Theme Housing

Are you interested in Theme Housing?

First-Year and Transfer Theme Housing Application: Apply here (The deadline to apply is May 12, 2017 for priority consideration)
Upperclassman Theme Housing Application: Apply Here (Deadline to apply is March 8, 2017) 2017-2018 locations are not yet determined

Theme Housing Resource Page

Theme housing at Eastern brings together students with similar interests to live together within the same area of a residence hall. Theme housing serves as an additional opportunity for students to gain leadership, academic and social skills. Students living in theme housing will participate in meetings, assist in planning programs, work toward common goals, and engage with the larger residential community. Students who elect to live in theme housing must complete a separate application prior to the room selection process. If accepted into a theme, participants must sign an agreement acknowledging that they will fully contribute and participate in what the theme area has to offer.

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Theme Housing Communities

First-Year/Transfer Theme Housing Communities:

HONORS SCHOLARSThis community will serve as a support for students who have been identified as University  Honors Scholars. This community will provide academic and social support for these students while providing opportunities for them to engage with the Eastern Community. This community will work closely with the University Honors Program, is located in Constitution Hall. Click here for the Honors Scholars agreement

QUIET/SUBSTANCE-FREE – This community will serve as a support  for students who desire a quieter residential setting and who want to surround themselves with others who commit their lifestyle to remaining substance-free. As such, students who apply for this community should be accustomed to not partaking of alcohol substances or smoke-related substances and will be required to refrain from bringing guests who do partake of such substances into the community. This community will also exercise extended “Quiet Hours” of 8pm-8am and is located in Constitution Hall. Click here for the Quiet & Substance-Free agreement

FIRST-YEAR RESIDENTIAL EXPERIENCE (FYRE) – This community will offer students a structured program to assist with their transition to college by facilitating academic, personal and leadership development through programmatic components, initiatives and resources. FYRE students will be paired with an upperclassman mentor who will assist the first-year student with their adjustment to Eastern. FYRE seeks to foster student success during the student’s first year to enhance retention into the second year and is located in Mead Hall. Click here for the FYRE agreement

TRANSFER TRANSITION THEME (T3) – This community offers a structured program to aid participating student with their transition to Eastern Connecticut State University from another institution, whether a community college or four-year institution. T3 seeks to seamlessly integrate students to the University and foster student success during their first year at Eastern, enhancing their rates of retention, campus engagement and sense of belonging. This theme is located in Niejadlik Hall. Click here for the T3 agreement

GENDER INCLUSIVE – This community will serve as a supportive and welcoming environment for students who have an interest in being as inclusive as possible as it pertains to gender identities and gender expression and would find comfort in living with others who have similar interests. Students within this community will have the option of receiving support from Campus Safe Space Allies as well as the Pride Room. This community is located in Constitution Hall. Click here for the Gender Inclusive agreement

CIVIC & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT – This community will unite students who demonstrate an interest and commitment to issues surrounding social justice and community engagement. Residents will examine global and local social issues; residents will also develop and implement programs to address the needs of the local Willimantic community.  This community will work closely with the Center for Community Engagement and is located in Constitution Hall. Click here for the Civic and Community Engagement agreement

HEALTHY LIVING – This community is ideal for students who are interested in learning about and participating in activities that will lead to healthier and happier lifestyles. Students will learn about nutrition, exercise/physical wellness, stress relief and one’s own health and wellness. This theme will work closely with the Office of Wellness Promotion and Intramurals/Recreation and is located in Burnap Hall.

GAME ON (SPORTS) – This community is ideal for students who are highly interested in competitive games and team sports. Students will have the opportunity to participate in various intramural teams, develop and play in various competitive sporting events, and potentially attend various collegiate athletic events (at Eastern and beyond) as well as professional athletic sporting events. This theme will work closely with the Intramurals/Recreation and is located in Burnap Hall.

FUN & GAMERS – This community will facilitate an awareness and appreciation of the culture of gaming as it relates to cards, video games, board games, etc. Participants will expand their own interested in gaming while sharing interested with others. The community will strive to break the gender, racial and intellectual stereotypes typically associated with gaming. This theme will be located in Crandall Hall.

Upperclassman Communities:

HONORS SCHOLARS – This community will serve as a support for students who have been identified as University  Honors Scholars. This community will provide academic and social support for these students while providing opportunities for them to engage with the Eastern Community. This community will work closely with the University Honors Program and is located in Nutmeg Hall and is advised by Eunice Omega. Click here for the Honors Scholars agreement

CIVIC & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT – This community will unite students who demonstrate an interest and commitment to issues surrounding social justice and community engagement. Residents will examine global and local social issues; residents will also develop and implement programs to address the needs of the local Willimantic community.  This community will work closely with the Center for Community Engagement and is advised by Scott Nolan and Arlene Theodore. Click here for the Civic and Community Engagement agreement

QUIET/SUBSTANCE-FREE – This community will serve as a support  for students who desire a quieter residential setting and who want to surround themselves with others who commit their lifestyle to remaining substance-free. As such, students who apply for this community should be accustomed to not partaking of alcohol substances or smoke-related substances and will be required to refrain from bringing guests who do partake of such substances into the community. This community will also exercise extended “Quiet Hours” of 8pm-8am and is advised by Sara Madera. Click here for the Quiet & Substance-Free agreement

GENDER INCLUSIVE – This community will serve as a supportive and welcoming environment for students who have an interest in being as inclusive as possible as it pertains to gender identities and gender expression and would find comfort in living with others who have similar interests. Students within this community will have the option of receiving support from Campus Safe Space Allies as well as the Pride Room and is advised by Jeff Massanelli. Click here for the Gender Inclusive agreement

SOCIAL JUSTICE – This community will expose participants to a diverse array of people, experiences and causes while being united in their passion for social justice and equality. Participants will become aware of social issues and trends and will exchange viewpoints on matters of culture, religion, race, language, and gender equity. Students will also have the opportunity to expand upon personal knowledge through a dynamic collaboration with peers and other university offices and is advised by Alicia McKenzie. Click here for the Social Justice agreement

THE GREEN THEME – ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY – This community will allow students who are interested in environmental issues the opportunity to participate in numerous initiatives related to sustainability, going green, reducing carbon footprint, conserving natural resources, and recycling. Various service projects related to the environment will be conducted throughout the year and is advised by Josh Sumrell. Click here for the Green Theme agreement

FIRST-GENERATION (First G) – This community provides resources and support for college student who self-identify as the first in their family to attend college. The First-G community will offer peer mentoring, individual and small group tutoring, academic counseling, social activities, informative workshops and other resources that will assist students during their time at Eastern.

CAREER BEGINNINGS – This community is geared toward students who are interested in maximizing their career development skills, experiences and portfolio. Students will have the opportunity to be paired with mentors in their desired career professions, they will develop a strong resume, and will learn about steps they should be taking now to be able to enter the career field of their choice.This theme will work closely with the Center for Internships & Career Development and students will be able to attend workshops and events that will enhance their job placement marketability.

HEALTHY LIVING – This community is ideal for students who are interested in learning about and participating in activities that will lead to healthier and happier lifestyles. Students will learn about nutrition, exercise/physical wellness, stress relief and one’s own health and wellness. This theme will work closely with the Office of Wellness Promotion and the Office of Campus Recreation.