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's culture of learning. They work together with a faculty or staff advisor to educate themselves and the larger community about their areas 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, participating in administrative aspects of the selection process, and having continued demonstrated interest from the community. Any questions about planning or organization of educational initiatives can be directed to the associate director of residence life and housing, an area coordinator, or an RA. Questions about starting a new IHC or how to maintain an existing IHC should be directed to the Housing Operations Office.
Greenhouse Mod, (Enfield 46 - 5 singles) 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.
Ultimate Frisbee, (Enfield 47 - 4 singles) Our goal is to be a community resource that promotes the growth of the Ultimate Frisbee on Hampshire campus. We wish to promote the values of the importance of teamwork and improvement (on an individual and community scale), along with a strong emphasis on sportsmanship, which in Ultimate is known as "the Spirit of the Game."
Kosher Mod, (Prescott 82 - 4 singles) A Kosher living space. All students are 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.
Creative Healing House, (Enfield 65 - 6 singles) "Our mission is to seek alternative healing practices through art, spirituality, community, and mostly each other. As people of color on campus, we find that white notions of self care are often put upon us making our own creativity from within repressed. We value centering each other's experiences as a vulnerable state of connection, break down the hierarchies of communication through circle practices, and being support systems for one another."
The Mindfulness Mod will not be available for 2021-2022.
Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will open March 22 and close on April 6 at 6 p.m. (check the important dates and deadlines page for upcoming deadlines). Students may apply to multiple communities, but can only accept an invitation to one. All applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of current residents and Residence Life and Housing staff members. Invitations to chosen applicants will be sent via Hampshire email addresses. Upon receiving an invitation, applicants will have 48 hours to respond confirming their placement, or will forfeit the offer.
If you are interested in joining an Intentional Housing Community in the fall of 2021 or spring of 2022, please reach out to the Housing Operations Office for more information.
Each IHC must select a contact person who will act as a facilitator and liaison with the HOO throughout the summer and academic year. This person will be responsible for communicating with the HOO and ensuring the IHC is completing all requirements. The contact person's attendance at an informational meeting each semester is mandatory.
IHCs are required to implement two educational initiatives each semester. An educational initiative can be anything that increases knowledge about the intentional housing community’s area of interest and furthers the mission of the community. Past initiatives have included discussions, film screenings, art shows, open houses, and community meals. The audience can be as large as the Five College community or as small as the group. Residents must submit a brief evaluation form within one week of the event (a link to the evaluation form will be provided by the HOO via Hampshire email to all members of intentional housing communities). Evaluations will describe the type of event, how it was promoted, how it furthered the mission of the housing community, and how successful it was.
If spaces become available over the summer, the HOO, in coordination with the contact person, will attempt to fill them with alternates. If no alternates were listed, or those listed no longer wish to live in the IHC, the HOO will attempt to fill spaces through an application process in coordination with the contact person. The HOO, however, reserves the right to place interested students in vacancies if deemed administratively necessary.
IHCs should work actively with the HOO to recruit new members whenever vacancies arise during the year. In order to continue as an IHC, groups will need to participate in the spring room choosing process.
Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in loss of the space at the end of the academic year. IHCs that do not complete any educational initiatives during the fall semester may lose their status at the end of that semester.
You must first contact the Housing Operations Office before any attempt to create an Intentional Housing Community. There are currently no requests or proposals for new Intentional Housing Communities at this time.