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Theme Housing

The Theme Housing Program provides students with an opportunity to take an active role in their residential and educational experience at Wake Forest University by engaging in a community of individuals with common educational or co-curricular interests.  Established over a decade ago, Theme Communities continue to be an integral part of Residence Life and Housing’s mission to promote student learning through residential programming and engagement.  The Theme Program promotes a direct link between residential, academic and co-curricular life for students at Wake Forest University.

Theme Housing follows a student-led, staff-advised format that relies heavily on the entrepreneurial spirit of students to form and run their own Theme Communities.  Each Theme Community’s programming, recruitment, member selection, and community life endeavors are lead by students. Theme members live together in campus housing either in blocks of rooms in residence or in one of the university-owned houses on Polo Road.

Theme Communities are responsible for the recruitment and placement of their own theme members.  Students are responsible for ensuring their Theme Community is filled to capacity throughout the semester.  Any spaces left vacant in a Theme Community will be relinquished to Residence Life and Housing and used for general housing.

2017-2018 Theme Locations


Theme Description Location Theme Program Assistant
AHUVA The Ahuva Housing intends to bring women who desire Christian community and friendship together in a shared living environment.  It will be a place to meet new friends and grow closer to old friends, as well as for residents to grow in their faith. Polo   Brittany Helms
Casa Latina Serves to build a stronger community with the Latino students on campus, while encouraging an increased involvement of these theme members with the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS). Living in community would allow theme members to have consistent, positive interactions with each other as we plan and carry out theme and social events. Dogwood Residence Hall Cazandra Rebollar
The Global Village The purpose of this community is to do good as global citizens, while creating a stronger international culture and perspective as a university. Promote intercultural understanding, engage with the greater Wake Forest community and discuss global issues as a community. Magnolia Residence Hall Mishaan Uttamchandani
Rotaract Club Rotaract Club works with the local Rotary  Organization of Winston-Salem (Reynolda Rotary) to create programs for our surrounding  community and serves to promote the general social well-being within the Wake Forest campus.  We provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the community. 1109 Polo Road Miller Ligon
Sustainability House The mission of the Sustainability House is to bring together creative, thought-provoking leaders who demonstrate interests in environmental issues and sustainability. This house aims to work closely with the Office of Sustainability to promote the tangibility of sustainable, high-quality living for college students and facilitate meaningful relationships with faculty, students, and staff of the Wake Forest community. 1145 Polo Road Lando Pieroni
Thrive Residential Community The mission of this community is very similar to that of the Thrive Office which is to seek comprehensive wellbeing in 8 aspects: emotional, intellectual, environmental, financial, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual. We seek to connect, be active, keep learning, give to others, and be mindful with ourselves and those in the community. Poteat Residence Hall Rebecca Wiebke
Wake Radio Wake Radio wishes to create an inclusive, welcoming community living space that is open to all members of our organization and their friends. By doing this we hope to create a space where all are welcome to express themselves and share in their love of music.   Wake Radio’s purpose is to connect the local Winston-Salem music community with music lovers on campus. Kitchin Residence Hall Russell Lawrence
Wesley Foundation The mission of the theme for the Wesley Foundation is to strengthen the community within its members while having a positive impact on our organization and on the larger Wake Forest community. Our goal is to host events that will allow our fellow students to grow closer to one another in a safe and loving atmosphere. Dogwood Residence Hall Kate Nichols
Women in Public Policy The mission of the Roosevelt Institute is to advance equity for disadvantaged people and solve institutional problems through progressive policy change. Students go through intense trainings such as diversity and inclusion training, policy writing workshops and lobbying trainings in order to build power and push for policy change in a better world. 1210 Polo Road Suvra Mostafa

Application Process

The Theme Application Process runs from mid-January through mid-February.  For information on applying for Theme Housing criteria and expectations, contact Elizabeth Leslie, Coordinator for Residence Education.