Wellness Communities

Wellness Communities offer opportunities for students to develop new and effective strategies to manage stress, anxiety, alcohol and other drug use, and contribute to a positive community, which increases overall wellbeing.  Each Wellness LLC offers different physical spaces in the residence hall to promote one or more aspects of wellness.

Southside Wellness Week

Quick Facts

  • Students living in Wellness Communities (first year, suite-style building) have access to a workout space in the hall that includes free weights, cardio equipment, and free exercise classes
  • A specialty RA position, the Resident Advisor for Wellness, supports each community and is a resource for all things wellness on the campus
  • Students celebrate Wellness Week each semester with events, seminars, and games to learn about supporting our physical, emotional, and mental health


Wellness | Advocacy | Community | Resilience


There are three Wellness Communities on campus - Suffolk Hall houses first year students in suites, Onondaga Hall houses first-year residents in corridor and Ontario Hall houses upperclassmen students.

  • Ontario Hall is also home to the upperclassmen Wellness Community.  A specialty RA position, the Resident Assistant for Wellness (RAW), is an in-hall, personal resource for students regarding all things wellness. The Wellness Community partners with the Department of Student Health and Counseling to improve students’ wellbeing.
  • Suffolk Hall houses a first year Wellness Community, which strives to provide a holistic view of wellness to residents.  Through student development programs and campus partnerships, residents of Suffolk Hall are able to learn more about ways they can focus on their physical, mental, and emotional wellness in their new home.  Suffolk Hall is the only residence on campus that has an in-hall workout space.  This gives residents the unique opportunity to exercise without leaving the comfort of their home!
  • Onondaga Hall also houses a first-year Wellness Community in a corridor-style arrangement. Onondaga North houses the South Village Health Center and the Campus Community Resource Nurse.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students living in a Wellness Community will identify and implement strategies to improve their overall wellness (physical, emotional, and mental wellness).

How to Apply

All housing placements for the Wellness Communities 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.

For any questions or concerns, contact the Department of Residence Life (reslife@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5726) 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 Meg Reitz directly at x6363 or reitzm@geneseo.edu