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Apply to be a University Theme House - Academic (UTH-A)

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Every UTH should align with the four ResX Core Principles; namely, i) Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; ii) Health & Well-being; iii) Community & Belonging; and iv) Intellectual & Personal Growth. To this end, throughout the application, each prospective UTH must demonstrate evidence that the Themed House will be focusing on these four principles.

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Core Principles

Leadership Team - Applicants for a UTH must represent a leadership team that embodies the sustained commitment of a department and/or academic unit and/or other long-term Stanford group representation. The team ensures the stability and potential longevity of the theme by providing institutional ownership. The team should be led by one or more permanent staff or faculty, working alongside other team members, including student participants.

Theme Interest and Demand - To have the greatest chance of success, the applicants must show evidence of student interest in the proposed theme (e.g., through a student survey results or a call for interest) and demonstrate how the theme meets real needs/desires/interests of undergraduates on campus. The theme must show sufficient interest to fill a residence in its entirety.

Integrated Learning & Intellectual Vitality - As ResX advocated, UTHs must be ‘relevant and in line with the University’s goals for undergraduate education and the theme implementation should be robust’. The themes should be focused on fostering the intellectual life of the house to actively engage with the university’s learning priorities. The theme should convincingly reflect established academic groupings on campus, ideally divisions, centers or departments. This will be shown through plans that show all of the following:

- an academically credible and stimulating theme that encourages reflection and flexible thinking on the part of residents
- mandated requirements for residents that encourage and model a shared commitment to the community. 
- courses offered by the UTH each quarter and/or a cogent sequence of workshops, or weekend events, or field-trips, all of which have clear aims, objectives, and learning outcomes relating to the theme. 
- a summative residential program that enhances learning incrementally through the year and asks its participants to work in imaginative and enjoyable ways beyond traditional major/minor designations or conventional academic programs. 
- UTH-As will need to articulate how they plan to contribute to the well-being of their neighborhood by making meaningful connections and demonstrating good citizenship, as well as putting the principles of their community into practice throughout their neighborhood.

Institutional Commitment and Clear Resource Stream - To be successful, leadership teams must have an operations and logistics plan that shows an understanding of the resources required to run the theme and the annual deployment of those resources. Departments, divisions, and other organizations that are involved must articulate their level of commitment and resource.

Measures of Success - To ensure that themes are designed and implemented to be a positive experience for all participants (as anticipated by the ResX principles), leadership teams must indicate how they will demonstrate success annually for review and audit. CoRL’s review will lead by determining how well the declared objectives correlate with evidence-based outcomes.

Application FAQ

  • Who can apply? We accept applications from coherent consortia of faculty, staff, and students. It is essential to have a well-defined Leadership Team.
  • How do I apply? After a thorough review of the criteria, you can fill out your University Theme House - Academic Application . Applications are due on November 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm. 
  • When will I hear back about my application? The Committee on Residential Learning makes recommendations to the University Residence Governance Council who will make the final decision on successful applications. CoRL will be in touch with every applicant on receipt of their application. 
  • Will there be any information sessions? We will be holding three information sessions. The information presented at all three sessions are the same. Please register through the links:
    • Monday, October 18, 3:00 pm PT (Week 5): Information Session 1, Registration Closed
    • Tuesday, October 19, 11:00 am PT (Week 5): Information Session 2, Registration Closed
    • Tuesday, November 2, 3:00 pm PT (Week 7): Information Session 3, Registration Closed
      • A recording of the presentation is available here.
  • Where are the FAQs? Explore the UTH-A FAQs
  • Who can I contact if I have questions? Connect with CoRL