WHO2010 About the Housing Option

Location & Size

WHO will be located on the second and third floors of Few FF, directly above the Women's Center. Forty-six beds in double and single rooms will be reserved for WHO residents.

Mentoring Relationships

Mentorship is an important aspect of this community. The juniors and seniors selected to live here will become mentors to the sophomore residents. These mentoring relationships are intended to be an organic experience without the need to assign mentors and mentees. WHO will provide opportunities for mentorship with faculty, staff, and community members as well.

Women's Center Relationship

An interactive relationship with the Women's Center is a key component of this program. WHO residents will gain access to the Center's resources, including the use of the Women's Center lounge for various events. We want both residents and non-residents to become familiar with the great staff and programming that the Center has to offer.

Residential & Non-Residential Programming

The programming for this living community will have both structured and organic components. Structured components will include a retreat at the beginning of the year to form community cohesion, as well as an end of the year retreat for residents to reflect on their experiences together. During the initial retreat residents will choose the issues they want to tackle during the academic year. An elected committee of residents will plan the annual programming for the dorm in conjunction with the Women's Center staff and faculty advisor. Programming will include faculty, staff, and community speakers addressing a variety of topics.

In addition, many events will be open to males and other women on campus in order to foster relationships and spread the ideas of this specific community to the greater student population. Having an active and diverse residential population and non-residential allies is a crucial part of our vision for this living space, as creating a new social power on campus will translate our discussions from words to actions and directly change Duke social culture. Duke students have expressed a need for alternative social opportunities on campus, and WHO wants to help! The student-run WHO planning committee will have the ability to plan WHO-sponsored social events much like SLGs.