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.

SubFree (Substance Free)

SubFree Living provides a community for students seeking to live in an environment free of alcohol and drugs. The theme community was created so that students who prefer to live in a substance-free area could do so with the support and respect of their peers. The RA on the floor will provide a variety of events tailored to the theme based on social, educational, wellness, and other needs. All students in this theme are committed to a substance-free residential experience.

Theme Expectations

Students participate in the following:

  • Programs provided as part of the SubFree experience
  • One-on-one meetings with ResStaff of the community
  • Engage in leadership opportunities on campus and within the residential community.
Participation

SubFree is open to first-year students from all University of Michigan Schools and Colleges with a passion and commitment for living substance free. Participants should have a strong desire to engage with the SubFree community and live with others of diverse backgrounds and cultures. It is expected that participants are respecting the community by making sure themselves, their guests, and assigned room is free of substances.

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. 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 first year college experience and functions as a community of engaged learners and sustainability leaders. The cornerstones of SLE community programming are:

  • Sustainable Community
  • Experiential Learning
  • Engaged Citizenship

Programming

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

  • Educational trips such as retreats and service learning
  • Minigrants for sustainability projects
  • Campus Farm visits and workdays
  • Food preparation workshops in the community kitchens at Oxford Houses
  • Learning Circles with themes driven by student interests
  • Sustainability trivia and other social events
  • Designing and maintaining the SLE perennial edible garden
  • Opportunities to return as student leaders within SLE

Resources

Participants in SLE can take advantage of:

  • A community of students interested in sustainability issues
  • A first-year seminar designed specifically to support SLE student success and understanding and engagement with sustainability issues
  • Mentorship from faculty and students
  • Access to community kitchens
  • Implementation and monitoring of sustainability projects
  • Composting
  • 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 2 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

Questions about the program? Visit the SLE Web site, or send us an email. 

First Generation College Student (1st Gen)

First-Generation College Student (1st Gen) theme housing community will provide an extra layer of support for first-year students who are the first in their family to attend college. 1st Gen is dedicated to maximizing student success by creating a support system within the community that facilitates the development of helpful relationships between residents and University of Michigan staff. Through offering intentional academic support and personal development programming that addresses college transition, 1st Gen will help students make the most of their Michigan experience.

Students admitted to the 1st Gen theme community will live in a specific floor among a larger residence hall. They will commit to deep learning and exploration that will prepare them to meet the demands of university life through an 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:

  • Programs provided as part of the 1st Gen experience
  • One-on-one meetings with ResStaff of the community
  • 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 (Entrepreneurship) housing theme community will provide a collaborative living-learning space for residents interested in innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. Ranked #3 for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs, Michigan offers entrepreneurial opportunities from many backgrounds and areas of study that residents living in this community will be exposed to. Through creative exploration of entrepreneurship, the Innovation community will focus on providing guidance to residents as they navigate the entrepreneurial network that will help students make the most of their Michigan experience.

Students admitted to the Innovation theme community will live on the same floor together within a larger residence hall. They will live, learn, and build a social network amongst each other and University of Michigan staff for additional personal and professional support.

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:

  • Programs provided as part of the Innovation experience
  • One-on-one meetings with ResStaff of the community
  • 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 in 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 makeup 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.

Incoming Transfer Residents

Upperclass Residents

All Undergraduate Residents

Gender Inclusive Living Experience (GILE)

Gender Inclusive Living Experience (GILE) provides a safe space for transgender, gender non-conforming, agender, and similarly identified students. Allies who have an understanding of gender identity and gender expression and are willing to actively contribute to an inclusive community are also encouraged to apply. GILE residents live in a cluster of rooms in the same hallway and have access to gender-inclusive restrooms within East Quad (they are also the only residents in the building that have access to the gender-inclusive restrooms on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors). GILE is located in East Quad

Theme Expectations

 Students participate in the following activities:

  • Participate in programs and events
  • Attend weekly hall dinners

You may also be interested in exploring Michigan Learning Communities. Michigan Learning Communities allow students with similar academic interests or goals to live, study, and take courses together in a community.

Questions may be directed to ThemeHousing@umich.edu.

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