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.  In order to see each house charter please visit their respective EngageD pages for more information.

Students interested in applying to live in a current special interest house can click here for more information. 

Students interested in learning about how to start a Special Interest House should should check out this instruction sheet and then fill out this application form. Questions about this process should be directed to Applications are due March 20th by 12pm and decisions will be released the following week.  

Special Interest Houses Include:

House Name Location House Manager Housing Type for Billing Faculty/Staff Advisor
Arts Collective 531 W Louther St

Nate Chaves

Apartment Eleanor Conover
Classics 417 W Louther St Jocelyn Wright Apartment Scott Farrington
Human Cultures Strayer House Ivy Johnson Apartment Karen Weinstein
Latinx House 529 W Louther St Jojo Pineda-Angon, Julie Quizphi-Cazho Apartment  

Music Society 

49 & 51 S College St Zuzu Black Apartment Jennifer Blyth
Outdoor Education

Matthews House

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 Livia Ball


Residence Hall


Marcus Key
Romance Languages 

Reed House

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Rachel Jacoves


Residence Hall


Angela DeLutis-Eichenberger,

Russian 425 W Louther St Helen Marhoul Apartment Alyssa DeBlasio
Social Justice

Stuart Hall

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Hezekiah Hernandez, Heidi Hepburn



Residence Hall


Spectrum 505 W Louther St Jo van Kuilenburg, Kimchi Khun Apartment Megan Yost
Substance Free  KW A Tower 3rd Floor Natalie Cist Residence Hall  
The Site

3rd Floor
25/27 W High St

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Bid McNuty, Emery Newton


Residence Hall


Sarah Skaggs
Treehouse 532 W Louther St Reece Ishiyama, Iris Shaker-Check Residence Hall Julie Vastine
Womanist Collective 135 N College St Annie Bryant Apartment Nadia Alahmed
X House 507 W Louther St Travis Dobbins Apartment  
Delta Nu 171 W High St Corinne Charney Residence Hall Jennifer Love
Delta Sigma Phi 2 Conway Andrew McKittrick Apartment Greg Moyer
Kappa Alpha Theta 34 S West St Marisa Almazan Apartment  
Kappa Kappa Gamma Vincett House Becca Shulman Apartment Sarah Masland-Fatherree
Pi Beta Phi 170 W Louther St Olivia Oligny-Leggett Apartment Karen Faryniak

Students interested in living in Special Interest Houses for Fall 2023 should contact Special Interest House Managers directly by March 17, 2023.

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.