The Global Home and the Peer Health House gear up for a unique semester

Townhouses on Georgia Avenue. Photos by Sambhav Bansal (C’23).

By Sambhav Bansal
Executive Staff

Amidst life at Sewanee during a pandemic, there are a couple new things to look forward to on campus. There are two new theme houses on Georgia Avenue, and although programming might look different for them, the residents and the co-directors of these establishments seem very excited for their future goals. 

Feza Anaise Umutoni (C’22) and Lucas Carvalho (C’22) are the co-directors for the Global Home this year. Umutoni & Carvalho told the Purple that they decided on the name “Global Home” instead of “House” because they wanted to create a sense of community and belonging in the house amongst residents, and anybody who wants to learn more about different cultures. 

The purpose of the Global Home is also to provide a safe space and a hang-out spot for international students that might not have many options to socialize on campus. It is designed to be substance-free to help provide the students with a different opportunity to engage with the other students on campus without having to engage in Greek life if they don’t want to. The house is not exclusive just to international students to help create those bridges and cross cultural barriers. The Global Home seeks to strengthen a culture of peace, dialogue, respect, and tolerance within the Sewanee community regarding cultural differences.

The Global Home.

For the Peer Health House, formerly known as “The Healthy Hut,” Buck Allen (C’21) and Caroline Crews (C’21) will be co-directing the house this year.They are both Peer Health Educators (PHE’s) — as are most of the house residents. 

The Purple reached out to Ames Williford (C’21), former co-director of the house and current resident. Williford commented, “The previous house name, ‘Healthy Hut,’ was not very inclusive and did not represent the goals of this year’s house members. A lot of people have a pretty rough relationship with the word ‘healthy,’ as it carries a lot of expectations of lifestyle and body image. Moving away from that word is really important in creating an atmosphere and community that is accessible to everyone on campus. There is so much more to health and life than the connotations associated with ‘healthy.’”

The Peer Health House aims to become a place of inclusivity, with particular emphasis on  mental, spiritual, sexual, and emotional aspects of health. Since most residents have also been trained for Peer support and management, the Peer Health House will be another addition to the crisis centers on campus along with the Bairnwick Women’s Center. This is definitely a welcome change and hopes to address the larger issues present at Sewanee regarding mental health and well-being.

The Peer Health House.