Dante House

Dante House is a community of first year students that are interested in global citizenship and service.  Our first year Edgar Fellows are housed here along with international students, which creates a unique environment around which discussions connecting coursework to individual experiences occur.

Dante House Fellows Event with Gary Towsley, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics

 picture of Wayne Hall.

Quick Facts

  • 90 first year students
  • Edgar Fellows, International Students, and those interested in global citizenship and service
  • Residential Fellows hold Dante House dinners every month in Red Jacket dining hall to talk about the yearly theme
  • Fellows are from the Study Abroad office, Mathematics Department, English Department, Languages & Literatures Department, and Sociology Department
  • Annual Community Service project in the spring semester
  • Participate in the Common Summer Book Read

What is a Living-Learning Community?

A Living-Learning Community (LLC) is a group of students who choose to live together in a Residence Hall to explore a common interest.  Each LLC has a shared academic component (e.g., a course, faculty-led workshops, a service trip) and is strengthened by co-curricular experiences that align with the community's interests and goals.


DANTES - Discover | Aptitude | Nationality | Thoughtful | Engagement | Service


Dante House, Geneseo’s first Living-Learning Community, is located in Wayne Hall. Students living in Dante House have an interest in global citizenship and service, or belong to the first year Edgar Fellows program (Geneseo’s Honors students), or they are first year international students, or any first year student interested in engaging in discussions about local and global issues. Residential Fellows from the Study Abroad, Mathematics, English, Languages & Literatures and Sociology departments hold dinners at Red Jacket dining hall with students in Dante hall to engage them in conversation and then plan a service project with the students in the spring semester.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students living in Dante House will participate in at least one service activity.
  2. Students living in Dante House will develop a new cultural perspective on global or local events.

How to Apply

All housing placements for Writers House are based upon application review. Applicants must have submitted complete answers to all questions in the application to be considered for placement. Only those who submit an application by the housing deadlines listed on the housing selection website may be considered for placement. You can find more information on the housing process at housing for incoming students.

The Common Book, Summer Reading Program

Members of Tesla House, Dante House, and AOP will participate in a common read over the summer. You will be assigned to meet in discussion groups about the book during move-in weekend. Geneseo students, faculty, and staff will lead the discussion groups.

Book for the 2019-2020 cohort: brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award.  She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

One accepted into Tesla House, students are responsible for reading the book before they arrive on campus in the fall. Students can purchase the book, an audio book, or borrow the book from a library.

For any questions or concerns, contact the Department of Student Life (life@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5851) or the Associate Director for Educational Initiatives, Dr. Meg Reitz, (reitzm@geneseo.edu or 585-245-6363)

Are you a faculty or staff member interested in getting involved?

Visit our Residential Fellows webpage for more information or fill out the general interest form or contact Dr. Meg Reitz directly at x6363 or reitzm@geneseo.edu