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Intentional Housing Communities

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 in which 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.

All IHCs are required to host two (2) educational initiatives each semester. An educational initiative can be anything that increases knowledge about the community’s area of interest. It can be hosting a discussion, creating a blog, screening a film, or displaying thought-provoking artwork on the Magic Board. The audience can be as large as the Five College community or as small as the IHC group. Once the event is over, the IHC must submit a IHC Educational Initiative Evaluation. Evaluations are due no later than one week after the event. The ability to continue these communities is contingent upon groups hosting these events, and having continued demonstrated interest from the community. Any questions about planning or organization can be directed to the assistant director of residence life, an area coordinator, or an RA.

Quick Links:
See the 2015 Identity-Based Mods and Intentional Housing Communities booklet
Apply for IHCs here

Current Intentional Housing Communities

Students must apply for an existing intentional housing community by the appointed deadline, and 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. Applications may be submitted at any time, but will only be considered for open spaces when they become available..

Greenhouse Mod, Enfield 46: A place for growing plants and food, learning about environmental sustainability, and for events that bring the Hampshire community together. These students care for and maintain the Enfield Greenhouse.

Health Integration Mod, Enfield 50: A space for students who are studying biological or anatomical sciences, and are integrating healthy living and exercise into their daily routines. Students who are premed or pre-health, and active in athletics, fitness, and healthy living are welcome to apply.

Kosher Mod, Prescott 82: A Kosher living space. All students welcome to apply, regardless of religious affiliation. Unlike other IHCs, the Kosher Mod is an institutionally-designated space and students must re-apply each year to ensure we are meeting the needs of the whole community.

Middle Eastern Immersion Mod, Greenwich 9: A safe space for students to learn from each other, where students who study the Middle East can learn from Middle Eastern students and vice versa. All aspects of Middle Eastern culture is incorporated into mod life, such as language, food, holidays, and discussion of current issues.

Mindfulness Mod, Greenwich 7: A space where students will support one another to be mindful and cultivate moment-by-moment, non-judgmental, focused attention and awareness.

Movement Mod, Greenwich 19: A safe and accessible space to encourage each other and the broader community to remain active and present in our bodies through movement. All members will bring traditional and non-traditional dance into their everyday life while deeply exploring how we can know and communicate with our own and others’ bodies.

Music and Radio Production Mod, Greenwich 31: Students focus on the creation of quality recorded and produced pieces for broadcast or distribution. Through use of their own equipment, as well as utilizing various college facilities, they will provide Hampshire musicians and artists an opportunity to make professional records of their work.

Outdoors Mod, Greenwich 37: A group of students helping themselves and the Hampshire community to connect with the outdoors, nature, eco-spirituality, and wellness through nature. 

The Sound Co-op, Greenwich 35: A group of students who intend to create an inclusive, respectful, and encouraging environment for music lovers, creators, and listeners of all shapes and sizes. Students share ideas, research, and original acoustic music, and explore songwriting tactics.

Spiritual Womyn's Mod, Greenwich 40: A place for self-identified Womyn that promotes and heightens spirituality. A collective space to support and guide spiritual paths and encourage the mindful growth of the Hampshire community. 

STEM Mod, Greenwich 36: A space where students can share knowledge and discuss ideas related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They focus on developing a community committed to the advancement and appreciation of STEM in everyday lives.

Transition Mods, Greenwich 17 and 18: A Transition Hampshire initiative that aims at creating an intentionally open, inclusive, and resilient living space by encompassing individualized definitions of the word "sustainable."

Upcycling Mod, Greenwich 20: A mod that will work to integrate art and sustainability in the Hampshire community, by educating students on the importance of reusing and repurposing, and organizing a series of sustainable art projects and events.

Women's Empowerment Mod Enfield 66: A safe and supportive space to actively engage with and challenge the normative expectations placed on women.

Living and Learning Communities are intentional housing communities that are open only to students in their first year at Hampshire, and must be applied for during the new student housing process.

How can I create a new Intentional Housing Community?

Groups interested in creating new intentional housing communities must meet with the assistant director of residence life by the appointed deadline to be considered.

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 that 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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