Common Interest Communities

Common Interest Communities (CIC) are themed residences for students who share similar interests and lifestyles, regardless of what their major might be.

CICs are housed within the residence halls on campus, and advised by a professor who helps facilitate programming. Living in a CIC is a social learning experience — it gives you the opportunity to connect with like-minded friends while enhancing your education through activities on and off campus.

  • Entrepreneurship

    placeholderOpen to: All students interested in learning about starting a business

    Residence Hall: Horan Hall

    Adviser: Carolyn Predmore, professor of management and marketing

    Opportunities:

    • Learn about best business practices and how to forge partnerships and collaborations
    • Gain advice from others as you are mentored through the process of developing an innovative idea and a business plan
    • Consult with community business owners looking for business analysis and improvement on various projects
    • Consult with engineering students looking for consumer insight on product designs
    • Join the Entrepreneurship Club
  • Environmental Issues & Sustainability

    Students with recycling binsOpen to: Sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in the environment and sustainability

    Residence Hall: Horan Hall

    Adviser: Yelda Hangun-Balkir, chair of the environmental science department

    Opportunities:

    • Attend lectures by prominent environmentalists
    • Visit the Riverkeeper, the Nature Conservancy and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection
    • Participate in the Campus Sustainability Committee, the Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (CURES), Green Club, Catholic Relief Services initiatives
    • Work on the College’s Rooftop Garden project
  • Health & Wellness (Substance Free)

    Students working out in gymOpen to: All students interested in cultivating and maintaining healthy lifestyles

    Residence Hall: Horan Hall

    Adviser: Jeff Cherubini, chair of the kinesiology department

    Opportunities:

    • Sign a pledge to keep alcohol, drugs and other substances out of the living space
    • Work on attaining a balance of mind, body and spiritual wellness socially, academically and professionally
    • Discover your personal strengths and challenges in wellness
    • Take classes by fitness instructors, personal trainers and nutritionists
    • Visit a trampoline park, yoga studio and outdoor gyms
    • Collaborate with faculty and administration at the Fitness Center, in the Kinesiology Department, and in Counseling and Health Services
  • Lasallian Community

    Lasallian braceletsOpen to: Students of all faith backgrounds and experiences interested in engaging with the Lasallian heritage and its five core principles

    Residence Hall: Jasper Hall

    Adviser: Brother Robert Berger, residence director of Jasper Hall, associate professor of religious studies

    Opportunities:

    • Explore faith and discuss social justice issues in today’s world
    • Participate in local service opportunities, including a community day of service
    • Attend talks by speakers on-campus
    • Attend a spiritual retreat
    • Meet the Brothers who reside at the Christian Brothers Center
    • Collaborate with Campus Ministry & Social Action
    • Help organize faith-based and social justice events on campus such as Agape Latte and the Racial Justice Teach-In
  • Nuestra Casa

    placeholderOpen to: All students interested in celebrating Hispanic culture and promoting multiculturalism on campus

    Residence Hall: Horan Hall

    Adviser: Hayden Greene, director of multicultural services

    Opportunities:

    • Visit cultural sites in New York City like Ballet Hispanico and El Museo del Barrio
    • Take part in monthly Dulce y Debates (Sweets & Debate) gatherings
    • Participate in community service initiatives
    • Attend at a religious service at a Spanish-speaking church
    • Join student organizations like Fuerza Latina or the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Performing Arts & Visual Culture

    Student playing pianoOpen to: Sophomores, juniors and seniors who enjoy music, theater, film, dance and the visual arts

    Residence Hall: Lee Hall

    Adviser: Mark Pottinger, chair of the visual and performing arts department

    Opportunities:

    • Create public art on campus
    • Study, discuss and critique historical and contemporary artistic trends
    • Visit museums, galleries and art studios around New York City
    • Attend movie nights, Broadway shows, dance workshops, art workshops, recitals and performances
    • Have an informal dinner with NYC-based artists and faculty

More Information

More information about how current resident students can sign up for a Common Interest Community is found on the Office of Residence Life website on the Inside Manhattan site.

Inside Manhattan: Residence Life