WHO2010 Frequently Asked Questions

Who can live in WHO?

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 events!

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 RLHS.

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!