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Common Interest Communities Housing
Common Interest Communities will become a dedicated, valued, and active part of the Connecticut College residential experience. With this in mind, we have created a process that takes into account the shared governance experience of our community, but also provides opportunities for groups to actively thrive around a common cause.
Common Interest Communities:
These communities provide students with the opportunity to live in a space around a common interest. They will apply as a group and must demonstrate how their efforts will contribute to the Connecticut College residential experience. Requirements for Common Interest Communities are as follows:
• Educate community members on topics directly related to the common theme of the group. This could take the form of bulletin boards, flyers, discussion during community meetings, on-line resources shared with community members or other agreed upon means.
• Identify a Faculty or Staff member who agrees to act as adviser to the community and obtain their signature for your group application.
• Host at least one community event for the Connecticut College community per semester. Collaboration with REAL student staff is encouraged.
• Create a Community Development Plan to ensure success of the Common Interest Group.
• Attend a one hour House Leader Orientation during the first two weeks of the Fall semester.
• Maintain communication with the South Area Coordinator to ensure that the Common Interest Group is progressing through their Community Development Plan.
• Groups must have a minimum of two residents and a maximum of 20 residents.
Possible Common Interest Community themes:
- Social Justice (Women’s Issues)
- Student Organization (SCUDs, La Unidad)
- Club Sports, Centers (PICA, CISLA)
- Majors (Government, Econ)
- Healthy Living, Vegetarian Living
- Charity Cause (Relay for Life)
- Leadership (Emerging Leaders)
- Sustainability Issues
- Water Conservation
- Outdoor Recreation
- Gaming (Video, Board)
Living options for Common Interest Housing:
- 360 House
- Park Apartment
- Freeman Tower
- Winchester 4-Person House
- Winchester 6-Person House
- Winchester 4-Person Apartment
- Winchester 2-Person Apartment
- River Ridge 5-Person Apartment
- River Ridge 2-Person Apartment
- 191 2-Person Apartment
- Residence Hall Corridor
Applying for Common Interest Housing:
Complete the application: Common Interest Communities Housing Application
Interested in being part of a Common Interest Housing area, but don't have a group yet? Post your ideas here to share and connect with others: Common Interest Bulletin Posting
**All answers will be visible to anyone who completes this form**
Faculty/Staff Adviser Forms for Common Interest Communities are also required
All approved Common Interest groups are asked to complete a Community Development Plan
The Office of Residential Education & Living (REAL)
Located in Warnshuis
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196