What is a Microcommunity?
The microcommunity program at ph Apartments supports residents interested in living together and pursuing a project or learning about a topic through the year This program lets students integrate their personal interests within their college education, inspiring them to be intentional about how they live and learn.
Groups of 4-8 students who are interested in living and learning together are welcome to apply. We encourage creativity in proposals from those interested in pursuing microcommunity living. If you want some examples, here are some ideas or themes that could become a focus of a micro-community:
- A group focused on promoting global citizenship through exploration of cultures, global economic and environmental realities, and cross-cultural communication.
- A group whose members live together and consider controversial social topics in light of ethical, cultural or religious values and commitments.
- A group focused on learning and doing something about a pressing issue such as poverty and homelessness, climate change, violence or the incaceration industry.
- Your own idea of a living/learning/service community that develops deep and meaningful relationships within the group and meets a need on campus, in the wider community, or in the world.
Microcommunity members receive a rent scholarship, as well as funds to support activities and initiatives designed by the group. Students on individual or group leases are welcome to apply.
Applications are available October 1st. They are reviewed on a first come/first served basis. Applications will be reviewed and participants will be interviewed prior to groups being funded. Decisions are announced by the end of fall semester
For more information, contact the Director of Residential Community or fill out the form below.
Being in a Microcommunity is a great way to meet other people in PH Apartments. I really like how it is student-led because it gives us an opportunity to explore and discuss topics we are all interested in.
The Microcommunity has been a great opportunity. Being a college student it is difficult to eat healthy, but through reading “In Defense of Food” and the support of the members of the group we have all been able to be more conscious about what we are eating. Maggie got some cookbooks and we got to experiment with some of the recipes. One of my favorites was from the “100 healthy pizzas” cookbook; we made a basil mozzarella pizza. It is a great way to get to know people who are all interested in …
The PH Apartments Microcommunity program has allowed me to expand upon my leadership and communication skills in a topic I am passionate about! This has been a tremendous opportunity for me and the rest of my group!
The Food for Thought micro-community has given me the opportunity to make connections with people I normally would not have. It has also made me aware of the community around us and how we can help make it a better place while making friends and having fun!!! From this micro-community specifically, I have learned so much about the importance of knowing where your food comes from and how to be a smart eater.