Theme House Application

Theme House applications can be found in Orgsync.

WHAT?

The Dean of Students office will be accepting proposals from the student body to create special interest houses that focus on a specific theme.  The theme should contribute to the broader educational and social growth of the community. Applications for theme houses are reviewed on an annual basis.

Examples of types of initiatives that we would consider, although any proposals are welcome, include:

  • A theme house centered around a particular academic or intellectual pursuit, e.g., an interest house with a focus on student/faculty research.
  • A theme house to support a common interest, e.g., substance-free social programming, hunting and fishing, health and wellness, etc.
  • A Greek organization with a mission and plan to provide meaningful social, service, philanthropic, and leadership experiences. 

WHY?

We would like to provide an intentionally designed living learning experience with the following goals in mind:

  • To house a group of students together who support a specific shared academic/co-curricular interest.
  • To provide an educational/social benefit to the house members as well as to the campus community.
  • To enhance the connection between academics, co-curricular activities, and the residential experience.
  • To plan and implement programs throughout the academic year that will:
    • Further the development of the residents within the house, and
    • Educate the campus community with programs that highlight the theme of the house.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications can be found in Orgsync.

Submit your proposal with the following policies & procedures in mind. 

  • There must be a plan in place, at the time of submission, to fill all beds in the house. (Occupancy in the houses ranges from six to 14 residents.)
  • Theme houses and Greek organizations must have an advisor. The advisor must be a faculty or staff member who is interested in the purpose and goal of your theme house.
  • A house manager must be appointed who will be responsible for scheduling house meetings, distributing information to house residents, and liaising with the Office of Residential Life. Incoming new students cannot live in a theme house.
  • Each proposal must include a plan, budget, and source of funding for the academic year, identifying their aspirations and commitments for the year. 

SELECTION PROCESS

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of students, staff, and faculty. 

Please direct any questions to Benuel Post (btpost@sewanee.edu), Area Coordinator for Thematic Housing or the Office of Residential Life (reslife@sewanee.edu, 931.598.1446).