University Residences

University Residences

Residence Life

"I have learned more about myself and the person I want to become in the future by living with new people and building relationships with them." – Anonymous, 2011

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Residence Education Model Overview

Students learn and develop as a direct result of living in the residence halls. Important aspects of that learning and development are influenced by the intentional efforts of our staff, campus colleagues, and the students themselves. This document articulates the learning and development that University Residences tries to help every resident achieve.

University Residences Mission Statement

University Residences engages students in diverse and inclusive, healthy, safe and sustainable communities that foster academic success and personal growth.

Residence Life's Overarching Educational Goal

Residence Life's overarching educational goal is for students to learn about themselves and how to live and work with others.

Learning About Self

Students will examine and develop their personal identity.
  • Students will describe their strengths, interests, goals, beliefs, feelings, values, and experiences.
  • Students will articulate the unique aspects of their own social identity such as: race, class, gender, religion, etc.
  • Students will identify resources and develop techniques to achieve personal wellness and academic success.
  • Students will recognize when their decisions and actions are in line with their goals, values, and beliefs.

Learning About Others

Students will explore and respect the similarities and differences between themselves and others.
  • Students will describe the diversity of social identities, beliefs, and backgrounds present within their living community.
  • Students will recognize their assumptions and stereotypes about the social identities of others.

Learning About Relationships

Students will develop interpersonal skills to create and maintain healthy relationships with others.
  • Students will describe the attributes of a variety of healthy relationships (e.g. parents, faculty, roommates, and peers).
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication, social perspective taking, and conflict management skills.

Learning About Community

Students will explore their roles, responsibilities and the mutual impact within various communities.
  • Students will describe their roles in- and the attributes of- healthy communities.
  • Students will recognize how the decisions and actions of themselves and others impact them and their communities.

In the Residence Halls, we define community as

  • A group of people with something in common that unites them
  • A group of people who share a common space or interest
  • A place that focuses around people driven through diversity towards a common goal
  • Bonds that people create while living together
  • Boyers Principles for Community

We do this by engaging students in reflection in a variety of ways including: roommate conversations, community development, leadership opportunities, the conduct process, and intentional conversations with student staff.

See the complete REM document for more.


Contact Info

You can reach ResLife by email at reslife@wwu.edu or by phone at 360-650-2960.

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