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 houses charter click on their house name below for more information.

Special Interest Houses Include:

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

Katelyn Keefer

Apartment Rachel Eng
Classics 417 W Louther St Kayla Harney Apartment Scott Farrington
Human Cultures Strayer House Hannah Hillegas Apartment Karen Weinstein
Latinx House 529 W Louther St Krystal Ramirez Apartment  

Music Society 

49 & 51 S College St Maddie Carroll Apartment Jennifer Blyth
Outdoor Education Matthews House

 Gabby Sevrain, Nathan Stull, & Kate Altman 

Residence Hall  
Romance Languages  Reed House Leandra Moukoudi Ndoko Residence Hall

Luca Trazzi, Amaury Leopoldo Sosa,

Shawn Stein, & Benjamin Ngong

ROTC DAWI 110 Luke Sternick Residence Hall Matthew Sanders
Russian 425 W Louther St Frances Darden Apartment Elena Duzs
Social Justice Stuart Hall Naj Thompson  Residence Hall Ben Edwards
Spectrum 505 W Louther St Lauren Feldman Apartment Megan Yost
Substance Free  KW A Tower 3rd Floor Cameron Graham Residence Hall  
The Site

3rd Floor
25/27 W High St

Hank Jirousek Residence Hall Sarah Skaggs
Treehouse 532 W Louther St Espoir DeMain & Ryan Showman Residence Hall Julie Vastine
Womanist Collective 135 N College St Estefany Valera & Julandry Almonte Apartment Nadia Alahmed
X House 507 W Louther St Kyle Mattison Apartment Eva Copeland
Delta Nu 171 W High St Kelly Stone Residence Hall Jennifer Love
Delta Sigma Phi 2 Conway Hurley Ryan Apartment Greg Moyer
Kappa Alpha Psi 519 W Louther St Keshawn Bostic Apartment George Stroud
Kappa Alpha Theta 34 S West St Dulce Reinhardt Apartment Amanda George
Kappa Kappa Gamma Vincett House Katie McGeehan Apartment Sarah Masland-Fatherree
Pi Beta Phi 170 W Louther St Jackie Greger Apartment 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.