WHO2010 Frequently Asked Questions
WHO is open to sophomore, junior, and senior women.
What if I don't get in?
Because this is a pilot program, only 46 women will be
able to live in the space during the 2010-2011 school year. We
hope that the program will be expanded in future years, so we
recommend reapplying next spring for 2011-2012 housing.
Additionally, non-residents (male and female) are encouraged to
be a part of our programming. Be on the lookout for WHO
Is this a "substance free" housing option?
WHO is not designated as a substance free dorm.
Is this a selective living group?
WHO is not a selective living group. It is a "special interest area" akin to East Meets West. There is no rush process associated with applying. It is like an SLG, however, in that the residents will be able to sponsor and host social events on campus.
What kind of social events are we talking about?
The dorm hopes to have a positive impact on the current social scene by offering alternatives to the typical parties. The dorm planning committee and residents will be able to plan open events much like SLGs. Rather than the current "all or nothing" dichotomy for social activities on campus, WHO members will have the opportunity to organize the kinds of parties and events that you want to see happen!
How is this different from the Baldwin Scholars Program?
WHO is intended to be less rigorous than the Baldwin program.
Rather than a four-year development program, this is a living
community that aims to facilitate development through a shared
living experience for women during their time of residence. We
want to provide a community where open dialogue can occur about
campus life or anything that you care most about. We hope
that by providing women with opportunities for empowerment
through mentorships, networking, leadership lessons, and
participation in relevant discussions about women's issues on and
off of Duke's campus, the dorm will address expressed campus
needs for women.
How long can I live in WHO?
As of right now, one year of housing is guaranteed to WHO residents. After the pilot year, a re-application process for 2010-2011 residents will be established.
How will men be included in the discussions about gender issues?
The programming that would be available through this living
experience would be open to all students, not just the women
living in this housing area. Though the living space is dedicated
to females, the conversation about gender issues on campus is
something that should be shared by men and women in order to make
Duke a really cohesive university.
Who is on the WHO selection committee?
Students will not be involved in the selection of the
residents; rather it will be conducted by a committee composed of
the Women's Center staff and Duke faculty, with input from
I want to study abroad next year. Can I still apply?
Living in WHO requires a full year commitment so that the residents really have time to bond during their time together.
We recommend that students apply only during years that they won't be abroad.
I'm currently studying abroad. Will this affect my application?
If you are abroad during the application period, you should still apply!