Theme communities are residentially-based programs that link academic and residential life through an interdisciplinary theme. These communities take learning outside of the classroom and into the residence hall. Faculty associates participate in the community through teaching courses linked to the theme, leading PACE groups and by hosting social events on the hall to better familiarize themselves with the students.
How do I join a ResHall Community?
There are different options for first-year, second-year, and third- and fourth-year students. Members of the first-year class living on-campus are automatically a member of the First Year at Emory program. Second-year students have the opportunity to participate in either Second Year at Emory or apply to be a part of a specific themed community. Third- and fourth-year students wishing to participate in a living-learning community are required to fill out an application for the particular community they wish to join.
Over the last decade, Residential Education units have examined their roles as educators on college campuses. As professional educators, we are challenged with being the expert/authority, resource, or facilitator in making a difference in a students' learning. As a part of the strategic planning process at Emory University, Residence Life staff members sought to create an intentiaonl and consistent approach to developing community.
Emory Unviersity has a tremendous opportunity to educate all first-year and second-year students as they are required to live on campus. We have dedicated masters-level professional staff members with backgrounds in Higher Education or related fields. We also have approximately 125 Resident Advisors and 90 Sophomore Advisors who are committed to building community and supporting students.
During the 2016 - 2017 academic year, Residence Life at Emory University made the decision to create and implement "residential education." Residential Education provides an alternative approach to traditional programming and utilizes learning outcomes and multiple strategies to engage and assess learning outside of the classroom (ACPA, 2017).
Mission: The purpose of Residential Education at Emory is to develop an authentic, inclusive, and sucessful community of residents through intentional and educational opportunities.
Vision: A transformative living learning community developing global citizens.