Davidson currently offers students the opportunity to live in two different themed living-learning communities - International Theme Halls and the Eco-House. While the selection / assignment of these two types of communities runs concurrently with the Lottery Process, it has several additional requirements. To find more information on living in either of these communities, please read the information below.
International Theme Halls
International Theme Halls create exciting opportunities for you to enrich your academic and residential experiences by building bridges between them. Specifically, residing on an international theme hall allows you to:
- live with students who share your interest in a culture or region;
- participate in group activities centered around that culture;
- and enjoy regular, small-group interaction with a faculty advisor, campus guests, and the Dean Rusk Program staff.
Davidson College community standards and Residence Life Office regulations will apply on international halls. This includes the general campus regulations regarding smoking, alcohol, and the Code of Responsibility.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, Duke Residence Hall will accommodate one international theme hall based around the Spanish Language. This hall will accommodate 10 students. The theme and syllabus for this hall was chosen by a faculty member who will lead this hall during the year. Students who participate on this hall during the year and complete the requirements will receive one course credit.
In order to participate on this theme hall, students must complete a Theme Hall Application. Applications are due to the Dean Rusk Program Coordinator (Duke 126) by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 29. Selections will be made by Thursday, February 7.
Living in the Eco-House provides an extraordinary living experience for students at Davidson College. With this opportunity to live and learn in a cooperative, eco-friendly and sustainable housing situation comes much responsibility. Living in the Eco-House is a substantial extracurricular commitment; it is not just a residence. Eco-House residents must be able to commit to daily and weekly activities such as cooking, cleaning, House meetings, internal and external programming and events, and continuing education.
Each Eco-House resident assumes a House position and is expected to perform all responsibilities of his/her role. Failure to perform job expectations, which contribute significantly to the cooperative nature and spirit of the House, can result in loss of House privileges.
In addition to paying for their room, Eco-House residents are charged $900 each semester to cover the costs of shared expenses within the house.
In addition to significant House responsibilities, Eco-House members have a responsibility to educate the College community around issues of sustainability. This work is maintained through three primary vehicles:
- Serving as an advisory council to RLO regarding how to make all residential buildings more green and sustainably-based
- Establishing a liaison relationship with the Sustainability Fellow who works with Physical Plant
- Providing one large campus educational program each semester for the campus community; working closely with RLO staff to invite all campus residents to these events
In order to live in the Eco-House during the upcoming academic year, students must submit an individual Eco-House application. Selection will be based solely on the following:
- Applicant's desire to live in a sustainable and cooperative way
- Applicant's understanding of the various roles and responsiblities of house members, and
- Applicant's ability to live in the house for the entire academic year
Before applying, students are encouraged to attend an Eco-House Interest Session, hosted by the current residents of the house on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:00 pm.
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