Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Council

Program Overview:

Neighborhood Councils are the resident-elected governing bodies that exist in each of the residence hall neighborhood areas. Neighborhood Councils plan social, service, and educational activities; recommend neighborhood improvements; provide advice on policy issues; and support the community as a whole. Partnering with the Center for Civic Engagement, the Neighborhood Councils will host a number of community service opportunities throughout the semester. Living within the Neighborhoods are our intentional housing communities. Each intentional community provides a unique opportunity for social engagement in their living arrangement. 

Civic Engagement of the Neighborhood Council:

Each Neighborhood will host ongoing community service opportunities augmented by a larger program at some point past mid-semester. Each Neighborhood is assigned one of the major focus areas for the Center for Civic Engagement (Housing, Hunger, or Education). The Center is providing student leadership to assist in bridging the Neighborhoods to their respective community service partners. While residential students may volunteer with any area, the hope is to build a strong relationship between the residents of a particular neighborhood and their community partners.

Community Development Functions of the Neighborhood Council:

Activities and Events Planning

The Neighborhood Council has the responsibility for organizing social and educational activities for the residence neighborhood community according to the needs and interests of the residents. There is also a community service component to the programming.


The Neighborhood Council has the responsibility to determine rules and guidelines governing common areas, both those rules and guidelines for residents and the policies for allowing outside groups to use neighborhood space.

Recommendation of Physical Improvements

The Neighborhood Council has the responsibility to represent the residents of the area in matters which pertain to needed and desired physical improvements in the neighborhood. The Council may designate funds for the purchase and/or refurbishing of furniture, recreational equipment, and other items based on residents' needs and interests. The Neighborhood Council has the authority to establish policies regulating the use of such furniture and equipment.

Intentional Communities:

Academic Residential Communities

Academic Residential Communities are living communities of an academically based nature. Dialogue and discourse both inside and outside the classroom take place here. Working alongside faculty and staff, students within these programs immerse themselves into subjects on a deeper level.

Affinity Housing

Affinity Housing allows students to have a residential experience based on particular needs or interests. Students in affinity Housing live together in an intentional community guided by shared values, goals, and activities.

Greek Housing

Individual houses or floors are dedicated to our nationally charted Greek letter organizations.

The Neighborhoods:

West Side Neighborhood

Buildings: Wortmann Complex (Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, and Tabor): El Spangler, Chesapeake: Jimmy Whited, Catawba and Afton: El Spangler

South Side Neighborhood

Buildings:  Bartlett, Chalmers, Crawford, Marion, and Smith. Assistant Director: Carter Smith

North Side Neighborhood

Buildings: Maxey, CBR Complex (Caldwell, Beamer, and Ritter), and Sections Complex (Wells, Yonce, and Fox). Associate Director: Rachael Clark

East Side Neighborhood

Buildings: Elizabeth Hall, (Sigma Chi) McClanahan House, (Kappa Alpha) Crabtree House, (Pi Kappa Alpha) Kime House, and (Pi Lambda Phi) Markley House. Director: Jimmy Whited