Starting a Special-Interest Community
New special-interest groups and living-learning communities will be granted a living unit to provide the group with meeting/living space to enhance the identity of the group and unity among its members. The presentation will need to reflect this purpose. All presentations should include the following: purpose and mission statement for the community, how living in a designated space will enhance the experience, how the group plans to deal with problems/issues as they arise, action plan for dealing with community members who have not met community standards, plan to deal with unexpected vacancies, and programming ideas and goals that plan to be accomplished.
New Special-Interest Housing Application Process
- Applications are available on Life@Babson on the Residence Life page. Applications are due by 4 p.m. February 13, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified if they will be moving on to the presentation round of the process by February 20, 2015.
- Applicants that are invited to the presentation round will present on February 27, 2015.
- Final decisions will be made and applicants will be notified of their status by March 6, 2015.
We are looking to hear the reflections of returning applicants about what you have done well and areas you would like to improve upon. Please consider the following in your reflection: purpose and mission statement for your community, examples of how your community adheres to your purpose and mission statement, how living in a designated space has contributed to your group, how the group demonstrates adhering to Babson community standards as well as the additional community standards created by your group, examples of how the group handled conflict/problems/issues this year, how your group plans to deal with problems/issues as they arise for next year, action plan for dealing with members who have not met community standards, and your plan to deal with unexpected vacancies. In addition, we will also be reviewing the following for returning applicants:
Social, educational, or service learning programs/events offered to members of your organization
Social, educational, or service learning programs/events offered to the Babson community and/or outside community
Community Manager completion of duties
Conduct history and adherence to your community standards
Current Special-Interest Housing Review Process
Reapplication meetings will occur during February. Community managers, presidents, and appropriate professional staff will attend meetings. A sign-up sheet for meeting times will be available at the front desk of Reynolds 211. Organizations must sign up for a meeting time.
Special-Interest Housing checklist will be required to be completed by February 27, 2015. Checklist highlights include:
Contact information for community manager, president, and faculty adviser
Signed copy of Community Manager Job Agreement
Housing roster for Fall
Conflict resolution procedures
Membership fees/dues collected