Welcome to Residence Education
The mission of Residence Education is to foster the academic, cultural, intellectual, personal and social development of students living in the residence halls, while encouraging and supporting one another's development. We work in partnership to continually improve our services and create a safe, inclusive and multicultural residence hall community.
Over 9600 students come to live with us in our 15 residence halls and apartments. We have 57 full-time employees and 360 residence staff members who work hard to make our residence halls a thriving community!
Everything we do in Residence Education is rooted in our core philosophies. Talk to any of our professional staff for just a moment and you'll discover that our commitment to these principles is real and that they guide us in our everyday effort to build community. Below, find some of the key ideas that make us who we are. If you're as excited about community as we are and want to join the Michigan team, you can learn more indepth information about our philosophies.
We are dedicated to creating just and inclusive communities in our halls and amongst our staff. This is realized in various ways such as our Professional and Student Social Justice classes, the Diversity Peer Educator/Assistant Program, participation in U-M's "Day of CHANGE" program, and our work towards creating a campus climate that is open, respectful and welcoming to students and staff of all social identities.
Our Community Development Model (CDM) is our primary tool used by professional and student staff to co-create positive, inclusive communities. Unlike some models which are driven by numbers and programming requirements, the CDM is an assessment-based model guided by two-week plans and supervision. The tenants of the CDM are:
- Get to know every resident very well;
- Assist residents in getting to know each other;
- Assess the needs of the community;
- Develop activities to address the needs that have been identified; and
- Assist residents in taking/sharing ownership for their community.
At Michigan, we believe student conflicts present an opportunity for learning, and the special environment of a residence community allows us to take advantage of that opportunity. That's why, when working to resolve conflicts, we begin first by inviting all parties involved to participate. We call this "restorative justice," a philosophy that acknowledges that when a person does harm, it affects the person(s) they hurt, the community and themselves. So instead of a punitive measure, we look for ways to repair the harm caused by one person to another and to the community, with the goal of restoring order in the best way possible for everyone.
As supervisors in Residence Education most of our time is spent supervising very bright, self-motivated and passionate student staff. Our role is to be educators and coaches, going beyond the "boss" role to build relationships with the staff we supervise, and to support their professional and personal growth. Learn more about our supervisory principles and philosophies.
Join Us in Ann Arbor
Naturally, we think Ann Arbor is an incredible place to do our work in Residence Education. And we're not alone. The New York Times calls us "the ultimate college town," raving about our "urban sophistication" and our "mix of restaurants, bars, boutiques, art-house movie theatres, and world-class art museums." Both Popular Science and Country Home magazine named Ann Arbor one of the "greenest" places in America. Our stages and concert halls attract a stunning array of musical talents, and in the summer the streets are transformed by not just one but four art fairs.
Interested in visiting? Ann Arbor is a college town that's very easy to get to and the perfect launch pad for trips. Detroit and Canada are short jaunts by car. Michigan's glorious Great Lakes are only a few hours away. And with Detroit International Airport less than a half-hour's drive, you can wake up in Ann Arbor and be in New York by lunch, never leaving the Eastern Time Zone.
The Michigan Difference
For more about our professional staff positions and what Michigan can offer you, read about our leadership team.