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)

The Sustainable Living Experience (SLE) is a U-M Residential Theme Community dedicated to providing an inclusive and immersive environment for students to develop lifelong leadership in sustainability and environmental justice issues. SLE welcomes students regardless of academic focus, and aims to foster a culture of sustainability where it is based and across all of campus. Towards this end SLE integrates sustainability programming and learning opportunities into the freshman experience and functions as a community of engaged learners and sustainability leaders. The cornerstones of SLE community programming are:

Engaged Citizenship
Experiential Learning
Engaged Citizenship

Programming

SLE offers student residents unique learning, leadership and engagement opportunities. Previous SLE programs have included:

  • Food preparation workshops in the community kitchens at Oxford Houses
  • Learning Circles with themes driven by student interests, such as environmental justice
  • SLE Retreat at the Biological Station
  • Sustainability trivia and other social events
  • Gardening
  • Farm visits and workdays
  • Minigrants for sustainability projects
  • Service learning opportunities
  • Opportunities for students to return as community leaders

Resources

Participants in SLE can take advantage of:

  • A community of students interested in sustainability
  • Hands-on monitoring and implementation of sustainability projects
  • Mentorship from faculty and 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

Expectations

SLE students are expected to:

  • Live in designated halls at Oxford Houses
  • Participate in SLE welcome activities at the start of each semester
  • Enroll in the 1 credit SLE Seminar for both fall and winter semesters
  • Participate in SLE sponsored programs and events
  • Contribute to an inclusive community environment welcoming of all SLE members and their diverse identities
  • Play an active role in building a sustainable community and sustainability projects

Questions about the program? Visit the SLE Web site at lsa.umich.edu/sustainable-living, or send an email to sle.staff@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 differences 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 multicultural 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.

Questions may be directed to ThemeHousing@umich.edu.

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