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Shared-Interest Communities

Shared-Interest Communities, also referred to as living-learning communities, are communities within the residence halls that provide an opportunity for students with similar interests to live in the same hall or on the same floor. The communities allow students to enjoy unique activities related to a theme as well as more traditional social and recreational opportunities.

Academic Seminar Option

Some shared interest communities include an optional academic component. In addition to living within the community residents have the opportunity to participate in a one or two unit seminar typically offered during the fall quarter. Once per week, faculty or staff lead discussions on a variety of topics related to the theme of the community.

How To Apply

Prospective residents who are interested in participating in a shared-interest (living-learning) community need to indicate their interest when applying for housing by filling out the appropriate sections of the application. Shared-interest communities are located in specific halls and on specific floors, and locations are determined after the application deadline passes.

Course Registration Numbers (CRN) for the optional seminars will be provided during Summer Orientation (by email or from Orientation Leaders) and/or Fall Welcome Week so that students can register for the seminar.

NOTE: students are not guaranteed housing in a shared-interest community, and are given consideration based upon the priority they assign to the community in their application relative to other living preferences (gender and occupancy) as well as random lottery number.

The Communities

A variety of shared-interest communities are available. Descriptions of each program are general because they are different every year. The communities are successful because they are driven by the participation of their residents, which creates a dynamic and unique experience each year.

African American & African

Students from all cultures who are interested in exploring the African Diaspora are encouraged to join this shared interest community. The community is connected to the African American and African Studies Department and offers an optional seminar (download a sample African American & African seminar syllabus).

Asian Pacific American Theme House

Students from all cultures who are interested in exploring Asian American cultures are encouraged to join this shared interest community. The community is connected to the Department of Asian American Studies (ASA) and offers an optional seminar (download a sample Asian Pacific American Theme House seminar syllabus).

Business Innovation and Leadership Development

This community is designed for students interested in exploring the field of business and management. The community is connected to the Graduate School of Management and offers an optional seminar (download a sample Business Innovation and Leadership Development seminar syllabus).

Casa Cuauhtémoc (Chicano-Latino Theme House)

Students from all cultures who are interested in exploring the Chicano and Latino cultures in a cross-cultural setting are encouraged to join this shared interest community. The community is connected to the Department of Chicana/o Studies and offers an optional seminar (download a sample Casa Cuauhtémoc syllabus).

Engineering

The Engineering shared interest community is an excellent program for those pursuing an Engineering major and for those who might consider it in the future. Students participating in this community will participate in a range of programs, activities, and events related to the theme of engineering.

Environmental & Agricultural Sustainability Education (EASE)

The EASE shared interest community is open to all students interested in local, regional, and global issues relating to the environment and agriculture. Students participating in this community will have the opportunity to participate in programs, activities, and events related to the environment, agriculture, and sustainability.

Health Science Community

Students living in the Health Sciences shared interest community will have the opportunity to explore majors and career fields such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, ophthalmology and other aspects of health sciences. This community offers an optional seminar (download a sample Health Science Community syllabus).

Multiethnic Program

The Multi-Ethnic Program (MEP) is designed to provide peer support for residents who wish to expand their knowledge of different cultures, including race, ethnicity, religion, geographic region and many other aspects of our diverse community. Activities and programs focus on the particular needs and cultures represented by the residents in the community each year.

Music, Arts, & Performance

The Music, Arts and Performance shared interest community brings together students who have an interest or skill in the arts, such as music, theater, dance, visual art, design, and techno-cultural studies. Community members tend to share a spirit of creativity and collaboration while forming informal musical groups or organizing efforts to showcase residents' talents.

Native American Interest

Students from all cultures who are interested in exploring Native cultures and indigenous issues through interaction with the Native community are welcome to participate in this shared interest community. The community offers an optional seminar (download a sample Native American Interest seminar syllabus).

Rainbow House

Rainbow House is a community open to members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning community. Students in the community explore their identity, learn about issues facing the LGBTIQ community, and become connected to supportive resources on campus.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program (UHP) community is a campus wide honors program, designed for highly motivated students who want more challenging coursework, closer contacts with faculty, and dynamic interactions with similarly motivated peers. Regent Scholars are invited to participate (500 are invited each May)and other interested students are invited to apply to the honors program. The Integrated Studies program for Regents’ Scholars is the oldest residential learning program of its kind in the UC system. This community offers seminars. Visit the University Honors Program website to learn more about the program.

Wellness Community

The Wellness shared interest community is open to students from all majors who are interested in learning about holistic wellness. Activities will be offered incorporating the topics of healthful living, nutrition, fitness, emotional well-being and positive social interaction.

Living Preference Communities

Living Preference communities are communities within the residence halls that students can select to live in based on living environment preferences. Living preference communities do not include additional thematic programming, activities or an academic component; however, they do offer all of the same support, activities, and experience as a standard residence hall program. Living Preference Communities include:

  • Quiet Program
  • Single-Gender Communities
  • Substance Free Community