Welcome to the First-Year Neighborhood page! Here you can find information about what the first-year neighborhood is and how you can take an active role in your community.
There are two opportunities to become formally involved in the working groups within your neighborhood. These two groups are the Community Association and the Programming Board. Each year these groups take different shapes as communities have different priorities and needs. And don't worry, participation in your Neighborhood does not always have to be formal, there are multiple ways to become involved with these groups at your own comfort level.
The Association meets weekly to plan and implement new ideas for the neighborhood. These could range from planning faculty dinners, to making suggestions to facilities, to assisting in large scale programming for the specific neighborhoods. The group also works proactively to gain a sense for what the community as a whole expects from one and other and to communicate the community’s priorities in living together. This process can take many forms including one on one conversations, assisting in community wide meetings, or making recommendations to the neighborhood. To assist students with this process they have the opportunity to build mentoring relationships with three Dickinson community members. These three community members are their Residential Community Director, a selected faculty member invested in a particular neighborhood, and also a senior administrative member of student development. Not only does this assist the students with accomplishing the goals of the community but also allows for students to develop connections and relationships with different community and staff members.
The Programming Board meets weekly to plan social and educational programs for the community. This group takes time to gauge the community in their interests and then provide programs based upon those interests. The board typically works around neighborhood traditions that have been built over time and continue to build upon neighborhood pride. This group works closely and is mentored by the specific neighborhoods Residential Community Director and also maintains a relationship with the larger Event Advisory Board to help support differing programming efforts in their community and on campus.
While the concepts that make up the philosophy of the neighborhood program are complex it is built around a singular tenant: Members of a community have an obligation to one and other and will be happier in a community with which members are actively involved. While there are formal roles within the two organizations, there are also informal opportunities to become involved. A good example of an informal opportunity is different service opportunities that will be part of each neighborhood that will allow students the chance to serve the surrounding community.
We're excited to have you all as part of the Dickinson community and look forward to getting to know you. For more information about specific neighborhood traditions or information please visit the specific neighborhood pages links are to the left of this text.