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Theme Housing

As part of the system of social and residential life, students have been encouraged to form theme houses under the sponsorship of faculty advisors. Students submit proposals for theme living to the College Council, which accepts the proposals and allocates space for the programs when there is a clear linkage between student efforts to pursue or realize the College’s central educational and cultural ideals and residential life. All theme houses are expected to enrich the life of the campus by undertaking outreach programs that educate students about the particular theme which is used to organize the residence.

Each member of the theme house is expected to adhere to all responsibilities that are required of house members. The effectiveness of the house rests firmly on an accepted code of behavior in which cooperative living and consideration for others are the keynotes. Individual theme houses are responsible for developing workable ways of alleviating individual differences and resolving conflicts so that the rights of each student and the rights of the community are protected. Residents who do not adhere to the expectations of the theme house they are living in may be removed to other campus housing on the recommendation of the advisor of the house, the Director of Residential Life, or the Dean of Students.

Theme houses are reviewed each year by the College Council, which solicits a description from each house of its activities for the year, and judges its success in meeting the goals of theme housing. New theme houses are reviewed with special care for their first three years, and then are considered presumptively ongoing. Presumptively ongoing houses will continue to be reviewed, but will only be moved by the College Council from their current location or denied renewal if they clearly and consistently fail to meet the goals of theme housing for a sustained period of time.

In general, no student may live in a particular theme house for more than two years.
Upperclass students are eligible to apply. First-year students may apply after their first semester, pending available vacancies.

For the current year, the themes and locations are as follows.

Cultural House

 

Life-Style Houses

Language Houses

The Asian Culture House
has been established to enhance awareness
of all Asian cultures and to promote
diversity on campus...

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Residing in the Charles Drew House
will offer many opportunities to gain insight
into the cultural heritage of African,
African-American and African-Caribbean people.

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La Casa, located at Seligman House, brings
together students interested in celebrating
and enhancing awareness of the Latino culture
through various activities...

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The Arts House exists in order to help
foster the presence of the arts on campus,
to provide a supportive working environment
for student artists, and to facilitate
the production and exhibition of student art
on the campus at large...

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The Health and Wellness Quarter provides
an alternative housing experience for
Amherst College students seeking to live
in an environment free of alcohol and drugs...

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Humphries is primarily vegetarian with
an alternative style of living for those
willing to be committed to co-operative
and community living...

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The Residential Language Programs will offer students
the opportunity to "live the language" through the experience
of total immersion in both the language and the culture.
Residents are expected to speak the language at all times
and participate in cultural programming for the campus
(i.e., films, lectures, speakers, debates, and social events.)


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