversity efforts of the Cultural Center as part of the university's mission related to diversity. She has a role to play in enhancing the diversity and academic excellence of the campus through coordinating the retention program and providing academic support to students of color. She serves as the advisor for the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship Program in addition to overseeing the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) STEM initiative designed to support students of color.

Brandyn Bailey is the Assistant Director for the University of Louisville Cultural Center. He is charged with overseeing the Black Male Initiative and establishing a campus environment that Black Males will thrive within. He is the advisor for the Black Male Initiative which includes all undergraduate students who identify as Black Males. Additionally, Brandyn advises the Black Student Union and the student branch of BMI, Brothers United.


This LLC is housed in Miller Hall.

For any additional questions related to the Parish LLC, please contact Brandyn Bailey at or Leondra Gully at