Interior of the Treehouse residence building at Dickinson College.

Special Interest Housing (SIH) gives students a unique opportunity to collaborate with other students by creating affinity communities with common goals and purpose.  SIH creates the conditions for engaged citizenship and self-governance that enables self-directed living environments around a shared theme, issue or interest.  The SIH program encourages group and individual social and intellectual development while simultaneously contributing to the intellectual and social life of the College.

Each SIH program must identify a student who will serve as a liaison between Residence Life and Housing and the program. 

The House Manager helps administer the program outlined in the SIH charter and goals.  In addition the house manager participates in house opening and closing at the beginning and end of each semester, maintains an accurate and current roster of students enrolled in the program, and reports facility and safety concerns.

Each SIH group should identify and continually work with a faculty or staff advisor to execute programs, plan goals, and expectations and seek mentoring/advice relating to the House program.

Each SIH program is responsible for completing a House Charter, which reflects the values, core expectations and purpose of the program.  The charter acts as a guide for the SIH group and provides insight into the philosophy and character of the House.

Special Interest Programs include:

Program Location House Manager Faculty/Staff Advisor
Arts Collective 531 W Louther St Meredith Jones Rachel Eng
Classics 417 W Louther St Bizz Fretty Scott Farrington
Dog House 513 W Louther St Sari Brown Angie Harris & Heather Champion
Feminist Collective 527 W Louther St Sara Bennett Jeff Engelhardt
Global Community 

Todd House
41 N College St

Nikoloz Tsagareli Sonja Paulson & Luis Apolinario
Human Cultures Strayer/Carriage Houses Lucy Sowerby Karen Weinstein
Interfaith House

DAWI 140

Aidan Birth

Donna Hughes
Music Society 49 & 51 S College St Caroline Snyder Robert Pound
Outdoor Education Matthews House Mikey Kmetz, Linh Nguyen, Dan McColley, & Elizabeth Haraburda Sean Ryan
Romance Languages  Reed House Matei Mares Luca Lanzilotta, Amaury Leopoldo Sosa, Shawn Stein, Benjamin Ngong
ROTC Davidson Wilson 110 & 120 John Searight & George Ladner MSG John Haiduck
Russian 46 S West St Curtis Martin Elena Duzs
Social Justice Stuart Hall Pentti Hanlon & Kim Atta  
Spectrum 505 W Louther St Chris Jones Paul Richards
The Site

3rd Floor
25/27 W High St

Michael Luzzatto  
Treehouse 532 W Louther St Ben Eppinger Julie Vastine
X House 507 W Louther St Naji Thompson  Eva Copeland
Delta Nu 171 W High St Sarah Clancy Jennifer Love
Delta Sigma Phi 521 W Louther St Mathew Quil Greg Moyer
Kappa Alpha Theta 34 S West St Anna Woodfin Amanda George
Kappa Kappa Gamma Vincett House Emily Padalino Sarah Masland-Fatherree
Pi Beta Phi 170 W Louther St Sarah Quinlan Karen Faryniak

Special Interest Houses may occupy a single building or a portion of a larger facility. They are reviewed annually by Residence Life & Housing.  Groups assigned housing in a Special Interest House are expected to fill their assigned spaces with group members. If a violation of the Community Standards occurs within a Special Interest House, the College will determine whether to bring charges against specific individuals and/or the organization as a whole. Failure to maintain occupancy may result in loss of housing. Special Interest Houses are available to upper-class students.

Students interested in learning about how to start a Special Interest House should be in contact with Residence Life & Housing.  The process for new house applications occurs each year in late February/early March.