Theme Communities at IIT
Reserving A Room In a Theme Community
IIT students reserve campus housing through the Room Reservation process. Students will also be able to choose to live in theme communities. More information about the general Room Reservation process can be viewed here. Below is information about living in theme communities and how to apply.
Residence and Greek Life is offering unique living environments through the theme communities program. Residents who choose to live in theme communities will benefit from building close relationships with other residents who share similar interests. Residents will have opportunities to develop leadership skills through active participation in the community. By selecting a room in the designated community, first year students who agree to the expectations may participate in the service learning, sustainability, or recreation and wellness theme communities. Returning students may participate in any of the theme community offerings by reserving a room on the designated residence hall floor.
Theme Communities for 2012-2013
In 2012-2013, residents will be able choose between six theme communities. They are:
Service Learning – This community is designed for energetic students who are passionate about giving back to and making a difference within their community. Partnering with the Office of Service Learning, residents in the service learning community will develop and participate in service activities in and around the campus community to enrich the lives of others. Residents are encouraged to take an active leadership role within the community and incorporate personal interests into projects and programs for their floor and the larger MSV community. Through discussion, service, and reflection, students develop a personal philosophy about their role in our world. Students also assess how they can contribute to a more civil society while becoming more active and positive role models within university life and beyond. This community is hosted on the 3rd floor of East Hall in MSV.
Interfaith Exploration Community – This community was created for individuals open to faith exploration and conversation about different beliefs, including agnostics and atheists. Students who are interested, curious and accepting of different views on religion are invited to bring their knowledge, questions, and conversations to the community. Residents of this community will assist in educating others about similarities across religions, opinions and applications of different religions/faiths and opportunities with different faith/religious groups on campus, as well as growing in their own faiths.
Greek & Leadership Community – Individuals looking to learn more about fraternity and sorority life and being a leader – those who are already Greek, those interested in becoming Greek, as well as those interested in learning more about what it means to be Greek are invited to be a part of this community. Residents will be challenged with creating Greek Pride on campus as well as learning and educating others about the values from each chapter house.
Global Village (Gunsaulus Hall) – Housing a diverse group of domestic and international students, this Global Village community encourages students to become global citizens as they explore the many connections among language, art and culture on regional, national, and international scales. Residents are encouraged to learn about other cultures as well as share their own heritage through community discussions, programs and activities. This community is hosted on the 1st floor of Gunsaulus Hall. This theme community is designated for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
Global Village (MSV) – Housing a diverse group of domestic and international students, this Global Village community encourages students to become global citizens as they explore the many connections among language, art and culture on regional, national, and international scales. Residents are encouraged to learn about other cultures as well as share their own heritage through community discussions, programs and activities. This community is hosted on the 1st floor of Gunsaulus Hall. New and returning students are welcome to join this community.
Sustainable Living Community – This community is designed with environmentally conscious students in mind. By living together with fellow students who share common interests and ideals, the individual student becomes part of a true community, a community that is also tied to the greater world beyond the confines of IIT. Residents of this community will engage in service projects focused on sustainability, develop and participate in residence hall programming and consciously incorporate conservation practices into their everyday life. This community is hosted on the 1st floor of Lewis Hall in MSV.
Theme Community Resident Expectations
Academic and Judicial Standing:
From the time of application through the conclusion of membership in the community, residents must be in good academic and judicial standing.
Active Community Membership:
• Theme community residents are expected to attend meetings related to the community on a regular basis.
• Theme communities will select a Theme Community Leader to serve on the Floor Leadership Team.
• Assist the Resident Advisor/Theme Community Leader with planning at least one floor activity each semester.
• Participate in planning of a campus-wide program related to the theme of the community at least once per semester.
• Participate in assessment and evaluation efforts of the theme community program.