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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.  Each Theme Community’s programming, recruitment, member selection, and community life endeavors are lead by a Theme Programming Assistant (TPA).  Theme Program Assistants are paid student employees that serve as student leader for their theme and meet with Residence Life and Housing on a regular basis.  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.


  • Common Interest.  Theme Communities are created surrounding a specific academic, co-curricular, or organizational interest and must endeavor to engage their members in that interest through Theme-specific programming. 
  • Purpose Statement. Groups must create a purpose statement to outline the mission or intended outcome of the theme’s establishment.  The purpose statement is a representation of how the Theme Community reflects Residence Life and Housing’s mission of an engaged learning community and how it will enhance the collective learning experience of Theme members. 
  • Goal Statement. A goal statement must be submitted each upcoming year.  This statement specifies how the Theme Community will contribute to its members’ residential and learning experiences during the upcoming year..
  • Theme Program Assistants. Each Theme Community will identify a student leader who will serve as the Theme Program Assistant (TPA) and lives within the Theme to coordinate programming initiatives and complete program requirements with their faculty/staff advisor.  Theme Program Assistants are directly supervised by the Coordinator for Residence Education and meet bi-weekly for 1-on-1 meetings.  It is the responsibility of each Theme to identify an individual who will serve in this capacity..
  • Reapplication. Each spring, Theme Communities wishing to return the following fall must undergo a reapplication process.  Theme renewal is dependent on the Theme’s demonstrated progress towards the Theme’s purpose and goals.  Theme Program Assistants will complete and submit applications each year and undergo an interview process.
  • Recruitment.  Theme Communities are responsible for the recruitment and placement of their own theme members.  Theme Program Assistants 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.
  • Faculty/Staff Advisor.  Each Theme is required to secure a faculty/staff advisor to work with the Theme for the entire academic year. Advisors serve as Theme resources for programming ideas and support the purpose of the theme through periodic meetings with the Theme Program Assistants.
  • All Themes must abide by Wake Forest University policies and Residence Life and Housing policy standards.


The following locations have been identified as possible (but not the only) Theme Housing opportunities:

  • 109-111 Rosedale Circle (Capacity: 12 students)
  • 1109 Polo Road (Capacity: 7 students)
  • 1115 Polo Road (Capacity: 12 students)
  • 1145 Polo Road (Capacity: 6 students)
  • 1157 Polo Road (Capacity: 10 students)
  • 1210 Polo Road (Capacity: 10 students)
  • Dogwood Hall (Capacity: Limit varies)
  • Kitchin Residence Hall (Capacity: Limit varies)
  • Magnolia Hall (Capacity: Limit varies)
  • North Campus Apartments (Capacity: Limit varies)

Additional space may become available. Resident Advisers may be assigned to any house. There may also be some blocked housing space available for Themes in designated upper-class residence halls. For existing Themes, an assessment of the current year’s progress, which includes feedback from faculty/staff advisers, will be considered. Existing Themes will be given priority on their location preference, but the final decision is at the discretion of Residence Life and Housing.

Please note: Existing Themes are not guaranteed Theme Status from one year to the next.

Information Sessions

Information Sessions will be held prior to the Fall Room Selection process. Actual dates and times of Information Sessions will be posted in January of each year.

2014-2015 Theme Houses and Locations

Theme Description Location Assistant
Ahuva House Serve as a space for students to grow in their faith and as a community. North Campus Apartments Margaret Raney
Anthony Aston Players A thespian organization which works to support the efforts of the Wake Forest University Theatre. 109-111 Rosedale Circle Hayden Newman
Rowing Crew House Serves to promote fitness and community on campus.  Dogwood Residence Hall Kenny Zheng
First Generation in Service House Serves to provide a bridge of support for First Generation students to connect with multicultural alumni and create a monthly mentoring program for high school students Dogwood Residence Hall Janae Shaheed
H.O.P.E House Serves to demonstrate Pro Humanitate through personal commitment to Wake Forest and the larger Winston-Salem community creating initiatives for social engagement surrounding diversity and inclusion. 1145 Polo Road William Diawuoh
Interfaith House Engages students of various religious backgrounds in an intentional learning community.  This house serves as a model of inclusivity amongst diversity on campus. 1109 Polo Road Shoshanna Goldin
International Relations House Provides an environment that fosters growth of educational curiosity, lasting friendships and gaining knowledge regarding international culture and international politics. North Campus Apartments Colton Bina
Service House Through service, research, and advocacy, the house hopes to better understand effective mechanisms for creating lasting change and to act on these ideas to promote social action both within the house and across campus. 1115 Polo Road David Hale
Sustainability House Serves to unite, motivate, and provide unique opportunities for the students on campus who are concerned with the issues surrounding sustainability. 1157 Polo Road David Hughes
Wake Radio House Wake Radio aims to be an engaging environment for students to discuss their shared appreciation of local artists and college music. Wake Radio strives to use music as a vehicle to bring Winston-Salem and Wake Forest together. 1210 Polo Road Chris Federici
Wesley House Wesley campus ministry is establishing a theme house to build community within Wesley members and to grow in our faith. Magnolia Residence Hall Meredith Richardson



Submit a Theme Housing Application to Residence Life and Housing in Alumni Hall, Room 104.   Applications will be due Friday, February 13, 2015.  A specific Application Timeline including Application Deadlines, Interviews, Decision Notifications, Acceptance Letters and Room Assignment Deadlines will be posted in January. Groups who have received a Theme housing location must complete the process of assigning students, collecting and submitting a complete roster with the faculty/staff advisor’s signature.

Application Timeline & Deadlines
Date Description
Friday, January 23, 2015 Applications available on RL&H website
Friday, February 13, 2015
Theme Housing Application due, 104 Alumni Hall, no later than 5 pm
Monday-Wednesday, February 16-25, 2015
Theme Housing Interviews
Monday, March 2, 2015
Notification letters with decisions about 2014-2015 Theme Houses will be sent by Residence Life and Housing
Friday, March 20, 2015
Completed theme rosters due to Residence Life and Housing

Please Note: If any selected theme house has not assigned 100% resident occupancy by the March 2015 deadline, then that theme may lose its designated location. Each member will then have to proceed through the remainder of the 2015 Fall Room and Dining Selection Process, and the theme space will become part of regular room selection.