Specialty Houses Enable Students to Explore Many Interests

Photo of student standing in front of Spanish House

Hollins’ residential community features a variety of housing options, including traditional residence halls, hill houses, and the apartments.  Among these housing options, there are seven specialty houses. Each house has its own mission and purpose, providing space for students to explore their interests with fellow community members as well as the campus community.

With the assistance of a faculty/staff adviser, the specialty houses are student-run and each semester the houses conduct their own application and selection process, inviting new members into each house.  This semester, recruitment kicked off with a specialty house-themed Bingo night, where the prizes were connected with the various houses.  Later that week, the specialty houses held an open house on Front Quad. The campus community was welcome to participate in the fun and pose questions to the representatives from each house.  The students in specialty housing are excited to welcome new members next semester!

Our current specialty houses include:

  • Carvin Global Village – Carvin’s goal is to establish a well-rounded and unified community encompassing international and North American students alike who value cultural experiences.
  • Fandom – Fandom’s mission is to build a community of students who wish to express their love, or “fanship,” from any fandom (television, books, music, etc.). They wish to provide inclusivity of interests and share their love of fandoms with other members of the Hollins community.
  • French House – La Maison Française is dedicated to studying French language and culture. Residents help each other practice their language skills in conversation, engage in French culture through food, music, film, etc., and educate the Hollins community on the francophone world.
  • Mind, Body, Spirit (MBS) – MBS is a community that fosters balance and well-being in the lives of its members and associates. This specialty house emphasizes participation in campus events that focus on mental, physical, and spiritual health for a more well-rounded college experience.
  • Near East Fine Arts (NEFA) -NEFA is a lively, supportive community of art enthusiasts and artists committed to the pursuit and performance of their art. Members of NEFA commit to holding themselves to a mission of creativity, work ethic, critical thinking, and respect while fostering interconnectedness within the house.
  • Sandusky Service House – Members of the house collaborate with other service organizations on campus to increase awareness of service opportunities available to Hollins students on campus and in the Roanoke community.
  • Spanish House – La Casa Hispánica is a small, close community that seeks to practice speaking Spanish whenever possible and to share their love for Hispanic/Latino culture with the campus.

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Stephanie Force, Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life