History of Living-Learning CommunitiesTheme housing has existed on campus for a number of years. Starting with the Students' Program for International Cultural Exchange (SPICE), the demand for theme housing has grown significantly through the years. Students wishing to live among their peers with similar interests in both an academic and social setting led to the development of our theme housing program. From SPICE came the Spanish House, Asbury House, Black Student Alliance House, Arts Hall, German Hall, and more!
With the completion of Clairmont Campus in 2002, students and faculty were given a very unique opportunity to live together in the same community. Faculty members were invited to be a part of the Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) program, where they lived on Clairmont Campus and offered (with the assistance of Residence Life) programs throughout the year based on their interests, whether it pertained to their classes or not. Our first FIR members included Dr. Arri Eisen, who led the BASE hall and Dr. Bradd Shore, who led the CIL program.
In 2004, Residence Life & Housing launched the Second Year at Emory (SYE) program, a program designed specifically with the "sophomore student" in mind. SYE expands upon students' first year experience, while offering them programs that target second-year students' needs, such as career counseling.
Currently, we are reshaping our programming model for first-year students into the First Year at Emory (FYE) program. Taking from our previous model and the Emory Campus Master Plan to create a "Freshman Village" in the center of campus, we hope to create a vibrant social community focused on several interdisciplinary topics that will significantly enhance the first year living experience.