THIS IS A SAMPLE APPLICATION ONLY.
DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO APPLY TO LIVE AT THE HOMESTEAD.
Dear Homestead Program Applicant:
We’re glad you are interested in joining the Homestead community. Attached is the application to live at the Homestead. Please answer the application questions and consider the statement of intent carefully. Return completed applications via email to Nedda Ahmed, Homestead Advisory Board Chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than ____________. We will not accept late applications.
To better acquaint ourselves with each other and to allow applicants to acquaint themselves with the Homestead, we are inviting all applicants to join us for dinner any night at 6:30 P.M. during the week of ____________, through ____________.
Criteria considered in evaluating the applications include applicants’ previous involvement in Homestead events and commitment and motivation stated in the application. Unfortunately, current freshmen and seniors are not eligible to apply. Current Homesteaders will review and discuss the applications by , and then meet with the Homestead Advisory Board to finalize the selection. On or before ____________, applicants will be notified of the final decision. If accepted, applicants are given the chance to decide whether to accept the invitation. It is possible, though not likely, that the Homestead may reach a consensus to not extend invitations to fill any or all spots available.
If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Tom Henshaw, Homestead Coordinator at email@example.com.
Thanks for applying!
Please read carefully before completing this application:
In accordance with the Office of Campus & Residential Life housing policies, students who have previously been Suspended or on Disciplinary Probation are not permitted to live in satellite housing which includes the Homestead. By submitting this application, you authorize the Homestead Advisory Board to verify that you are not currently nor ever have been on disciplinary probation or disciplinary suspension at Denison.
Upon acceptance to the Homestead, residents sign a contract that lays out the minimum responsibilities of being a Homestead resident. In that spirit, we incorporate the following statement of intent for applicants to the Homestead:
Submission of this application represents my serious intent to live at the Homestead and my recognition of the privileges and responsibilities involved in Homestead life. These responsibilities include respectful participation in the Homestead living/learning community, compliance with the Homestead mission (see below), and active presence at Homestead activities including dinners, meetings, work parties, and seminar. If invited to live at the Homestead, I will seriously consider these commitments in deciding whether to accept this invitation.
Homestead Mission Statement: The Homestead is an ever-evolving experiment in community that is inhabited and maintained by Denison University students with strong commitments to a socioenvironmentally-responsible life ethic. We chose to live simply by using only technology that we deem appropriate and by making every effort to be fully conscious of the social and environmental impacts of our consumption. Our philosophies are brought to life through their practical application within the parameters of our academic setting. The Homestead family encourages enrichment of the self and community through exploration and expression of our individual and collective creativity, ideas, emotions, and intellect. Our dynamic community nurtures life experiences that are self-affirming and empowering. These experiences contribute significantly to our future endeavors and create a collective spirit that unites the Homestead past and present. We open our arms to the greater global community to share with us the wonders embodied in the Homestead.
Homestead Application for <Semester/Year>
Please take as much space as you need to respond to the following questions. Feel free to combine answers and answer questions in any order. And please answer each question very seriously.
1. Why do you want to live at the Homestead? What would living at the Homestead mean to you?
2. What do you feel you have to offer the Homestead? What might the Homestead offer you?
3. Homestead residents are constantly coming up with innovative projects that enhance the Homestead experience based on individual interests and perceived needs. If you lived at the Homestead, what kinds of projects would you initiate?
4. The livelihood of the Homestead depends on the dedicated physical and intellectual work of the community. There are many areas to contribute to, what sorts of helpful skills do you have?
5. Even thought you may not realize it, you are a part of many communities: your dorm, town, family, friends, etc. How would you describe the Homestead as a community?
6. At the Homestead, we live in close quarters with other diverse people. Although there is a general feeling of friendliness, problems can arise. How do you approach conflicts between yourself and someone else?
7. An important part about living at the Homestead is realizing the truly learning-living nature of the experience. One way to do this is through an academic link. Are there any ways you can envision integrating the educational aspect of Denison into the Homestead and the educational aspects of the Homestead into the Denison/ Granville community?
8. There are many non-human Homesteaders. Amongst them are several cats, and at times dogs, chickens, and bees. Do you foresee having any problems living with the Homestead animals? Would you be interested in learning about and helping to care for them?
9. General work at the Homestead includes cooking, cleaning, chopping wood, gardening and general upkeep. Such work requires a substantial amount of your time. Serious problems can arise when residents shirk their responsibility to contribute the time and
effort that is essential to the Homestead’s mission. Do you have any problems with this kind of work or time commitment?
10. Some Homesteaders are strict vegetarians/vegans and the Homestead adheres to a vegetarian menu. Are you willing to cook vegan and eat a vegetarian diet? Circle: Yes No
11. The Homestead needs tending even over breaks. Will you be willing to give up a break or two? Will you be at the Homestead for this summer or May Term? Please circle those that apply:
Summer May Term (part of) Thanksgiving (part of) Winter Break Spring Break