Residence life and housing is committed to supporting and complementing the academic program with the goal of creating a holistic environment that encourages collaboration, connections, learning, and personal growth. It is with this goal in mind that intentional housing communities were established.
Intentional housing communities are living spaces where the residents have chosen to come together around a particular area of interest that will contribute to and cultivate the campus’ culture of learning. They work together with a faculty or staff advisor to educate themselves and the larger community about their area of interest. Students who elect to reside in these spaces can expect to gain meaningful relationships with one another, lasting connections with staff and faculty, access to greater campus resources, and sense of pride in their community.
What are the existing intentional housing communities?
Wellness Hall, Merrill C-3 Long: a Living Learning Community for students in their first year at Hampshire
Social Justice Hall, Dakin F-3: a Living Learning Community for students in their first year at Hampshire
Community Engagement for Social Change Hall, coming fall 2013: a Living Learning Community for students in their first year at Hampshire
Transition Mod, Greenwich 17: a Transition Hampshire initiative that aims at creating an intentionally open, inclusive, and resilient living space by encompassing individualized definitions of the word "sustainable." All continuing students welcome to apply.
Greenhouse Mod, Enfield 46: a place for growing plants and food, learning about environmental sustainability, and for events that bring the Hampshire community together. All continuing students welcome to apply.
Women’s Empowerment, Enfield 66: a safe and supportive space actively to engage with and challenge the normative expectations placed on women. Female and/or female self-identified continuing students welcome to apply.
Kosher Mod, Prescott 82: a Kosher living space. All students welcome to apply.
The deadline to apply to live in an existing intentional housing community is March 29. You may apply to multiple communities.
All applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of current residents and the group's advisor. Invitations to chosen applicants will be sent via email by April 8.
How can I create a new Intentional Housing Community?
Groups interested in creating new intentional housing communities must have met with the assistant director of residence life by 4 p.m. on April 12 (appointments must be scheduled by April 10).
Approved groups will be given three additional lottery points to add to their total points. They will participate in the lottery in the traditional manner. There is no guarantee they will win a mod. Groups who do not win a mod may choose to try to win a dorm hall with the understanding that students will be placed in vacant rooms by the HOO. They may also choose to keep all application materials on file for use in the next spring’s lottery.
What are the criteria for creating an intentional housing community?
1. The group must have a mission statement.
2. The group must have a signed advisor agreement indicating the continuing support of a faculty or staff member who will act in an advisory role. Advisor agreements can be found on the last page of the informational booklet or picked up at the housing operations office.
3. The group must have a proposal, including timelines, for two educational initiatives to be carried out in the following semester.
4. Groups may consist of 5 or 6 people; 2 must consent to live in a double together.
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