TAPSI Housing

The college offers Theme/Affinity/Program/Special Interest (TAPSI) Housing:

  • Theme/Affinity Housing grants students who share an aspect of their identity the opportunity to live together in an intentional community with shared values and goals, allowing these students to feel supported and have their identities affirmed by those who live around them. This type of housing serves to enrich the lives of house members by providing resources for educational, cultural and social programming, thereby promoting a stronger sense of solidarity among students of marginalized identities.
  • Program/Special Interest Housing grants students who share a particular programmatic or special interest to live together in an intentional community with shared values and goals, allowing these students more resources to explore their interests and share them with the larger Williams community. This type of housing serves to enrich the campus life of residents by providing educational, cultural and social programming, thereby promoting additional opportunities for co-curricular learning among Williams students.
  • Application & Timeline for 2022-2023 TAPSI proposals and housing: 

    Disclaimers regarding TAPSI:

    • TAPSI started with one program in its inaugural year, 2021-2022.  We hope to grow in this, the second year, with three programs, buildings/spaces to be determined. We understand that this means that many wonderful ideas will not be able to be accommodated, but there will be other opportunities to propose TAPSI spaces as the program continues to grow!
    • Filling out the application demonstrates interest in creating a space. By submitting the proposal, you are applying to be the Community Coordinator of the residential space. Students who add their names as ‘interested in living in the space’ also ‘endorse your leadership’.  To be clear, the student who fills out the application is also applying to be the house Community Coordinator.
    • If a proposal is chosen, students who indicated interest and all students will be able to submit a short application that will ask you to elaborate on your interest in living in the TAPSI space and a committee of folks (excluding the Community Coordinator) will review these applications and choose the residents of the house. You will be contacted with details on this application after TAPSI spaces are finalized. 
    • Please note that this program may change in future years – we will learn from the inaugural year as well as in future years, and will make adjustments as needed.
  • Community Coordinators are student leaders in TAPSI Housing who act in similar capacities and roles as House Coordinators. They are tasked with building community for residents in the TAPSI spaces and coordinating with Area Coordinators and other campus entities to support Williams’ residential life goals. As a Community Coordinator for TAPSI housing, you are required to: 

    • Foster community building in the space. 
    • Have one faculty advisor and one staff advisor. House leadership will meet with them weekly.
    • Put on at least 3 programs that touch on three different categories each semester. Examples are included in the Google doc application form.
    • Create a short report each semester summarizing programming, attendance, etc.
    • Submit a short reapplication process each year. This is not because you are at risk of losing the space, but an opportunity to ensure the space is meeting your needs. 

    As a residential community, all members of the TAPSI spaces are equally responsible for supporting community building and creating programming for the TAPSI space. To demonstrate this commitment, Community Coordinators and residents will sign a residential contract before committing to living in the space. Additionally, all residents will have to engage and work with their Community Coordinator to execute programming in the house. 

    Community Coordinators and residents are not expected to put on programming for the campus in the same way that RSOs/MinCo groups do. However, houses/floors are encouraged and asked to co-sponsor events with student groups, including offering physical spaces. There is a requirement to co-sponsor one event with campus partners once per semester. In addition to their faculty and staff advisors, Community Coordinators and residents will have the support of Area Coordinators. Students will have a budget for programming; the amount and process for accessing these funds are to be determined.

  • Will first-year students live in these spaces?

    • First-year students will not live in these spaces, but TAPSI spaces will do outreach for first-years.

    How will the spaces be determined and will Co-Op spaces be impacted?

    • Students may elaborate on particular needs of the space, which will be considered when choosing spaces. The Co-Op program will be unaffected by the TAPSI program.

    Will Community Coordinators be able choose residents of the TAPSI space?

    • Each Community Coordinator for a TAPSI space can pull in one student to live in that space. Other residents will be chosen by a committee of students, faculty, and staff that does not include the Community Coordinator. 

    Can I live in a TAPSI space for more than one year?

    • Students may re-apply to live in a house for an additional year, and will be asked to reflect on what they would bring to an additional year in the space. 

    How do Community Coordinators apply for the role moving forward?

    • CCs will eventually apply through the HC/RD/RLT process and designate the spaces they would like to be Community Coordinators for. 

    What kind of training do CCs go through?

    • Community Coordinators will go through training with other upperclass residential leaders, the HCs/RDs/RLT. In addition, they will attend training specific to facilitating group goal setting and collective accountability. CCs, faculty advisors, and staff advisors will also be asked to attend a fall bootcamp, during which they will get to know one another and explore the advisor/advisee relationship.
  • How many advisors are required for each TAPSI space?

    • Each TAPSI space is required to have one faculty and one staff advisor. 

    What is required of me as an advisor?

    • The commitment will be about 8-10 hours/month, which breaks down as follows, 
      • 1 hour/week with student leadership (4 hours/month)
      • 1 hour/biweekly with all other faculty/staff advisors (2 hours/month)
      • Attending events/program planning (2-4 hours/month)
      • One advisor “bootcamp” each fall, where all CCs, faculty advisors, and staff advisors get to know one another and go through training together.
  • How do I get the 30 signatures required to apply for a TAPSI space?

    • Acquiring 30 signatures is a way to demonstrate widespread interest in the space. Signing onto a TAPSI space does not obligate someone to live in that space. A separate and short application process will take place after TAPSI spaces are selected in order to select residents. To achieve 30 signatures, rely on circles you’re a part of, both folks who may want to live in the space and folks who simply support its formation and existence. To make the process of signing easier, you can share a Google or Excel sheet and have folks sign by editing the document directly.

    How do I approach potential faculty and staff advisors?

    • You are required to have one faculty and one staff advisor. This ensures that your TAPSI space has a team of support and representation from different areas of campus. We recognize that the pandemic has made it difficult for first-year and sophomore students to interact with faculty and staff in ways they would in typical years at the College. We encourage you to ask upperclass students about their opinions on potential advisors. Who have their champions in the faculty and staff? You may direct potential advisors to this webpage to learn more about the role, the commitment, and the College’s plan to recognize it. 

    We want to create a TAPSI space, but we’re having a difficult time finding someone who wants to take on the Community Coordinator role. Any suggestions?

    • Unlike the 30 signatures, students who designate themselves as Community Coordinators on the TAPSI application are committing to the role if the TAPSI space is selected. However, it is important to clarify that this role is not a hierarchical one. Community Coordinators serve a logistical role; they will connect more frequently with faculty and staff advisors, working closely on utilizing the budget available to them for programming. Unlike HCs and RDs, Community Coordinators will only be working with their TAPSI space, which means coordinating a small group of people. In addition, all residents of TAPSI spaces will sign a community agreement, in which they will commit to equally supporting the mission and programming with other residents and Community Coordinators. This is an awesome opportunity to shape the TAPSI program moving forward!

    What if I have other questions about the application process? 

    • Please reach out OCL Housing Staff. We are happy to answer your questions. Our contact information is below. 

    Patricia Leahey-Hays, Director of Housing & Residential Life/Associate Director of Campus Life [email protected]

    Zach Cramer, Area Coordinator [email protected]

    Erin Stanton, Area Coordinator [email protected]

    Ana Azevedo, Housing and Residential Programs Assistant [email protected]