About

The Office of Residential Life is committed to creating an environment where we advocate for self-expression and learning from our differences. We believe the foundation of an engaged community begins with enriching partnerships that are cultivated using the values of integrity, respect, excellence, and responsibility. We wholeheartedly embrace our diverse residential community and celebrate the unique identities among individuals.  These values are paramount in the selection and training of staff and the services our office provides.               

Our Staff consists of the Director of Residential Life, 3 Mid-Management central staff, 8 live-in staff and 2 Administrative Graduate Assistants. Our student staff consists of approximately100+ students in a variety of roles such as Community Service Advisors (CSA), Themed Living Advisors (TLA), Peer Mentors, and Desk Workers.

We are fortunate to have two faculty in residence as part of our Residential Life family, whose positions as live in staff provide co-curricular programs to our residents that enhance the academic mission
of the campus.

Mission

Our mission is to provide a learning environment that promotes the academic and personal development of our students.

Values

  • Community: A physical space, human interaction, and/or shared experience that develops respect for and dignity of all members

  • Academic Success: A commitment to our students’ intellectual academic achievements and their pursuits of life-long learning

  • Holistic Development: A consideration for the entirety of one’s experience, encompassing their intellectual, physical, and spiritual and emotional well being

  • Human Awareness and Diversity: An exploration of self and an understanding of one’s own diverse perspectives and identities, in relation to others and the global society

  • Responsibility: A choice that one makes to adhere to community standards while assuming accountability for their words and actions

5 Pillars of Community

  1. Sense of belonging
  2. Civil Mindedness
  3. Healthy, genuine interest in individuals and community
  4. Accountable to the whole and self
  5. Pride in SSU


Community Development

We recognize that community development starts with the individual, gaining a broader scope as one develops their sense of self, their purpose in their home community, to gradually extending to the general SSU campus community. The general SSU community consists of both on and off campus partners (and neighbors).


Community Building

  1. Shared Experiences: Programs, events, door decorations, building meetings
  2. Community Standards: 1-on-1s, suite mate agreements, conversations about community standards, and accountability
  3. Connections with Shared Interests: Connecting students to other people/resources/opportunities based on knowledge about similar interests
  4. Present and Engaged Staff: Being “visible” and actively approachable to community
  5. Empowering Residents: Encouraging residents to take ownership of their community through program planning, holding each accountable, and actively engaging in community

Committed to Diversity

Residential Life is committed to creating an environment where we advocate for self-expression and learning from our differences. We believe the foundation of an engaged community begins with enriching partnerships that are cultivated using the values of integrity, respect, excellence, and responsibility. We wholeheartedly embrace our diverse residential community and celebrate the unique identities among individuals.  These values are paramount in the selection and training of staff and the services our office provides. 

Residential Life organization chart

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