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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.  Ay spaces left vacant in a Theme Community will be relinquished to Residence Life and Housing and used for general housing.


The Theme Application Process runs from mid-January through mid-February.  Applications are due to Residence Life and Housing by 5:00 pm, February 12, 2016.  For information on applying for Theme Housing criteria and expectations, contact Elizabeth Leslie, Coordinator for Residence Education. 

2015-2016 Theme Houses and Locations

Theme Description Location Assistant
AHUVA Serves as a space for students to grow in their faith and as a community. North Campus Apartments Blythe Riggan
Anthony Aston Players A thespian organization which works to support the efforts of the Wake Forest University Theatre. 109-111 Rosedale Circle Sean Maness
Athletes in Action Serves to offer a safe place to grow, learn, challenge and love through faith and fellowship; to learn and apply Biblical principles to their particular sport and lives; to support each other accomplishments and trials through athletics and other aspects of life. 1145 Polo Road Chandler Borton
Casa Latina (OLAS) Serves to create a sense of community and inclusion among students from all over Latin America, while also sharing our cultures with non-Latino theme hall members. Kitchin Residence Hall Cazandra Rebollar
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 1115 Polo Road Janae Shaheed
Global Village Serves to create an environment that promotes the development of global citizenry through common residence, academic engagement, and community building activities. Magnolia Residence Hall Lauren Formica
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 Tyler Hollifield
Rowing Crew Serves to engage and build character among new members through service and create cohesion among all members of the rowing ream in order to have successful engaging rowers that strive to for the best. Dogwood Residence Hall Kenny Zheng
Roosevelt Institute Serves to analyze contemporary issues in the local and hyper-local communities through an interdisciplinary policy lens and to craft community-based solutions using research, planning and organizing skills. 1210 Polo Road Hassan Nasif
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 TBD
THRIVE The Thrive Wellbeing Theme Community at Wake Forest University provides first-year undergraduate students the opportunity to share in the pursuit of a healthy, well balanced, and purposeful lifestyle. Babcock Residence Hall TBD
Wake Forest Bands Serves to support all of the ensembles of Wake Forest through increased awareness and to expand the musical experience in developing a deeper appreciation for the arts. North Campus Apartments Evan Schlameuss
Wesley Foundation Wesley campus ministry is establishing a theme house to build community within Wesley members and to grow in our faith. Magnolia Residence Hall Anne Scherer