Affinity Housing

Affinity Housing presents the opportunity for GW registered student organizations, athletic groups, and academic organizations to create their own living community around their particular needs and interests.

The 2017-2018 Affinity Housing application will open on December 1, 2016 at 10am at GW Housing e-Services.

Affinity Housing groups for the 2016-2017 academic year include:

  • Bandfinity (University Bands)
  • Business Pros (Alpha Kappa Psi)
  • Casa Blanca
  • Delta Epsilon Mu
  • Epsilon Sigma Alpha
  • FoBoZero (Green GW)
  • GW Club Ultimate Frisbee
  • International Affairs Society
  • Jewish Communal Living
  • The George Washington Williams House
  • Women of Color
  • Women's Leadership Program Alumni

Affinity Housing Guidelines

  • Must have a minimum of 12 participants. Groups interested in District House must have a minimum of either 16 or 20 participants.
  • Neither the individual members nor the organization can have an active judicial sanction.
  • All members must be registered members of the student organization (membership can be updated through OrgSync).

Each Affinity Housing group will identify an individual to serve as their Affinity Group Coordinator (AGC). AGCs foster positive community environments and ensure the needs of residents in the affinity group are addressed. The AGC role is paramount to ensuring that the affinity group is connected to staff, faculty, and campus resources that support the Affinity Housing Program. The AGC must live with the Affinity Group and will have the following responsibilities:

  • Completion of the Affinity Housing Group Application
  • Serve as the primary decision maker between the community and the university; specifically, they will be the point person for all communications between the Affinity Group and GW Housing and the Center for Student Engagement
  • Work with the Area Coordinator of the residence hall and the Associate Director of GW Housing on occupancy of the space. They will notify the university if anyone has moved out and work with the members of their Affinity Group to identify someone to fill the vacancy.
  • Actively contribute to the growth of the community, including meeting one-on-one each semester with the Area Coordinator of the building and attending an AGC group meeting once a semester with the RD and AC to discuss general Affinity community topics.
  • The AGC will be granted early arrival each semester to prepare the Affinity space to welcome new members and to meet other AGCs and residence hall staff. Early arrival is optional.

Should a group not have an AGC or the AGC leaves the community, the Affinity group will elect a representative to fill the position.

Affinity Housing will be available in the following residence halls for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:

District House, Munson Hall, and Fulbright Hall.

Application Process

Application materials that must be submitted include the following:

  • Online application - will be available through GW Housing e-Services beginning December 1, 2015
  • Preliminary roster (the names on this roster can be changed for your final roster, but the number of participants cannot be increased after the application is submitted).
  • Letter of support from your advisor. Student organizations must submit a letter of support from their CSE staff advisor.
  • Letter of support from an executive board member of your organization (registered student organizations only).

The online application will have two essay questions which we recommend writing before completing the applic ation so that your group can work together on the responses. There is no minimum or maximum length for the answers to these questions. The questions are:

 

  1. Although many groups are not in a residential setting, affinity housing serves as an opportunity for a group to grow together around a shared theme or goal in a communal environment.  Our residence halls offer student lounges to hold events, large kitchen areas for shared meals, and access to supports such as RHA and Resident Advisors.  How would your organization specifically benefit from living in a shared space and benefit the residence hall/greater GW community?
  2. There are many advantages for student organizations that contain a group of their members that live together in an affinity.  However, for those organizations that have groups larger than the affinity has space to house them, it may present challenges in decision making for the organization and everyone feeling involved in the organization.  Do you see any challenges for your organization and what would be your plans on ensuring that this does not hinder your organization’s culture and ability to achieve its goals?  

Preliminary Roster Template (groups may either submit the roster using this form or use it as a guideline for the information that must be submitted) The Preliminary roster must include the first name, last name, RMS ID, GWID, gender, GW email address, and graduation year for each expected participant. The roster and letter from your advisor must be emailed to Kristen Franklin at kjfrank@gwu.edu.

 

Affinity Housing Timeline

2017-2018 Affinity Group Selection Timeline

December 1, 2016:  Affinity Housing Application available online at 10am Eastern time at GW Housing e-Services

February 13, 2017: Application, preliminary roster, and letters from advisor and executive board member due by 9am Eastern time.

February 21, 2017: Affinity groups selected! Group coordinators will be notified via an email which will contain their group's housing for the 2017-2018 academic year and will be sent a Rooming List Roster which they will use to place members into specific room and with specific roommates. The building and number of bed spaces allotted are final. If another Affinity Group either declines their space or does not use all their allotted spaces, adjustments may be made on a case-by-case basis.

February 24, 2017: Affinity groups must accept or decline their groups' housing offer & submit their final roster by 5:00pm. Groups that decline their housing offer will apply for housing through the general iHousing application process.

February 27-March 1, 2017: Affinity Housing participants apply for housing online via GW Housing e-Services.

March 19, 2017:  All members of Affinity Housing groups will be notified of their housing assignments.