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West House

 "West House is at the intersection of social justice, community service, and cultural awareness.  West House residents will contribute to society, but also to humanity." - Shellese Shemwell, West House Head Resident

About The House

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Follow West House Online

Instagram: @vuwesthouse
Twitter: vuwesthouse

House Staff

Robert Barsky, Faculty Head
Greg Fontus, AC

Shellese Shemwell, HR
Kevin Clavin, RA
Sean O'Reilly, RA

Katie Gao, President 
Tom Carroll, VP
Harrison Stall, PR Chair
Adam Taylor, Floor Rep.
Madison Maderious, Floor Rep.
Jack Lyden, Floor Rep.
Michaela Wiebe, Service Commissioner

West House provides modern features in a classic structure. The building was completely renovated in 1986 and received new finishes and furnishing in the summers of 2005 and 2006. West House is home to approximately 112 first-year men and women on separate floors, mostly in traditional double rooms. 

The Faculty Head of House lives in an apartment on the first floor. Also located on the first floor is a large laundry, two seminar rooms, music practice rooms, a study area, and a full-sized kitchen for the House. West House was built in 1922.

Signature Programming

Signature programming at West House includes the following events:

  • Wild West Wednesday is a weekly social gathering of residents aimed at promoting House unity.  Residents enjoy music and bonding over snacks.
  • Barsky Dinners serve as a chance for students to have conversations with people who are changing the world for the better.  Guests of honor include Vanderbilt faculty and community members. 
  • Brunch with Barsky occurs on the first Sunday of each month.  Students enjoy a home cooked meal while discussing today's latest topics.