COMMUNITY BASED LIVING
Community Based Living (CBLV) provides an opportunity for freshmen and upperclassmen to live with one another based upon a specific residential and/or academic interest. Each CBLV has its own vision and mission statement. A Resident Advisor staffs the residential area and programs specifically for their residents. This allows participants in the CBLV to explore an an area of interest in a more intimate setting than in the more traditional residence hall setting. The ability to have first-year students participate in CBLVs is a great introduction to our interest driven community living and often results in participants applying for Program Housing in the following years. The Office of Residential Life offers a variety of CBLV options, housed within several of our residence halls.
|156 High Street - Writer's Block||200 Church|
Through the continued work of dedicated students, 200 Church Street was established as housing for students who wish to build a safe, self-affirming, energetic, and close-knit community that focuses on social justice and diversity. 200 Church provides a unique housing experience for first and second year students to inspire and support each other. In addition to first-year orientations and social programming, the residents of 200 Church have the freedom and support to develop programs that explore their unique and intersecting struggles and identities. Residents actively address racism and other forms of oppression, working to educate themselves and the larger Wesleyan community. House programs can include discussions, films, guest speakers, and community service activities. 200 Church Street is a safe and relaxing space for residents and other students to socialize and organize in an inclusive, diverse and empowering environment. 200 Church boasts two lounges, a kitchen, a laundry facility, and a pool table.
The Writer’s Block, located at 156 High Street, is a small residential community for both first year and upperclass students interested in writing, whatever the form, and living with other writers. New for the fall 2014 semester, residents will have the opportunity to enjoy Wesleyan’s writing events, and host their own discussions about working with faculty and writing fellows. The programming opportunities are endless and hope to include student readings, open mics, book swaps, tutorials, reading circles and guest lectures, many linked to the University’s Distinguished Writers series. New writers will be linked to more experienced ones, and to a network of Wesleyan authors, editors and publishers, both on and off campus.
West College seeks to provide a cooperative, liberal and multicultural community that promotes the pursuit of group initiatives based on the interests of its first and second-year students.
Continuing a longstanding tradition of self-governance and activism, residents are expected to take an active role in shaping the social, intellectual, and living environment of WestCo. Self-governance is manifested in the community by holding one another accountable to shared values and to goals that are continually evaluated. A unit council (Guidance) conducts a weekly meeting open to the entire WestCo community where residents are encouraged to organize events for both the residence hall and the University. In the past, residents have organized musical and artistic events (in the unique student-run Café situated below WestCo 3), planned mid-semester festivals, and worked on other projects reflecting a commitment to artistic expression, political activism, and multiculturalism. WestCo welcomes all students who will actively contribute to the WestCo community and who will work towards achieving these goals.
Green Hall is a residential space for first year students interested in and committed to an environmentally-conscious lifestyle. Green Hall sponsors sustainability themed programs and projects, and provides its residents with the opportunity to collectively practice sustainable living and to make connections with the environmental community at Wesleyan.
Green Hall is located in Butterfield C.
The Quiet Floor is intended for students who are interested in a quiet residence. There is a 24-Hour quiet hour policy, which stipulates that noise should be kept to a minimum level and not be heard outside of students’ rooms. Students on the floor agree not to engage in activities in the hallway that would generate noise and or disruption to other residents.
The Quiet Floor is located in Butterfield A.
The Substance-Free Floor is a coed community that boasts a supportive and healthy living option for students. The residents who live on this floor and their guests have agreed to abstain from the use of alcoholic beverages and nicotine while on the floor, and to refrain from bringing these substances onto the floor. A signed contract agreeing to these provisions is required to be signed by each resident.
The Substance-Free Floor is located in Butterfield C.
Single-Sex Housing is an option available for students who feel it is important to live on a floor with all female or male residents. Some students feel that living on a single-sex floor, and having a single gender bathroom, is a more comfortable transition for them than living on a coed floor.
Single-Sex floors are available in Nicolson Hall.
The Residential College, now in its second year, offers first year students unique faculty-student interaction in a community that bridges the academic and residential experience. Octavio Flores-Cuadra, a professor in Romance Languages and Literatures, along with two student peer-advisors, serves as pre-major advisor to all residents living in this area and collaborates with the RAs to sponsor events that provide opportunities for intellectual, artistic and social learning. Prof. Flores-Cuadra keeps in close contact with residents throughout both semesters, and is available to answer questions and refer them to other departments, as he advises them on their successful academic performance as well as their integration into campus life. In addition, this advisor is proactive in introducing students to academic resources on campus. Students are expected to participate in programs and community service projects sponsored by the Residential College. Students who choose to be part of this program will reside in Nicolson Hall for their first two years.