REC Selection Process

Residential Engagement Communities

Residential Engagement Communities are a collection of intentional living communities that allow students to invest in learning and leadership opportunities in a residential setting, while providing students the flexibility to choose their experience. The program creates an opportunity for students to build an authentic and inclusive community, pursue service and civic interests, and foster mentorship relationships between peers. Community members, under the guidance of a faculty or staff advisor, will develop programming and take part in campus opportunities in order to create an immersive living and learning experience.

2019-20 REC Selection Timeline

  • REC Applications Due – Monday, February 11 @ 8:30 a.m.
  • REC Interviews/Presentations – February 18-20
  • REC Offers Extended – Friday, February 22
  • Deadline to Accept/Decline REC Offers – Monday, March 1 by 5 p.m.
  • 2019-20 REC Rosters Due – Friday, March 8 by 5 p.m.

Theme Housing

The purpose of Theme Housing is to provide students with a residential learning experience around a common area of interest while working closely with a university office or department. Themes work closely with a faculty or staff advisor to develop a community that directly engages with their area of interest through intentional dialogue, service, programming, and/or intentional engagement with the Wake community.  Students, and specifically Theme Program Advisors (TPAs), are tasked with planning a community with clear purpose, goals and learning outcomes while providing Theme members with clear expectations for engagement within the community.

Students per Group: 6-12 per group. Individual group size will vary based on assignments placement.

Theme Housing Requirements: Groups wishing to establish a theme housing group must meet the following qualifications to be considered.

  • Groups must partner with a relevant university department or office and identify a faculty or staff advisor from that office that will help to direct and advise the theme through regular meetings.
  • While functioning as a partner of a university office, Themes are student-initiated and led by an identified Theme Program Advisor.
  • Groups must demonstrate membership commitment to consistent engagement in Theme activities.

Student Leadership:  Each Theme program must identify a Theme Program Advisor (TPA), a student leader who lives in the theme and is primarily responsible for meeting Theme requirements. TPAs coordinate programming initiatives and complete program requirements with input from their faculty/staff advisor.

Interest Housing

The purpose of interest housing is to provide student organizations with an option to pursue living in a community.  Groups are required to create a purpose statement and identify goals for their housing group.

Students per Group: 8-10 students based on assignments availability

Interest Housing Requirements: Groups wishing to establish an interest housing group must meet the following qualifications to be considered:

  • Students are members of an established chartered organization.
    • Established chartered organizations are groups that have been chartered and have operated for at least one full academic year at the time of application.
  • While functioning as a subset of their larger organization, the interest housing group is student led and student-initiated.
  • At least two members of the housing group are also members of the organization’s student leadership body (ex. executive board, leadership team).

Student Leadership: Interest housing communities function as student-led extensions of their parent organizations.  Each community must have a single identified student leader who lives in the community and acts as the Community Liaison, or point of contact between the Office of Residence Life and Housing and the group’s members.  

  • REC Selection Overview

    Theme and Interest Housing Groups are required to reapply each academic year.  Acceptance into the Residential Engagement Communities program is based on available space, the quality of the group’s stated purpose and goals, and whether the group demonstrates an ability to be successful within the Residential Engagement Communities program.

    • Existing groups will be evaluated based on progress towards the group’s goals and the fulfillment of expectations regarding the assignments process, proper communication with RL&H, and adherence to the Guide to Community Living.
    • New groups will be evaluated based on the quality and potential of their stated purpose, goals, and general plan for a community as communicated through the application, interview, and presentation process.
    • Working with faculty/staff advisers throughout the application and interview process is strongly encouraged.
  • Steps for Applying for a Residential Engagement Community

    Step 1 – Determine your Community Type

    • Review the Interest Housing and Theme Housing overviews (above) to learn more about the criteria and expectations of each community type.

    Step 2 – Select your Student Leader

    Step 3 – Find a Faculty/Staff Adviser

    Step 4 – Complete the Application

    Step 5 – Schedule and prepare for your Interview/Presentation

    • After applying, RL&H will schedule an Interview/Presentation with both new and returning Interest and Theme applicants.  
    • The TPA or CL candidate, as well as at least one additional member from your group are expected to attend the interview.  
    • More details and requirements regarding the interview/presentation will be sent to the TPA/CL candidate after submitting an application.

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