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 or discussions each month around a yearly theme
  • Fellows are from the Study Abroad office, Mathematics Department, English Department, Languages & Literatures Department, Sociology Department, and Global Studies
  • 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.

The Learning Outcomes of our Living-Learning Communities are from the GLOBE document, which outlines outcomes for all SUNY Geneseo students upon graduation:

  1. Integrative Inquiry: To ask meaningful questions connecting personal experiences to academic study and co-curricular life; to synthesize multiple bodies of knowledge to address real-world problems and issues.
  2. Application and Transfer: To adapt and apply skills, theories, and methods gained in one or more domains to new situations.
  3. Reflection: To reflect upon changes in learning and outlook over time; to make personal, professional, and civic plans based on that self-reflection.


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, belong to the first year Edgar Fellows program (Geneseo’s Honors students), and/or they are first-year international students. Residential Fellows engage students in conversations to deepen their course understanding and make connections to our global community.

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 first-year Edgar Fellows and International students will be automatically placed in Dante House.  For first-year students interested in living here, housing placements for Dante 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, Entre 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 2020-2021 cohort: Why They Marched by Susan WareFor far too long, the history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born. But Susan Ware uncovered a much broader and more diverse story waiting to be told. Why They Marched is a tribute to the many women who worked tirelessly in communities across the nation, out of the spotlight, protesting, petitioning, and insisting on their right to full citizenship.  We meet Mary Church Terrell, a multilingual African American woman; Rose Schneiderman, a labor activist building coalitions on New York’s Lower East Side; Claiborne Catlin, who toured the Massachusetts countryside on horseback to drum up support for the cause; Mary Johnston, an aristocratic novelist bucking the Southern ruling elite; Emmeline W. Wells, a Mormon woman in a polygamous marriage determined to make her voice heard; and others who helped harness a groundswell of popular support. We also see the many places where the suffrage movement unfolded—in church parlors, meeting rooms, and the halls of Congress, but also on college campuses and even at the top of Mount Rainier. Few corners of the United States were untouched by suffrage activism.Ware’s deeply moving stories provide a fresh account of one of the most significant moments of political mobilization in American history. The dramatic, often joyous experiences of these women resonate powerfully today, as a new generation of young women demands to be heard. 

Susan Ware is a celebrated feminist historian and biographer, is the author of American Women’s History: A Very Short Introduction and Letter to the World: Seven Women Who Shaped the American Century, among other books. She is the editor of American Women’s Suffrage: Voices from the Long Struggle for the Vote, 1776–1965 and is Honorary Women’s Suffrage Centennial Historian at Radcliffe’s

One accepted into Dante 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 Residence Life (reslife@geneseo.edu or 585-245-57826) 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?

Fill out the general interest form or contact Dr. Meg Reitz directly at x6363 or reitzm@geneseo.edu