NYIT Bear Communities (BC) are housing options for returning residential students who wish to build community and live with each other while exploring a theme, common interest, and/ or passion. Residents in a BC area apply to be part of these unique communities and are offered special programs and opportunities to teach others about their interests, strengths, and passions.
BCs are a great opportunity for students to gain leadership skills, share their knowledge with others, and live with people who hold similar values. NYIT Bear Communities are different from other residential communities and halls because they allow students to further explore topics and causes important to them. NYIT Bear Communities will offer special related programs, and opportunities, which distinguish these communities from other housing.
NYIT Bear Communities are for returning students who elect to live in these suites who MUST apply as a full suite of six residents. These suites will pledge that they will participate in and sponsor semester programs consistent with their identified cause. With oversight and advising of from designated and committed Housing & Residential Staff, this living community will partner with a faculty or staff person in order to meet their semester goal of engaging with their identified cause. This may include coordinating the budget, training, potential travel off-campus, conversations, and commitment to interpersonal communication, and learning outcomes. This year's themes are up to you. So please be creative and realistic in your proposal:
How do I come up with a theme?
You and your desired suite mates must chose a themed purpose. The themed purpose can be a theme that is based around a common interest or major. Themes such as sustainability, community service, civility, wellness, arts and religion are just a few to be named. Each BC must develop an educational purpose - what you are hoping to learn from the experience or how you plan to enhance your education by living in an BC. This is your mission statement of sorts. Your purpose should be a short, broad statement that explains what the theme of the BC will be and what you hope to achieve through the BC program.
For example, if the BC theme is Pre-professional students, your purpose may be as follows: The purpose of the Pre-professional suite is to provide a support network for students living in the halls which will help us achieve our academic goals, explore and apply for professional degree programs upon graduation from NYIT, and network in our respective fields.
What types of themes can my group use?
The possibilities for different themes are endless. Examples include but not limited to) sustainability, religious groups, musical theater, different languages, student organizations, diversity, computer science, and much more!
How do I apply?
Application Deadline: April 12, 2013
Who do I contact for more information?
Contact Jerome Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Office of Housing & Residence Life in Bolivar Hall.