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 for 2014-15 include:

Program Location House Manager Faculty/Staff Advisor
Arts Collective 531 W Louther Stephen Sieg Todd Arsenault
Classics 51 S College Chloe Miller Professor 
Community Service 34 S West Jenna Howdyshell Donna Hughes
Dog House 380 W North Elizabeth Lowe Angie Harris
Feminist Collective 135 N College Patricia Kotrady Professor Vanessa Tyson
Global Community 

Todd House
41 N College

Alina Bill-Weilandt Marlee Meikrantz
Human Cultures

Strayer/Carriage Houses

Rachel Provazza Professor Maria Bruno
Music  49 S College Skylar Mead Professor Jen Blyth
Outdoor Education 383 W Louther Jack Marcus Rob Simels
Romance Languages  Reed House Kevin Rosenberg Professor Margaret Frohlich
ROTC 448 W High Tim Lehotsky Professor Paul Culberson
Russian 46 S West St Genevieve Veres Professor Alyssa DeBlasio
Social Justice Stuart Hall Danielle Melnick Professor Erik Love
Spectrum 425 W Louther St Liam Fuller
The Site

3rd Floor
25/27 W High

Kaylee Mueller Professor Sarah Skaggs
Treehouse 532 W Louther Mackenzie Burkhart Tyce Herrman
Wellness Living

Mathews House

Gloria Hwang  Dr. Alecia Sundsmo

Special Interest Houses may occupy a single building or a portion of a larger facility. They are reviewed annually by the Office of 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 the Office of Residence Life & Housing.  The process for new house applications occurs each year in late February/early March.