Residential Learning Programs

2019 - 2020 Options

Community Catalyst Houses


Community Catalyst Houses will engage returning students in an environment at Stetson where living, learning, and values meet. Students with common interests (academic or community interests) who have a desire to enhance our campus and community will live together in a residential house environment to meet a challenge facing our community!


  • Each house will create a space where students of different disciplines are able to create their own community, promote Stetson’s values, and foster an inclusive environment.
  • Each house will empower and provide an interactive experience where students serve as catalysts for change with the attempt to build a better world.
  • Each house will foster an environment where community service and peer engagement are central to the experience of the house and beyond.

This program is designed to empower Stetson students to think deeply about their experiences, Stetson, the DeLand community and our global society. Students are encouraged to be imaginative and design their own community by exploring ones’ intellectual passions and values, in addition to gaining an awareness of the reality in which others at Stetson and in DeLand experience day to day.

New Community Catalyst Houses for the 2020 - 2021 Academic Year proposal deadline is December 13, 2019. Find the proposal application on HatterSync.

Faculty support is an essential piece to the success of the community catalyst house program. Find out more about the role of the faculty mentor.

Returning students interested in applying to participate in a 2020 - 2021 Community Catalyst House visit Housing Central and complete the Residential Learning Program Application or contact us by email at

The following selected themes for the 2019 - 2021 academic year are as follows:

Inner Beauty

The Inner Beauty Community Catalyst House will serve as an environment where discussing how we live, love, and grow into ourselves leads us on the journey of self-acceptance in an ever-changing world. Those who reside in Inner Beauty hope to redefine beauty at Stetson and create a film sharing Stetson stories in creative personal ways that do not limit our view of beauty. Their hope for the Stetson community is to create a universal definition of beauty that pushes beyond the expectations that society and social media create. 

Musical Experience

The Musical Experience Community Catalyst House will serve as an environment where passionate music students create support systems that strive to navigate the adversity of the competitive music world. Members of the community will host opportunities that allow for faculty and performers to provide guidance on strategies to battle the rigors of performing and working in music in addition to seminars that expand career skill development for preparation in the competitive musical world. Music Matters! The house will frequently collaborate with Stetson Counseling Services to bring professional mental health insight to music lovers, performers, and listeners.

Sustainable Sanctuary 

The Sustainable Sanctuary Community Catalyst House will offer an environment that aims to promote and instill habits that are sustainable, yet attainable. A zero-waste lifestyle is an attractive idea but is often hard to attain without a rigorous process for gradual reduction. The members of this community will utilize strategies to see the impacts they are making over time while developing and adapting their own habits in a sustainable way. This community will also bring together existing environment-based clubs and departments on campus to learn from each other so that they can cultivate a more sustainable environment on the DeLand campus and create a continually-growing sustainability initiative at Stetson.

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Fraternity & Sorority Communities

There are over 800 students that are involved with sorority and fraternity life on Stetson campus. Residential Living and Learning owns and operates 12 Greek affiliated housing facilities. Each sorority and fraternity house features suite-style living and contains a chapter room. By living in Fraternity or Sorority affiliated housing at Stetson University, residents will have an opportunity to make lasting connections with members of their organization as well as connect to the Stetson community. Each house has a resident assistant that facilitates social, education, and community programming to foster those bonds within each organization and beyond.

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Living Well Community


The Living Well community is designed for returning and transfer students who desire to lead healthy lifestyles. Students in the Living Well Community learn about creating and maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Community programs are designed to provide experiences to explore one's health and wellness from a holistic standpoint emphasizing on a number of dimensions of well-being. Partners from the Department of Wellness and Recreation and related academic programs work with the residents to promote these lifestyles in their lives and around campus.


  • Identify, understand and incorporate into their lifestyle, a personal definition of wellness that integrates all six domains of health and well-being.
  • Increase awareness of the influence that societal mores and values have on individual lifestyle choices and accepted norms.
  • Explore health and well-being from multiple and diverse perspectives, and internalize how different experiences, perspectives and perceptions influence attitudes, values, and choices regarding health and well-being.

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Women's Leadership Community


The Women's Leadership community is designed for new female students who desire to invest in the exploration of their authentic self in relation to leadership development within a group of strong female leaders. Students will gain a greater understanding about themselves, learn about leadership opportunities in the community, develop goals related to their own leadership development and organizational involvement, and work as a team to help other women in the community meet their goals. Within this collective environment, students discuss and examine their experiences at Stetson, achievements, and positions of leadership as women in higher education and society. Partners from the Department of Student Development and Campus Vibrancy and related academic programs work with the residents to provide a focus on leadership, activism and community building.


  • Develop leadership skills through the cultivation of personal traits, experiences, knowledge, resources, and opportunities.
  • Engage with students, faculty, and staff in experiences and community service related to women's and gender issues.
  • Cultivate connections on campus and in the broader community.
  • Demonstrate leadership capacity through courageous acts on campus and in the community.

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