The goals of residence life can be summarized in the development of the whole person; that is, the development of intellectual, moral, emotional, spiritual, relational, and physical components of students. These goals are attained through strategically designed and implemented programs which are overseen by the Associate Dean for Community Life and the Community Life staff.
The Resident Director (RD) is a master’s level professional who lives in the residence hall and is responsible for the overall administration of the facility. In addition to administering the residence hall and supervising the Resident Assistants, the RD counsels students, provides educational programming which fulfills residence life goals and sets the spiritual tone by modeling servanthood. The Assistant Resident Director (ARD) assists the RD in accomplishing the residence life goals.
The Resident Assistant (RA) is usually a junior or senior level student whose primary responsibility is to serve students living on his/her floor/unit. The RA is expected to assist students, facilitate programming, be a source of information, maintain an atmosphere conducive to a healthy lifestyle and enforce community standards. The RA is selected by demonstrating a desire to serve and has received extensive training from Student Development. The RA will continue to receive training throughout the academic year.