Special Interest Housing (SIH) enables students to create unique, self-directed, living-and-learning communities centered on a common theme. Throughout the academic year, SIH students live, learn, and work together, participating in shared, community-based learning experiences.
- Practice independent living in University-owned houses.
- Uphold University conduct and residential living policies.
- Build positive relationships with SIH housemates and community partners.
- Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of community needs and service organizations.
- Identify how personal strengths, interests, and education can be used to serve the community.
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
- Participate in reflection opportunities.
- Design a service project connected to a specific topic.
- Develop community partnerships.
- Create positive change through service.
- Increase awareness and participation in community service.
- Individually complete 12 hours of service during both the Fall and Spring semesters.
- Students select a broad service topic that serves as the theme of their Special Interest House. In addition, a service project will be developed with a community partner. Students are encouraged to work with the Center for Community Engagement to identify a community partner.
- Each student will complete 12 hours of service in the Fall semester and 12 in the Spring semester. Of the 12 hours completed each semester, at least six hours must be completed collectively, with all members of the residence. The remaining six hours can be completed solely by the individual or collectively with other residents.
- All SIH residents must be full-time University of Lynchburg students enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours.
- All residents must remain in good disciplinary standing with the University (i.e. not on any conduct or academic probation at the time of application). They must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA while participating in the SIH program. Grade reports will be completed for all participants each semester.
- In addition to academic and service expectations, all residents are expected to be upstanding citizens on campus and in the community, acting as character and academic role models to others.
- Residents will work together to design a unique service project connected to a specific topic. At the beginning of each semester, they will submit a service plan outlining their work with a community partner and their goals to complete their service hours. All residents are expected to actively engage and complete the required service hours for each semester.
Special Interest Housing participants have partnered with the following campus and community organizations:
- Agape Lynchburg
- Brook Hill Farm
- Carl. B. Hutcherson Early Learning Center
- Central Appalachian Climbers Coalition
- E.C. Glass High School
- Locust Thicket
- Lynchburg Humane Society
- Lynchburg Parks and Recreation
- Montessori Children’s House
- Park View Community Mission
- University of Lynchburg Campus Grounds
- University of Lynchburg Outdoor Leadership Programs
- University of Lynchburg Sustainability
Participants shared the following reflections about their experiences: