Joining Themed Housing is an opportunity to Engage

Themed Housing provides an opportunity to engage with other students through shared interests, tailored programming, and opportunities to join student organizations on campus.

Civic Circle

Civic Circle is a theme-based community focused on civic engagement. This community aims to provide a special environment primarily for first-year students who are passionate about community service and are also interested in pursuing other forms of civic engagement. By participating in this community, students will acquire knowledge, develop skills and competencies, and reflect on personal values and attitudes in the context of civic engagement.

The Department of Housing and Residence Life coordinates Civic Circle in partnership with the Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI).


  1. To encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and development, and to act ethically to achieve personal growth
  2. To foster civic-mindedness among students, including the motivation for engagement in addressing social justice issues
  3. To promote appreciation of social and cultural values in a diverse community

Participation Requirements

  • Registration for ORI 100: First-Year Seminar and Orientation
  • Participation in CCSI-organized community engagement programs and events such as
    • Alternative Breaks
    • Community Engagement Fair
    • Community Engagement Symposium
    • Days of Service

Environmental Leadership Theme Housing

Enrollment in the Environmental Leadership Theme Housing community provides an opportunity for individuals to experience a small community living experience within the larger university setting that appeals to students who are committed to sustainable living, protecting the environment, or have a passion for environmental education. Residents share common goals of practicing sustainable behaviors as well as promoting environmental stewardship, ecological literacy, or sustainability ethics.

Program Requirements

  • Membership in Barry University‚Äôs Green Team
  • Registration for ORI 100
  • Participation in sustainability service projects such as;
  • Barry Beautification Day
  • International Coastal Cleanup Day
  • Arbor Day Freshman Tree Planting
  • Move Out Drive and Switch It Off programs
  • Participation in the planning and execution of Earth Week events
  • Optional
  • Application for the Summer Environmental Leadership Experience.

A two week experiential program for Barry University students to learn about sustainable agricultural ecosystems in Adrian, Michigan. Through the lens of environmental stewardship, the program will offer hands on activities at the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse Permaculture site, with service trips and day trips to local points of interest. Students selected to participate in this summer experience are expected to implement sustainability initiatives at their universities upon completion of the two week program. This program is offered at no cost to selected students through the generosity of the Adrian Dominican Sisters grant.

Emerging leaders program (ELP)

The Emerging Leaders community is open to all First Year Students who seek to discover their leadership potential. Through partnership with the Office of Mission Engagement, ELP undergraduate students are invited to participate in a leadership certificate program during the fall semester, which includes self-discovery, team building, and reflection. This cohort program introduces students to the Social Change Model of Leadership Development through fun, hands-on sessions featuring guest speakers and Peer Mentors.

Once participants complete the ELP certificate, students are encouraged to apply for campus leadership positions such as Student Government, Resident Assistant, Service Fellows, Ambassadors, O-Team, and others as well as develop on-going mentoring relationships with upperclassmen, university staff, and faculty.

Program Requirements

  • Session 1: Thursday, September 12th
  • Session 2: Thursday, September 19th
  • Mentoring Meeting: September 22-28
  • Session 3: Thursday, October 3rd
  • Session 4: Thursday, October 10th
  • Mentoring Meeting: October 13-19
  • Session 5: Thursday, October 24th
  • Session 6: Thursday, October 31st

Program Commitment

  • Registration for ORI 100
  • 6 leadership sessions during the fall semester
  • 2 meetings with Peer Mentor during designated mentoring weeks
  • 2 on campus events
  • Complete a day of service

Living Space

Students selecting to participate in this program will live together on the main Barry University campus in Miami Shores in one of the First Year Residence Halls. For more information on this opportunity including housing amenities, features and services, please contact