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The Union College Residential Life Department provides administration and guidance over 13 theme houses; on-and off-campus residences where like-minded upper-class students live together for the purpose of embracing and promoting a common theme. These houses are self-directed living environments that must collaborate to provide campus wide programs throughout the year. The all co-ed houses range in size from apartments of seven students to houses of 20 students or more.
At capacity, Theme houses accommodate 130 students who are selected through an application process. One student in each house takes on the responsibility of house manager. In addition to basic supervision and documentation, the manager sits on the Theme House Consortium, a student governing organization. Together, managers and consortium representatives plan internal events open to the campus community. Theme Houses are up for review on a bi-annual basis, and there are also opportunities for students to start new theme houses. Current houses include the following themes:
ARTS House (Art and Creativity)
Bronner House (Multicultural Education)
Dickens House (Literature)
Europa House (Central and Eastern European Cultures)
IRIS House (LGBTQI advocacy and education)
Rights House (Civil Liberties advocacy and education)
Ozone House (Sustainable Campus Living)
Religious Diversity House
Symposium House (Political and social discourse)
Thurston house (East Asian culture)
Wells House (community Service)
Submitted by Jared Zeidman, Residence Director, Davidson and Webster Hall at Union College