Skip to main content


If you would like to apply to be an "Affinity/Learning Community UGA", you will need to complete the essays for each affinity or special program that you are interested in.

This essay requirement applies only to the following programs: 

  • Chinese Language House
  • Cutter Shabazz
  • Foley House
  • Gender Neutral Program
  • Inter-Faith Living and Learning Community
  • International Program
  • La Casa
  • LALACS (Latin American, Latino, Caribbean Studies House)
  • Native American House
  • Sustainable Living Center
  • Triangle House

Below are the essay questions that you will need to fill out for each program as part of the online application.  You should write your essays prior to completing the online application.

Many of the questions asked for each program are the same as the questions asked on the housing application for the program. If you intend to apply to live in one of these programs in the event that you are not selected to be a UGA, you should save your essay responses so that you do not have to rewrite them for the housing application.

Once your essays have been submitted as part of the online UGA Application, they will be reviewed by the advisor for the relevant program. The advisor will determine if you meet the basic requirements for the program, and will also use the information to make recommendations regarding each candidate's suitability for the UGA position in the program.

Affinity/Learning Community UGAs have essentially the same job description as other UGAs, but the nature of these programs requires that Affinity UGAs work more closely with house advisors/coordinators, have familiarity with and understanding of the program for which they are hired, and in some cases the UGA needs to meet the language requirements of the program.

You can read a description of each affinity program at this link:


Chinese Language House


  1. Please list any pertinent information about your competence in Chinese (indicate if you are a native speaker, how much time you have spent in China, how many years you have studied Chinese, etc.).
  2. List the reasons you wish to live in the CLH.
  3. Do you have any dietary restrictions? If so, please explain.

For more information about this program, contact: Gerard Bohlen or Faculty Advisor Alan Li




  1. Please list all AAAS courses you have taken in the past.
  2. Briefly explain why you are interested in living in Cutter Shabazz.
  3. Briefly describe how you plan to participate and any ideas you have for enhancing house programs given its mission.

For more information about this program, contact: T. M. Mosley


Foley House

Note that the Foley UGA will be expected to comply with the policies and requirements that apply to all house residents, which includes contributing $300 to a house food fund, cooking 5 meals, attending at least 30 dinners, and participating in house chores.


  1. Why do you want to live in Foley? Please include information on what you hope to gain form the experience and what you will contribute to it.
  2. Please share your experience living with a group of individuals and sharing responsibilities (chores/ Cooking)
  3. How do you approach conflict resolution? Please give examples.

For more information about this program, contact:


Gender Neutral Program

Program Description: The Gender Neutral Program Floor is a special-interest living community where residents can learn about and explore gender identity and expression in a supportive environment. In addition to the traditional upperclass UGA responsibilities, this UGA works closely with the floor advisor and faculty to help support the Sunday dinner discussions that serve as the primary shared learning component of the program. The UGA also works directly with the program advisor to facilitate the specific needs of the Gender Neutral community.


  1. Why are you interested in the gender neutral program floor and what would make you a strong UGA candidate?
  2. What previous experience with exploring gender (academic, personal, and/or community) do you bring with you to this program?
  3. Please describe any dialogue, facilitation or leadership training experience (DPP, Deep Community, LDP, etc.) that you have completed either on campus or off.
  4. The Gender Neutral Program Floor applicants are asked, but not required, to share information about their biological sex, their gender identity, and preferred name or pronoun.  As the potential UGA, how do you think this information could be useful in supporting the floor community?

Optional Reference - If there is any person (Dartmouth affiliate or not) who can speak to your experiences relative to the Gender Neutral Program Floor, please include their name, title, contact information, and nature of your relationship.

For more information about this program, contact: Michelle Hector


Interfaith Living Learning Community


  1. Why are you interested in the Inter-Faith Living and Learning Community (IFLLC) floor?
  2. What previous experience with exploring inter-faith dialogue, community or relationship building (academic, personal, and/or community) do you bring with you to this program? 
  3. What unique contributions can you offer to facilitate a deeply enriching learning experience for IFLLC residents?

For more information about this program, contact: Nancy Vogele


McCulloch International Residence


  1. What unique contributions would you bring to the International Residence?
  2. How will living in the International Residence enhance your personal life?
  3. What personal experience has best prepared you for living on an affinity floor in residence hall where 40 to 60% of your fellow residents are likely to be citizens of other countries?

For more information about this program, contact: Steve Silver


La Casa


  1. Briefly explain why you are interested in living in LA CASA.
  2. Describe your experience with the Spanish and/or Portuguese language(s), and with Hispanic and/or Luso-Brazilian cultures.
  3. How do you think you would contribute to the academic, cultural, and social learning environment in La Casa, based on your experience and interests?

For more information about this program, contact: Program Coordinator Shirley Anghel or Faculty Advisor Raul Bueno-Chavez


LALACS (Latin American, Latino, Caribbean Studies House)


  1. How will living in the LALACS House benefit your academic and personal growth?
  2. What experiences have you had (research, LSA program, academic travel experiences, etc.) and courses (Latino Studies, Latin American Studies, English, History, Government, Geography, Anthropology, etc.) that can create an interdisciplinary learning connection to the Latino community and Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies program in the House?
  3. How do you see yourself adding and participating to the academic and social learning environment in the House based on these experiences?

For more information about this program, contact: Rodrigo Ramirez


Native American House


  1. In what ways have you been or are you currently involved with the Native American House (NAH), Native American Studies (NAS), the Native American Program (NAP), or the Native American Community at Dartmouth?
  2. What unique qualities and contributions would you bring to the NAH, and how would they benefit or compliment the residential program and/or the Native American and greater Dartmouth Communities?
  3. Why do you want to participate in the Native American House Residential Education Programming?

 For more information about this program, contact: Kapiolani Laronal


Sustainable Living Center

Program Description:  The SLC (North Hall) has 19 beds on coed floors.  Its residents are committed to participating in and developing events and ideas for the SLC and for setting an example on the Dartmouth campus. Students are expected to take a leadership position in the house, to help with chores and Wednesday Night Dinners, and to live conscientiously, self-observing and -critical. Just remember, you might have to think twice about your mini-fridge and hairdryer.  The UGA role is to manage traditional UGA duties while also taking part in one of the leadership positions, typically involving programming for the house.  There is an Advisory Board for the house that consists of a number of College staff and SLC students who work to further the mission of the house.  The CD supervises the UGA and manages the day-to-day living experience of the residents.  For more information, visit our website:


  1. What is one experience sustainability related or not that has given you an awareness of your impact on the world?
  2. What is one thing you could contribute to or learn from being a part of the SLC community?
  3. Sustainability is both a social and academic experience for students at Dartmouth. The SLC is designed be a learning community that introduces new students to sustainability practice and support students who choose to embrace sustainability as a part of a healthy, happy life at Dartmouth.  As the UGA of the SLC, how would you drive these principles in the house and why are you passionate about doing so?

For more information about this program, contact: Program Coordinator Jenna Musco, Faculty Advisor Rosalie Kerr


Triangle House

Program Statement: The aim of the Triangle House program is to enhance the intellectual and cultural environment of the Dartmouth College campus with particular regard to those issues which pertain to the historical and contemporary experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and allied people by accomplishing the following learning objectives:  1. Community - Foster a strong sense of community, health, and wellbeing among LGBTQIA students. 2. Knowledge - Develop knowledge of LGBTQIA histories, identities, culture, and politics. 3. Action - Increase exposure to and experiential practice of contemporary models of social justice organizing, service, and action.


  1. Given the program statement above, what opportunities do you think the Triangle house presents for its residents and what role will you play in facilitating them?
  2. Please list all academic courses, course work, or independence research on LGBTQIA topics you have completed in the past.
  3. Please describe any additional experiences that would inform your ability to be an effective UGA in the Triangle House; including, but not limited to, previous participation on the Gender Neutral floor, participation in related campus organizations, leadership facilitation training, time as an OPAL intern, or participation in LDP or DPP.
 For more information about this program, contact: Reese Kelly


Return to Main Selection Page

Last Updated: 3/7/14