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Office of residential education housing

Office of Residential Education & Housing

Staff training, HR Staff training, etc


Current mission statement

Current Mission Statement

“The Office of Residential Education and Housing is dedicated to providing an environment for students that supports and enhances the academic mission of the university.

The goal is to offer a standard of living that is conducive to communities in which the following values are shared and celebrated: dignity, equity, integrity, communication, learning, and personal wellness. A healthy living environment where students will learn about themselves and one another is promoted.”


Mission statement broken down

Mission Statement—broken down

  • We “support and enhance the school’s mission statement”

    1. We help students become:

    • Autonomous thinkers

    • Discerning moral agents

    • Active citizens of a democratic society


Definitions and directions

Definitions and Directions

  • Autonomous thinker: “does not base his ideas on those of other people. He or she is completely free-thinking and follows the rules that he or she choses for him or her self.”

    • How does it apply to you?

    • How does it apply to your role as an RA/HR?

    • What are a few examples/situations


Definitions and directions1

Definitions and Directions

  • Discerning Moral Agent: “a being who is capable of acting with reference to right and wrong & shows keen insight in a variety of situations.”

    • How does it apply to you?

    • How does it apply to your role as an RA/HR?

    • What are a few examples/situations


Definitions and directions2

Definitions and Directions

  • Active Citizen of a democratic society: “are young, empowered leaders who bring positive change in their communities through constructive social action of which supports democratic cooperation”

    • How does it apply to you?

    • How does it apply to your role as an RA/HR?

    • What are a few examples/situations


Words to the works

Words to the Works

  • How can you as an RA/HR “inspire & educate” your residents to become autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents, & active citizens of a democratic society?

    • Programs

    • Being a role model

    • CDAs


Mission statement broken down1

Mission Statement—broken down

  • We “support and enhance the school’s mission statement”

    2. We engage students in the liberal arts which:

    • Fosters self determination

    • Reveals the power of education


Engaging students in education

Engaging students in Education

  • What is special about a liberal arts education?

    “A liberal education is also a preparation for the rest of life. The subjects that undergraduates study and, as importantly, the skills and habits of mind they acquire in the process, shape the lives they will lead after they leave the academy.

    Some of our students will go on to become academics; many will become physicians, lawyers, and businesspeople. All of them will be citizens, whether of the United States or another country, and as such will be helping to make decisions that may affect the lives of others.

    All of them will engage with forces of change — cultural, religious, political, demographic, technological, planetary. All of them will have to assess empirical claims, interpret cultural expressions, and confront ethical dilemmas in their personal and professional lives. A liberal education gives students the tools to face these challenges in an informed and thoughtful way.”


So that means

So that means…

  • Denison University encourages students to be dynamic!

    • Academically

    • Socially

    • Self-discovery

    • Culturally

    • EcoFriendly

    • Politically Aware

    • Etc


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Engaging Students in Education

  • As RA/HRs we must:

    • reveal the benefits of a liberal arts education

    • Expose our residents to all the opportunities our school has to offer

      ……..Thus fostering “self-determination” and revealing the “transformative power of education”

  • What are ways we can do this?

    • Write down 10 examples


Mission statement broken down2

Mission Statement—broken down

  • We “support and enhance the school’s mission statement”

    3.We encourage:

    • Rational choice

    • Human dignity

    • Compassion

      • Unlimited by cultural, racial, sexual, religious, or economic barriers


Breaking down barriers definitions

Breaking Down Barriers:Definitions

  • Rational Choice: making prudent and logical decisions that provide an individual with the greatest benefit or satisfaction and that are in their highest self-interest.

    • How does it apply to you?

    • How does it apply to your role as an RA/HR?

    • What are a few examples/situations


Breaking down barriers definitions1

Breaking Down Barriers:Definitions

  • Human Dignity: The intrinsic worth that inheres in every human being.

    • How does it apply to you?

    • How does it apply to your role as an RA/HR?

    • What are a few examples/situations


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Breaking Down Barriers:Definitions

  • Compassion: “sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it”

    • How does it apply to you?

    • How does it apply to your role as an RA/HR?

    • What are a few examples/situations


Words to works main goals

Words to Works—Main Goals

  • “Residential Life seeks to advance the academic mission of Denison University by providing programs and services to the campus community that:

    • encourage intellectual curiosity

    • challenge personal values

    • celebrate individual differences

    • promote civic responsibility.”


Current mission statement 1 more time

Current Mission Statement:1 more time

“The Office of Residential Education and Housing is dedicated to providing an environment for students that supports and enhances the academic mission of the university.

The goal is to offer a standard of living that is conducive to communities in which the following values are shared and celebrated: dignity, equity, integrity, communication, learning, and personal wellness. A healthy living environment where students will learn about themselves and one another is promoted.”


Residential life values

Residential Life:Values

Dignity

Equity

Integrity

Communication

Learning

Wellness


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Residential Life:Values

The inherent worth of individuals is respected; students and staff will treat each other with dignity and respect.

Equity is a core value of the Office of Campus & Residential Life; students and staff will interact with others in a manner that is fair and just.

Integrity is essential to establishing trust across the community; students and staff will be models of engaged citizenship which calls others to be personally accountable for their actions.

Communication is marked by the values espoused by the institutional and divisional missions; students and staff will be clear, appropriate, and direct in their interactions with others.


Residential life values2

Residential Life:Values

Individual growth, development, and learning are fundamental; students and staff will create a welcoming, safe environment that is conducive to the educational mission of Denison University.

Personal wellness is an inherent right of all individuals; students and staff will respect the emotional, spiritual, mental, academic, and physical well being of self and others.

Meaningful leisure activities are a fundamental aspect of learning; students and staff will be encouraged to seek opportunities for recreation and fun.


Applying values

Applying Values

  • In what ways are these values incorporated in:

    • Programing

    • Community hours

    • CDAs

    • Staff Meetings

    • Training

    • On Call Duties

    • Individual Meetings

    • Committee Duties


Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • The residential experience will contribute to:

    • 1. an individual’s capacity for cultivating positive relationships

    • 2. an individual’s acknowledgment, development, and demonstration of civic responsibility

    • 3. an individual’s ability to critically evaluate personal beliefs and values

    • 4. an individual’s development of an appreciation for human difference

    • 5. the recognition of one’s ability to influence positive change within a community

    • 6. students’ academic aspirations and degree goals


Learning outcomes summary

Learning Outcomes—Summary

  • 1. Relationships

    • With their roommates, their floor, their hall, their quad

  • 2. Civic Responsibility

    • Accountability

    • Respecting the rules of their community and of DU

    • Caring for one another (e.g. medical amnesty)

  • 3. Self Discovery

    • Reflecting on who they are, what they stand for, what their goals are


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Learning Outcomes—Summary

  • 4. Diversity

    • Being open to and learning about different cultures, ideals, beliefs, values, appearances, abilities and thoughts

  • 5. Being the Change

    • Realizing their own ability to effect the people and communities around them

    • Discovering their inner leadership qualities

  • 6. Education

    • How they best learn

    • What they are interested in

    • What they want their liberal arts experience to be, their major, etc

    • How their liberal arts experience will apply to their life after graduation


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