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Outdoor House Appendix

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House Activity Descriptions

House retreats

An off-campus, once-quarterly, overnight trip organized by the RA team. All residents are strongly encouraged to attend. The goal of these retreats is to build community through the exploration of outdoor activities and to engage in a relevant academic discussion or theme.

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Academic house events

Any themed presentation, discussion, meal-time conversation, workshop, or film screening. These events could also take the shape of excursions off-campus to put into practice community values and academic theories.

These events can be centered around academic topics, such as the relationship between diet and climate change, minority voices and participation in the outdoors, indigenous land stewardship and fire mitigation in the West, or the history and cultural significance of Sherpas and mountaineering in Nepal. Engaging faculty to participate and facilitate an academic house event is encouraged.

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Social house events

One-off and recurring events and programming centered around community building and connection. These events should encourage play and well-being on and off campus. Popular social traditions include but are not limited to: special dinners, a campus triathlon, Firepit Fridays, No Bike Race, and Socks and Sandals.