Theme Communities

Participate in a theme community and you’ll discover an avenue for connecting with peers, mentors, and campus resources -- and an easier way to transition into and navigate through college life. A theme community allows you to explore and experience the University with other students who share your interests.

If you are interested in participating in a theme community, complete your housing application as well as the theme community application linked below.  Some theme communities require a short essay.

Incoming First-Year Residents

First-year residents are eligible to live in theme communities. Programming and services are offered to help explore and experience the University with other students who share your interests.

Adelia Cheever Program (Cheever)

The Adelia Cheever Program is a theme community focused on preparing women for leadership in a global society. Cheever combines in-hall workshops with service learning to promote understanding and respect of cultural differences, knowledge of international perspective and exploration of global issues.

Student-run committees offer leadership experience and encourage participants to initiate activities that interest them. The Program includes a number of opportunities for community building, leadership and personal growth:

  • Weekly “Cheever Chats” include discussions, workshops and speakers.
  • Student-run themes range from culture days and current event discussions to international movie nights.
  • Community service projects take place in both local and global venues.
  • Peer Mentors help first-year students with the transition to University life.
  • Collaborations with Cheever alumnae.
  • Participation in the hall and multicultural councils.
  • Serving on or leading a Cheever student committee.

Students admitted to the Cheever Theme will be assigned rooms in the Helen Newberry Residence.

Theme Expectations

 Students participate in the following activities:

  • All Cheever Chats (Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8pm) during the academic year.
  • Program and services directly implemented or sponsored by the Adelia Cheever Program.
  • Active membership on one Cheever committee.

Participation

The Cheever Theme is open to first-year students from all University of Michigan Schools and Colleges living in Helen Newberry House. Participants should have a strong desire to live, work and learn with women of diverse backgrounds and cultures from around the world.

Sustainable Living Experience (SLE)

Are you passionate about sustainability? Consider participating in the Sustainable Living Experience (SLE) Theme Community at Oxford Houses! The Sustainable Living Experience is a U-M Residential Theme Community dedicated to providing an inclusive and immersive environment for students to develop leadership in sustainability. SLE engages first-year students in sustainability activities from the first week on campus, and builds student connections with existing sustainability opportunities and programs. The cornerstones SLE community programming are:

  • Sustainable Community
  • Experiential Learning
  • Engaged Citizenship
  • Environmental Justice

Participants in SLE can take advantage of:

  • A community of students interested in sustainability
  • Mentorship from returning students
  • Access to community kitchens
  • Pre- and post-consumer composting in Oxford’s Twigs dining hall
  • A unique location across the street from the Nichols Arboretum and just a few blocks from the Trotter Multicultural Center and Central Campus Rec Building

Leadership opportunities with SLE include:

  • Championing sustainability pilots and projects
  • Increased ownership of their living space to make it more sustainable
  • A variety of social, academic, and multicultural events and programs organized by the SLE Program Board, which is a group of first and second-year students who are tasked with the development and implementation of community events
  • Exploration of the ways sustainability ties into academic and career interests

SLE welcomes students regardless of their academic focus.

Students will commit to deep learning addressing topics surrounded by transitioning to college and academic skill development. Through active involvement 1st Gen students will be better prepared to meet the demands of university life through understanding of self, utilization of campus resources, and developing meaningful relationships with students and staff.

Students admitted to SLE will be assigned rooms in Oxford Houses.

Theme Expectations

 Students participate in the following activities:

  • Participate in community wide orientation activities at the start of each semester
  • Meet once a semester with the SLE Director, Assistant Director, Program Assistant or a Peer Facilitator
  • Be an active member of the community by participating in SLE sponsored programs and events (three per semester is the suggested minimum)
  • Contribute to an inclusive community environment by welcoming all participants
  • Play an active role in building a sustainable community and sustainability projects at SLE
Questions about the program?  Visit the SLE website at lsa.umich.edu/sustainable-living, or send an email to sustainableliving-info@umich.edu.

First Generation College Student (1st Gen)

First Generation (1st Gen) theme housing will provide an extra layer of support for students who are the first to attend college in their family, during their first year of college. 1st Gen will maximize the success of the residents by helping them connect to each other, and creating a support system within the community. 1st Gen is dedicated to facilitating the development of helpful relationships between residents and the University of Michigan staff, and through offering intentional academic and personal development programming that will help students make the most of their Michigan experience.

Students will commit to deep learning addressing topics surrounded by transitioning to college and academic skill development. Through active involvement 1st Gen students will be better prepared to meet the demands of university life through understanding of self, utilization of campus resources, and developing meaningful relationships with students and staff.

Students admitted to 1st Gen program will be assigned rooms in Couzens Residence Hall.

Theme Expectations

 Students participate in the following activities:

  • Participate in programs provided as part of the 1st Gen experience
  • Enroll in ALA 171 their first semester living in the community
  • One-on-one meetings with ResStaff of the community
  • Attend programs and workshops outside of the residence halls
  • Engage in leadership opportunities on-campus and within the residential community
Participation
1st Gen is open to first generation college students in their first-year from all University of Michigan Schools and Colleges. Participants should have a strong desire to engage with the 1st Gen community and live with those of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Innovation (Entrepreneurship)

Innovation is a theme community focused on bringing residents together in a residential setting with an interest in innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. The theme combines in-hall programs with a creative exploration into entrepreneurship. Innovation is focused on providing guidance to our residents as they navigate the entrepreneurial network that will assist in making the most of their Michigan experience.

Ranked #3 for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs, Michigan offers entrepreneurial opportunities from many backgrounds and area of study. Participants of the theme will live, learn, and build a social network among each other for added personal and professional support.

Students admitted to Entrepreneurship will be assigned rooms in East Quadrangle Residence Hall.

Theme Expectations

Students participate in the following activities:

  • Participate in programs provided as part of the Entrepreneurship experience
  • Opportunity to enroll in entrepreneur courses
  • Enroll in ALA 171 their first semester living in the community
  • One-on-one meetings with ResStaff of the community
  • Attend programs and workshops outside of the residence halls
  • Engage in leadership opportunities on-campus and within the residential community
Participation
Entrepreneurship is open to first-year students from all University of Michigan Schools and Colleges with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. Participants should have a strong desire to engage with the Innovation community and live with others of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Multicultural Housing Community (MHC)

The Multicultural Housing Community (MHC) is designed to facilitate deep communication and understanding amongst students of diverse backgrounds and identities in an intentional manner. Students will commit to deep learning across difference and experience how to be accountable to their inclusive community. The community meaningfully engages with social justice education and restorative justice practices within their community, and thinks critically about how these values manifest in the residential community, on campus, and globally.

Social Justice is a way to promote diversity and inclusion within the community through education and community engagement. We strive to recognize the global society and diverse communities that our students make up and by doing that, create inclusive communities. Restorative Justice Practices engage community members in conversations about harm and collective accountability. The Restorative framework and practice emphasizes respect, relationships, and responsibility.

Students admitted to the Multicultural Theme will be assigned rooms in West Quadrangle Residence Hall.

Theme Expectations

Students participate in the following activities:

  • Participate in programs provided as part of the MHC experience
  • Coordinate programs or events in consultation with ResStaff for the community
  • Enroll in ALA 171 their first semester living in the community
  • One-on-one meetings with ResStaff of the community
  • Attend multi-cultural programs outside of the residence halls
Participation
The Multicultural Theme is open to first-year students from all University of Michigan Schools and Colleges. Participants should have a strong desire to engage in diversity and inclusion education and work, and to live in a community of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Applications will be available April 4th.

Incoming Transfer Residents

Upperclass Residents

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Email: housing@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-3164