Loyola University Maryland

Student Life

Themed Communities

New for 2018-2019

Submit a Themed Community Proposal

Themed communities are intentional residence hall communities that are formed around a selected topic, interest, or purpose.  The mission and goals for the community are developed by students with the aid of an administrator and/or faculty member who agree to advise the students throughout the year.  Past themed communities have focused on leadership development, community service, LGBTQPIA+ awareness, mission, interfaith, sports & recreation, and social justice.

Themed Communities should further Student Life’s Mission to “support the holistic development of the student body by empowering students to create safe, civil, and inclusive living and learning environments.”  

Themed Communities should be rooted in at least one of Loyola’s Core Values and contribute to the learning that takes place outside the classroom as assessed by the Division of Student Development’s Learning Outcomes.

Who can propose a Themed Community?

For the 2018-2019 academic year, successful proposals must be completed by a returning RA for the Fall 2018 semester and at least two additional resident leaders who commit to living in and contributing to the leadership of the themed community.  This group will be considered the Leadership Team for the Themed Community.

*In future years, the new community application process will be open to any resident.

How do I propose a Themed Community?

RAs must complete the Themed Community Proposal Form and submit it to tdcherney@loyola.edu by Sunday, November 26, 2017.  Community Leaders will be notified of the status of their proposal by November 29, 2017.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, approximately three proposals will selected to become Themed Communities.

Can I choose where on campus my Themed Community would be?

As part of the proposal process, Leadership Teams are asked to provide at least three residential areas that would best support the purpose of their Themed Community along with any specific buildings within those areas.  Student Life will determine final placements and will include that information on the November 29 decision date.   

Can I work with another office or student group on campus to create this Community?

Absolutely!  Themed Communities don’t need to be new or original initiatives.  Consider the goals of current offices on campus or current student groups and how a residential component could contribute to the success of those goals.  Reach out to student leaders or administrators already committed to the topic you want to explore in your Themed Community.

Once a Proposal is accepted, what is required to implement the Themed Community?

  • The Leadership Team will meet with Tim Cherney, Mary Whitehead, and additional relevant Student Life Staff Members between November 30 – Dec 8, 2017 to create a timeline moving forward including finalizing community goals, resources, application processes, and selection processes.
  • Each TC must also have a faculty, staff, or administrator as an Advisor for the community confirmed by January 15, 2018 
  • The three members of the Leadership Team are responsible for recruiting residents for the community.  This includes tabling and information sessions on January 16-19, 2018. 
  • Leadership Teams will be responsible for matching incomplete roommate groups and making tentative room placements for all members of their community (with final approval from Student Life).

How do students apply to live in the Themed Community?

The actual application/interview process will be determined by the Proposal Team in collaboration with Student Life and the other Leadership Teams.  As part of that process, the following must be met:

  • Residents can apply to be a part of the community as complete or incomplete roommate groups (including as individuals)
  • Applications must be open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • The full member selection process must be concluded by February 8, 2018 with residents accepting or declining their place in the community by February 19, 2018.
  • For a Themed Community to remain viable for the following year, at least 16 students must accept their place in the community.  

Themed Communities Timeline


27 Themed Community Proposals open


26 Themed Community Proposals due
29 Proposal Decision Letters sent to proposal Leadership Teams


 1   Accepted Themed Communities begin meeting with Student Life to craft implementation plans


15 Themed Community Resident Application process opens
16   Themed Community Tabling and Info Sessions begin
26   Themed Community Resident Application due


 8    Resident Acceptance Letters sent to applicants for Themed Communities
19 Residents Accept or Decline place in Themed Community


12 Themed Community Housing Placements Finalized

If you have any questions, please reach out to:

Tim Cherney, Associate Director for Inclusion and Community Development – tdcherney@loyola.edu
Mary Whitehead, Assistant Director for the Charleston Area – mewhitehead@loyola.edu