All first-year students who live on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year will be housed in one of our engagement residential communities
Engagement communities consist of clusters of students who share academic, social, or cultural interests. Students and staff assigned to the hall participate in social and academic programs and activities lead by peers, faculty and staff.
FY Engagement Communities Learning Objectives
- Students will connect socially and academically within the residential areas with each other throughout the academic year.
- Students will connect socially and academically within the residential areas with faculty and staff throughout the academic year.
- Students will get to know and interact with a cohort of students who share a common academic major or area of interest in a residential learning community
- Students will engage in inclusive communities where respect for diversity of ideas and backgrounds exist
- Students will participate in a broad range of programs that are geared toward community and civic engagement
- Students will develop skills to assist them in their transition from matriculation to graduation
FY Engagement Community options for 2020-2021
All first-year students will be able to set a preference for the engagement community they want when they sign a housing contract. While these preferences are not guaranteed, we will make every effort to honor your top choices. These descriptions will also be in the contract template.
Faculty In Residence
Our new halls - Balsam and Spruce Halls, scheduled to open for the 2020-2021 academic year - will feature a robust Faculty In Residence program. If you are interested in applying for the Faculty In Residence positions, please check the FAQ page for more information.
Arts In Our Community (Visual and Performing Arts Majors)
Arts in our Community is committed to support the academic, artistic and personal growth of students enrolled in the College for Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and others interested in exploring their artistic abilities. The community works closely with the college to enhance the classroom experience by connecting with CVPA sponsored programs in the residence halls, and skill development exercises.
Business Savvy Community
The Business Savvy Community (BSC) is open to all incoming business majors. The BSC strives to create an environment that enhances its members’ academic experience by connecting with Charlton College of Business (CCB) Faculty and getting residents involved with business oriented student leadership opportunities. UMass Dartmouth has a variety of organizations, such as Collegiate DECA and Finance Club, that build a bridge between classroom content with real world application and they serve as an excellent platform for members to get involved on campus. In hall programming will be focused on defining a leader in business as one with deep community involvement and social/environmental responsibility as evident in the University's and Region's vision to become a center of sustainability and civic engagement.
Designed for students pursuing a degree in Engineering, the Engineering Community is intended to provide support for students studying Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Physics. The goal of this community is to create a shared environment to seek support from like-minded residents, faculty and staff as you pursue your degree in one of UMass Dartmouth’s largest and most academically challenging colleges. This community features targeted programming for academic success with Engineering faculty and several Resident Assistants who are also in Engineering programs. We hope to provide support for you as you begin your collegiate career with us!
Women In Engineering
The Women in Engineering Community (WiE) is housed adjacent to the Engineering themed community, and provides first-year engineering students a high-quality academic and social experience led by an Engineering Resident Peer Mentor. The Resident Peer Mentor will facilitate academic workshops, provide one-on-one support and encouragement, and coordinate social engagement opportunities for the students throughout the year. WiE is an opportunity to be part of a community that will serve as the foundation for a successful college career and future employment as an engineer.
The WiE Community is open to first-year students accepted to the College of Engineering, including Computer Science, Data Science, and Physics. Upper-class students that are interested in the Women in Engineering community can request information from Housing & Residential Education about living in this Themed Community.
The Exploring UMassD Community is designed to support the process of choosing a major, or for some changing a major. The Residents will have an opportunity to learn about the different colleges at UMassD and the various majors they hold. Residents will be intentionally connected to services on campus that will assist their academic and professional exploration, such as the Career Center and the academic advising offices from all of the Colleges. If you are searching for a major, wanting to figure out if you are in the correct major for you
skills and interest, or thinking of switching majors, the Exploring UMassD Community may be the best fit for you.
The Healthy Living Community is shared by residential students who are committed to healthy habits for good mental, physical and emotional health. This includes abstaining from substances such as alcohol, marijuana, tobacco products, illicit drugs, and misuse of prescription drugs. The community is one that provides respect, appreciation and support for students that choose a healthy living lifestyle and connects like-minded individuals for continued support throughout their first year. Students wishing to live in this environment agree not to consume alcohol, use illicit drugs or introduce any harmful substances into the designated environment and will sign a pledge agreeing so. Students who choose to live within the Healthy Living Community will have the opportunity to participate in programs and activities with campus partners that support their commitment to a substance free lifestyle, to support a healthy mind and body.
Students living in the Honors Community have a strong dedication to pursuing an academically challenging and engaging experience throughout their first year at UMass Dartmouth. Directed for our students in the Honors Program, programming will be focused on creating successful, well rounded students with a holistic approach to development through academics, leadership, open-mindedness, and civic engagement.
The Honors Community is open to first-year students participating in the Honors program. Upper-class students that are interested in the Honors Community can request information from Housing & Residential Education about living in this Themed Community.
The Intensive Study Community is designed to provide a quiet environment for residents who are most comfortable with an intensive study lifestyle beyond that provided by established quiet and courtesy hours in other residence halls. Here, residents maintain a quiet living atmosphere 24 hours a day, Sunday through Thursday. Quiet hours are established within the community for the weekend and will be chosen in early September of each year. Students choosing the quiet living environment will be asked to sign an agreement indicating they have selected this living environment and will uphold the policies set by the community in addition to the policies set by the Department of Housing & Residential Education and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. All majors are welcome to select the Intensive Study Community.
The Leadership Community is designed for students interested in living, learning, and engaging in leadership work. Residents will collaborate with one another to understand their own leadership styles, strive to become better connected with the campus community and learn how to apply their own personal leadership styles to their work in the classroom and in the professional world. This community will work with the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement and the Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership Office to participate in a variety of events, including specially crafted service opportunities and the Donald C. Howard Leadership Program. All students, regardless of major or leadership experience, are encouraged to join the Leadership Community.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Diversity and Inclusion Community is shared by those that want to learn more about their social responsibility and explore issues of diversity, social justice, and inclusion, while also celebrating multiculturalism. Residential students will be able to engage in civil discourse and bridge the divides among people of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, political, socio-economic, gender and sexual orientations, and backgrounds through meaningful dialogue and programming with campus partners.
The Nursing Community is designed to connect first year Medical Laboratory Sciences and Nursing students with their peers, faculty and their Colleges to enhance the overall experience by working to promote personal growth and academic success. Residential students within the Nursing and Medical Laboratory Sciences programs who chose to live within Pulse will have a chance to live with others that share their interests and goals, while also being around peers taking similar classes which can assist with retention and success.
Service and Sustainability
The Service and Sustainability Community provides an environment that encourages students to broadly explore the connection between environmentalism, social justice, and giving back to the community around them. The Service & Sustainability Community will include opportunities for students to consciously expand their awareness and apply their knowledge of environmental responsibility, social issues that affect our local, national and global communities, and how to advocate for positive change. Students will be provided with opportunities to work alongside campus partners in both structured and informal ways to affect change. All students, regardless of major, are invited to participate within this community to explore different methods of sustainability and how it affects the world around us.
Sylvia Rivera Community (Gender Inclusive Community)
Sylvia Rivera was a leader and pioneer in the trans rights movement in the United States. Her work focused on the inclusion of people, regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic class or ability. We have chosen to honor Sylvia Rivera by using her name in this community. The SRC welcomes those who want to learn more about issues surrounding gender identity, sexuality, and social justice. Students choosing to live in this environment are opting to engage in a brave space and will learn from their peers' personal experiences alongside critical theory. Students living in this community will build ties to the greater UMass Dartmouth community, especially the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Women and Gender Studies Department. This community is designated as gender inclusive, which means it is welcome to all genders. Students may feel more comfortable living with folks of another gender identity, and in the SRC, assignments are not determined by biological sex or sex assigned at birth. Please note that students must actively choose to live in this community.