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Theme Housing

Theme Housing is a program established to promote a direct link between residential, academic and extracurricular life for students at Wake Forest University. It is designed to provide students who have common educational endeavors or common extracurricular interests the opportunity to live together in campus housing. By focusing on a specific area of residential living, Theme Housing can profoundly impact the experiences of our students on campus. A Theme Housing program increases students’ opportunities to pool resources and learn from each other and has proven to be an effective living/learning tool. There are also employment opportunities for students looking to get involved with Themes. If you are interested in becoming a Theme Program assistant, visit the Employment page for additional information and an application.


  • Each Theme is required to recruit a faculty/staff advisor to work with the Theme for the entire academic year.
  • The group must create a purpose statement to outline the reasons for the Theme’s existence.
  • A goal statement must be submitted for the upcoming year. This statement must specify how the Theme will contribute to the Wake Forest community and the greater community of Winston-Salem.
  • Each Theme will have a student leader (Theme Programming Assistant) who lives within the Theme to coordinate programming initiatives and complete program requirements with their faculty/staff advisor. It is the responsibility of each Theme to identify an individual who will serve in this capacity.
  • Decisions to approve Themes are based on the number of applications submitted, the thoroughness of the application, and the availability of housing space.
  • 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: 14 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)

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
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 February 19, 2014.  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
Monday, December 9, 2013 Applications available on RL&H website
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Theme Housing Application due, 104 Alumni Hall, no later than 5 pm
Monday – Thursday, February 24-27, 2014
Theme Housing Interviews
Friday, February 28, 2014 or Monday, March 3, 2014
Notification letters with decisions about 2014-2015 Theme Houses will be sent by Residence Life and Housing
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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, 2014 deadline, then that theme may lose its designated location. Each member will then have to proceed through the remainder of the 2014 Fall Room and Dining Selection Process, and the theme space will become part of regular room selection.