Programming in the Residence Halls
Residence life is committed to educating students from a holistic perspective. All programming initiatives revolve around the departmental focal points: community, learning, awareness, and empowerment. These points are used as guides for resident assistants, academic mentors and community councils as they develop and implement social, educational, and community service initiatives in their communities. Staff and student leaders focus on assessing their communities and determining what areas they should focus their energy on to best meet the needs and interests of the community members.
The point of learning addresses the belief that learning occurs both within and outside of the classroom. This area encompasses academic support efforts, life skills planning, exposure to educational topics and experiences, and the development of interpersonal skills.
The point of awareness focuses on helping students become more aware of their physical, mental, and emotional wellness. The focus is on helping them understand their ethics, values, and spirituality in addition to gaining an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and ways of being/living.
The point of community involves fostering an involved and caring community, participating in service learning efforts both on and off campus, and developing a sense of responsibility within residents for both the physical and personal aspects of the residential area.
The point of empowerment involves students gaining a better understanding of both local and global issues and concerns, becoming actively involved in political and social undertakings, and gaining or becoming exposed to leadership skills and styles.