Are you an organic farmer, eager to share your experiences? Or maybe you’re a musician interested in teaching songwriting? Are you an entrepreneur? Writer? Knitter? Whatever your passion, the SIR welcomes “scholars” like you to visit, stay in a residential hall and share your experiences and expertise with our students.
Our goals for the SIR Program are to:
- Offer learning experiences beyond the classroom
- Motivate and inspire students
- Enhance the satisfaction of residents
- Encourage the integration of curricular and co-curricular experiences
- Promote student success
Who can apply?
A SIR can be anyone who is engaging, interesting and passionate about their work. During their stay, SIRs live in an apartment located in one of our Central Campus residence halls and eat in the residential dining halls. The length of stay is determined by the SIR’s proposed program and events. Short-term (roughly 1 week) stays are most common. While staying on-campus, SIRs have the opportunity to interact with students daily during their stay. They are also asked to organize activities to engage students. (Any supplies needed for SIR activities will be paid for by the sponsoring program.) Some ideas might be to:
- Host a program or gathering;
- Share a meal (or cook one!) with residents;
- Visit a campus museum;
- Host a talent show;
- Give a talk or host an open mike;
- Create an event that reflects your particular expertise or interest
The University of Michigan advocates for diversity, social justice, the inclusion of all students (regardless of race, sex, gender sexual orientation, socio-economic status, ability status, etc.) and the fight for social change. All activities should be planned to reflect this ideal.
All who take part in the SIR program are expected to:
- Promote integrity, accountability, responsibility, respect, collaboration and the goals of the SIR program;
- Embrace and celebrate issues of diversity;
- Evaluate and refine their programs to best meet the needs of the students;
- Promote the connection between curricular and co-curricular living;
- Contribute to communities that embrace civic responsibility, life-long learning and healthy lifestyles;
- Address each student as a unique individual;
- Maintain balance and perspective to serve as a role model for students; and
- Follow all residence hall policies while living in, and interacting with, the community
SIR apartments are located in Alice Lloyd, Couzens, Mosher-Jordan and North Quadrangle residence halls. Each apartment is fully furnished.
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- Double bed
- Bath/hand towels
- Bath mat
- Living Room
- Dining Room
- Four Chairs
- Coffee Maker
- Utensils, plates, cups and bowls
We are unable to provide 24-hour service or laundry service during your stay, but you will have access to coin-operated laundry facilities in your residence hall. Please bring your own toiletries and snacks for after-meal hours. If you are unable to bring these items, there are vending machines in the residence halls and convenience stores nearby. You will receive an emergency contact number when you are admitted to the program.
How to Apply
We welcome applicants who have a diverse range of experiences. When applying for a SIR position, please consider how your program will benefit students and what they will take away from the experience. Please consider what you will gain from your SIR experience, as well.
Applicants will be selected based upon relevant topic matters, efficient use of time with residents during the stay and availability. (Applications submitted at least three weeks prior to the intended stay will have top priority.) Applicants will be notified via email and will have one week to confirm their stay. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
In March of 2013, the SIR program hosted Carmelita Tropicana, a performance artist, playwright, and actor who burst onto New York’s downtown performing arts scene in the eighties. Humor and fantasy become subversive tools to rewrite history in Tropicana’s work, and her performances, plays and videos have been presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Hebbel Am Ufer in Berlin, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea in Barcelona and the Berlin International Film Festival. She has received numerous awards including the prestigious “Anonymous Was a Woman”, fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and an Obie for Sustained Excellence in Performance.
Ms. Tropicana facilitated activities for the North Quad Community including a film screening, brown-bag lunch, late-night snack discussion and a workshop on creating a performance alter ego.
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