Residential Life { Division of Student Affairs/Enrollment Management }

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Program Objectives

Intercultural Competence

Through participation in their on-campus residential communities, students will be encourage and supported to expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills in the following areas:

  • Understanding the role that each person’s history, background, and culture play in influencing who they are
  • Understanding the role that social & political systems play in determining one’s power and privilege in society
  • Increasing their understanding of and appreciation for other backgrounds, lifestyles and cultures
  • Recognizing their own stereotypes and prejudices
  • Recognizing situations that discriminate against others
  • Confidently responding to situations that are insensitive, discriminatory and/or demeaning to others
  • Understanding their role in the creation of a just society
  • Broadening the diversity of their social group
  • Analyzing situations from diverse perspectives
  • Appreciating, valuing, welcoming, and celebrating the richness that differences bring into a community

Academic Success

Through participation in their on-campus residential communities, students will be encourage and supported to expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills in the following areas:

  • Identifying the conditions that best support their ability to study and learn
  • Developing and practicing successful skills and strategies for learning and academic success
  • Making increasingly better choices about how they choose to spend their time
  • Determining their priorities and matching them with their goals
  • Identifying and understanding their individual learning styles and how to use that style to maximize their learning
  • Knowing campus resources available to them to assist in improving their learning skills
  • Analyzing situations from diverse perspective
  • Identifying, connecting and integrating classroom learning with out-of-class experience
  • Identifying and accomplishing their learning goals
  • Collaborating with others to promote their own and others’ learning
  • Taking advantage of the unique and rich learning opportunities that the campus community provides
  • Matching their skills and interests with their major and career choices
  • Engaging the multiple aspects of one’s self (e.g. psychological, social, emotional, cognitive, etc.) in the learning process

Character Development

Through participation in their on-campus residential communities, students will be encourage and supported to expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills in the following areas:

  • Being open to new ideas that challenge their own beliefs
  • Clarifying their personal values and beliefs
  • Recognizing how individual decisions and actions directly reflect personal values and character
  • Recognizing that each person has the ability and responsibility to define their personal values and beliefs
  • Reflecting on the consequences of their actions
  • Understanding that individual values and beliefs come from one’s culture, background, and experiences

Community Responsibility

Through participation in their on-campus residential communities, students will be encourage and supported to expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills in the following areas:

  • Acting respectfully towards others
  • Connecting with others who have similar interests
  • Connecting with others who have different perspectives, beliefs and backgrounds
  • Articulating their beliefs, values and needs
  • Balancing personal values, beliefs,, and needs with the values, beliefs, and needs of others in the community
  • Resolving differences with others
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities attached to being a citizen within a community
  • Respectfully engaging in dialogue with others who hold different values and beliefs
  • Appropriately addressing the actions and behaviors of others
  • Actively contributing to the definition and development of who they are as a community
  • Exploring their leadership skills and ability to lead others

Personal Well-Being

Through participation in their on-campus residential communities, students will be encourage and supported to expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills in the following areas:

  • Recognizing how their lifestyle choices affect their health and wellbeing
  • Utilizing campus and community resources that promote and assist with health and safety
  • Recognizing how stress affects their health and ability to function effectively
  • Maintaining a healthy body image
  • Making informed choices about alcohol or drug use
  • Taking the necessary precautions to assure their personal safety
  • Developing positive methods for dealing with stress
  • Developing the self-awareness to recognize when they need help from others
  • Making healthy and informed decisions about food and exercise
  • Making safe and healthy choices about sexual behavior
  • Developing and maintaining healthy personal relationships
  • Recognizing and making proactive choices about their mental and emotional health
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