2009-2010 Intercultural House Application
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2009-2010 Intercultural House Application Intercultural Resource Center/Office of Multicultural Affairs Columbia University Thank you for your interest in the Intercultural Resource Center and for considering the Intercultural House (ICH) as your housing option! Below and attached you will find information on the IRC and the ICH application packet. The Process Attached is the application for the 2009-2010 Intercultural House. Your timely submission and thoughtful answers are the first presentation of yourself to the evaluation committee. Candidates who are currently studying abroad can submit their application via e-mail (email@example.com) or fax (212) 854-3110. Qualifications Prospective ICH residents should support the IRC’s objective to collectively work toward social justice, to actively build community in the ICH and on campus, and to develop awareness of multiculturalism through education and intercultural social exchange. Applicants must be enrolled in no less than twelve points at Barnard College, Columbia College or the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Applicants must be sophomores, juniors or seniors during their year of residence and in good academic standing and disciplinary status. Please note: Applicants are expected to participate in a full academic year. Plans to study abroad during 2009 - 2010 academic year may affect consideration of prospective residency, particularly if you intend on studying abroad in the fall 2009 semester. All residents are expected to participate in a weekend orientation/retreat in August/September. The weekend orientation program is mandatory. Inability to participate in this experiential program in its entirety is cause for expulsion from the program and residence. No exceptions will be made. The Application The completed, typed application must be submitted no later than Thursday, January 29, 2009 by 5pm to the Intercultural Resource Center at 552 W. 114th St. All information is confidential and will remain on file for one year or until your residency in the IRC/ICH ends, whichever comes first. All accompanying information, such as resumes, transcripts, and program flyers, must be included in order for your application to be complete. Applications that are incomplete in any way will not be reviewed. You will be called in for a group interview and a one-on- one interview after your application is received. Tentative group interview date and time is as follows: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 1pm One-on-one interviews will be scheduled during the week of February 2, 2009. Notification of Acceptance All applicants will be notified no later than the 2nd week of February, of their acceptance. Questions about the process, program requirements, and/or qualifications should be directed to Marta Esquilin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shirley Torho at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you! Intercultural House Columbia University Information Sheet 2009-2010 Mission and Purpose The Intercultural Resource Center, which is part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is devoted to promoting a just society and exploring issues of interculturalism and diversity within and beyond the Columbia University community. The IRC provides a forum for education and social exchange that encourages self-discovery and a greater awareness and appreciation of cultural history within and between communities on campus. It endeavors to empower students, faculty and staff with the tools to be able to successfully navigate their environments and thus be able to positively impact the community at large. The Intercultural Resource Center (IRC) and the Office of Residential Programs work collaboratively to help students become culturally competent citizens through their residency at the Intercultural House (ICH), the IRC’s living-learning unit. The ICH offers thirty students of various ethnic, religious and social backgrounds an opportunity to learn more about issues of diversity through a unique communal setting that fosters cultural identity development and works toward social justice and cohesion. The ICH is located at both 552 and 554 West 114th Street, and residents work together to sponsor cultural, educational and social events that support the objectives of the Intercultural Resource Center. Students of all cultural backgrounds who are registered for 12 or more points at Barnard College, Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science are welcome to apply. Applying to the Intercultural House The application is intended to provide evaluators with a summary of your accomplishments, philosophy and qualifications for this living-learning housing experience. Please submit your completed, typed application to the Intercultural Resource Center at 552 W. 114th St. no later than January, 29, 2009 by 5pm. All submitted materials and attachments become property of the IRC and will not be returned. Residential Requirements: All students accepted into the ICH are expected to meet specific programming requirements that serve to facilitate learning, build community and broaden our residents’ cultural knowledge base. Each resident is required to: Attend Monthly 2 hour House Meetings. Attend 2-day community building retreat weekend at the beginning of each academic year. Each resident is required to attend at least one IRC sponsored event per semester. Each resident is expected to participate in the creation and implementation of a program/event. This program/event should reflect the values and the mission of the IRC with the explicit purpose of educating the Columbia University and surrounding communities. Each resident is expected to attend House social events and functions outside of the above requirements when able. These functions may include but are not limited to the “One Love Dinner” and the “Block Party”. Intercultural House Application Intercultural Resource Center/Office of Multicultural Affairs Columbia University 2009-2010 Please note: In order to be considered for residency at the Intercultural House, you must complete and return this application by Thursday, January 29, 2009 by 5pm. I. Personal Information Name: _________________________ _______________________ First Last Social Security Number: _____ - _____ - _____ Gender: Male___ Female___ Trans___ Campus Address: ____________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address and Residence Hall ___________________________________ _____________________ E-mail Address Campus Telephone Number Permanent Address: ____________________________________________________________________ Street/Apartment _____________________________________________________________________ City/State or Country Zip Code Telephone Number Do you plan on applying for a Resident Assistant/Community Program Assistant or New Student Orientation Program position? ___________ Do you plan on studying abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year? _____________ Please check any other residential communities you are applying to: Special Interest Communities (Casa Latina, Symposium House, etc.) ________ Living and Learning Center (LLC) ________ Roommate-Living Information As of this year, the IRC has residential components at both 552 and 554 West 114th Street. Some of these rooms are single occupancies while others are doubles. Most of the doubles are very spacious, apartment-style 2-person suites with kitchens and bathrooms. This means that if accepted into the ICH, you may be offered a double or a single. The following questions will help us gauge your living style and aid us in pairing you with the best fit, so please be as honest as possible. 1. Are you open to being considered for an IRC double? (Please note that answering no to this question may limit your opportunities for residency in the IRC) IF NO, (You may disregard questions 2-7) 2. Have you ever had a roommate, and if so, briefly describe your living situation, as well as your experience, good or bad. 3. How do you feel about going into a blind double living situation, that is, not knowing who your roommate is going to be until decisions are made? 4. What are some of your personality traits that you think would best enable you to live with another person? What are some traits in a roommate that may hinder your ability to co-exist peacefully? 5. On a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the least clean and 5 being extremely neat, how would you rate your living space? 6. Are you a morning person? 7. What are some things that a roommate absolutely needs to know about you? Please be brief. II. Educational History School: ____________________________ Major: _______________________ Graduation Date: ____________________ Cumulative GPA: ______________ **Please attach a current transcript.** III. Extra-curricular Activities and Work Experience We are interested in your extra-curricular activities and leadership experience. Please provide below or attach a list of activities in which you have participated during college, including dates and positions held, and as well as a list of jobs you have had. Activities might include involvement in student groups, athletics teams, publications, music and the arts, volunteerism/service learning, and work with community organizations among others. Resumes are acceptable. TO ALL APPLICANTS: Please answer all questions below on a separate piece of paper. Responses should be typed and succinct (no more than two pages for Part IV). IV. Questions 1. How do you personally define “social justice,” and how does this speak to your interest in being a part of the Intercultural House? 2. What do you feel are the qualities of a just and purposeful living-learning community? 3. What should the ICH’s role be on Columbia’s campus? 4. How can you contribute as a member of the Intercultural House? What qualities do you possess which you feel would make you a good candidate for the Intercultural House? 5. What do you hope to gain as a member of the Intercultural House? V. Project While you live in the ICH, you are expected to coordinate an educational event for the community on social justice or cultural pluralism. You have a budget of $75 at your disposal. Please submit a complete proposal for the event, which includes (but is not limited to) overarching mission, project goals, description, month/time, location, budget, logistics, personnel, and advertising. You must also include a sample flyer for your event.