Mission & Core Philosophies
Our mission in 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.
Our Core Philosophies
It is important that we share who we are as an organization including the tangible ways we work towards building inclusive communities.
We are committed to creating just and inclusive communities in our halls and amongst our staff as verbalized in the Living at Michigan Credo. This is realized in various ways such as the Professional and Student Social Justice classes, the Diversity Peer Educator Program, participation in a variety of workshops, 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 certain programming requirements, the CDM is an assessment based model guided by intentional/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.
The University of Michigan has a Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Statement) and the Community Living Standards (CLS) in place in regards to students behavior. Even with these in place, conflicts will occur in our residence hall community. Though challenging, these conflicts present an opportunity for learning, in keeping with University Housing’s mission. The special environment of residence halls allows the Housing community to take advantage of this opportunity. When working to resolve conflicts within the community, we promote the balanced participation of all parties involved. Restorative justice represents a philosophy and a process that acknowledges that when a person does harm, it affects the person(s) they hurt, the community, and themselves. When using restorative justice measures, an attempt is made to repair the harm caused by one person to another and to the community so that order is restored as best as possible for everyone.
Hall Directors and Community Center Managers supervise the student residence staff. As supervisors, they spend most of their time supervising very bright, self-motivated, and passionate students who make-up our residence staff teams. Their role as supervisors is to be educators and coaches who build relationships with supervisees in order to support their professional and personal growth. Supervisors build staff communities and role model the ResEd core philosophies for students while being transparent that the shared vision and collaboration between student and professional staff leads to accomplishing the departmental goals.
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