• Special Interest Communities and Collectives

    What are Special Interest Communities and Collectives (SICs)?

    A Special Interest Community or Collective (SIC) is a residential group of students who share academic, personal, social, and/or cultural interests.

    • A collective is a community group within a residence hall that functions as a resource and collaborative space for the entire building.
    • A community is similar in function but is specific to one single floor in a residence hall.

    SICs provide an opportunity for residents to take part in leading their community in residential education around a shared interest while embracing the department’s three pillars of safety, scholarship, and community.

    What SICs are available in our residence halls?

    Academic Wellness Community

    The Academic Wellness Community is designed for students who share an interest in quieter living. This community enforces not 24-hour quiet hours but 24-hour courtesy hours. These floors are geared toward academic excellence with specialized community building strategies conducive to an environment ideal for studying and completion of academic tasks.

    Body, Mind, and Spirit Collective

    The Body, Mind, and Spirit Collective is designed as an opportunity for students to pursue a holistic understanding of wellness, healthy choices, exercise, self-care, religion and spirituality, civic engagement and service, and harm reduction. This collective will work to unite a cohesive group of students who share these interests. In turn, these residents will work together building community around these interests through various programming opportunities in which their passions come alive in an effort to reach and teach fellow residents.

    Cultures Connecting Collective

    The Cultures Connecting Collective is designed as an opportunity for students to engage in what it means to be a global citizen and an introduction to social justice. First-year and transfer students tend to select The New School because of its values centering on social justice, though they may not fully understand that concept. This collective will focus on the basics of social justice, such as gender pronouns, safe zone training, micro-aggressions education, the foundations of social justice, and the principles upheld at The New School. Additionally, this collective will allow students the opportunity to explore cultural differences and global citizenship in relation to being an international or domestic student at The New School. This collective will work to unite a cohesive group of students who share these interests. In turn, these residents will work together building community around these interests through various programming opportunities in which their passions come alive in an effort to connect with and educate fellow residents. The goal is for Cultures Connecting to serve as a stepping-stone to Exploring Social Justice.

    Exploring Social Justice Collective

    The Exploring Social Justice Collective is designed as an opportunity for students to focus on social justice education regarding privilege, power, oppression, and being an ally. It will also explore identity based on, but not limited to, race, class, gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation — as well as the intersectionality of these identities at The New School and beyond. Exploring Social Justice will also embrace the concept of sustainability and explore environmental justice. This collective will work to unite a cohesive group of students who share these interests. In turn, these residents will work together building community around these interests through various programming opportunities in which their passions come alive in an effort to connect with and educate fellow residents. The goal is for Exploring Social Justice to be an elevated collective following Cultures Connecting.

    Where are the SICs located?

    Academic Wellness Communities are located on a single floor in Kerrey Hall, Loeb Hall, the 13th Street Residence, the 20th Street Residence, and Stuyvesant Park. 

    Body, Mind & Spirit Collectives are located in Kerrey Hall, Loeb Hall, the 13th Street Residence, the 20th Street Residence, and Stuyvesant Park.

    Cultures Connecting Collective is located at our primarily first-year student residence halls: 13th Street, Loeb, and Stuyvesant Park.

    Exploring Social Justice Collective is located at our primarily upper-class student residence halls: 20th Street and Kerrey.

    Who runs the SICs?

    You do! Each SIC is assigned a Resident Advisor (RA) advisor who will get the ball rolling as residents have an opportunity to opt into leadership and involvement. 

    Why should I join an SIC?

    • Meet people with similar passions, forming your own community niche.
    • Gain valuable leadership skills.
    • Learn how to build community and educate your peers in the residence hall.
    • Foster community growth and development around your SIC area of “expertise.”
    • Add a leadership position and experience to your résumé!

    How can I get involved?

    You can express interest in one of the leadership roles for an SIC or just join as a member-at-large of the community or collective.

    Leadership roles include:

    • CE (collective or community executive)
    • ACE (assistant CE)
    • CG (collective or community gatherer)

    There will be an interest form and appointment process for the leadership roles in each SIC in each residence hall.

    Important Dates — Fall 2017

    8/23 - Social Justice Committee Mixer: 7:30–9:00 p.m. University Center, 5th floor, Social Justice Hub. Come learn about the social justice-focused SICs in your residence halls!

    8/29 - SIC Fair: 7:30 p.m. Location TBD. Come learn about the SICs in your halls!

    9/4 - SIC leadership interest meeting: 8:00 p.m., Stuyvesant Park Residence

    9/14 - meeting for newly selected SIC leaders. Time and location TBD.

    9/22 - Student Leadership Retreat

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