One key aspect of our department’s mission is to create safe, caring, comfortable, inclusive, academically-oriented residence hall communities. The development of a positive and supportive living community happens in a number of ways. Residential Life staff members are available to support students and provide opportunities to engage with their peers. Resident Assistants (RAs) and Residence Directors (RDs) plan social and educational activities for the purpose of meeting other students and developing an overall community environment. Community growth also occurs when students participate and seek ways to become involved.
Research shows that students who seek active involvement in their residence hall and campus community – such as participating in hall activities, volunteering in community service, participating in the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and Student Government Association (SGA) - report higher levels of overall college satisfaction and are much more likely to persist to graduation (A. Astin, 1985). The key is seeking out meaningful activities and helping to make a difference in the hall and campus community!
Here are just a few opportunities for students to get involved:
- Attend floor and hall community meetings.
- Help RAs and other students to plan social activities for your hall.
- Get involved in RHA.
- Participate in a residence hall or campus community service project.
- Develop leadership skills by attending campus events, speakers and workshops.