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Office of Residence Life
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University of Delaware

Office of Residence Life


2008
-
2009
Program

Plan

With the exception of the floor and building meetings held at opening, all
activities

detai
led in this plan are attendance
-
optional
.


Introduction


Upon the first day of hall opening,

students will encounter Arrival Survival Teams and will meet a welcoming resident assistant (RA) staff as they pick up keys,
activity and event information, orientation materials, safety information, and get an early opportunity to join hall governme
nt. O
n their floor, the student will see a
set of information boards with tips, staff contact information, welcome signs on their door, and the RA’s best effort to deco
rate floor public areas in an informative
and welcoming fashion. Technology staff will work t
o get all students hooked in to the electronic campus. Connections with parents will be established through a


residence hall meeting
.

S
tudents will be introduced to University policies. Safety and security guidelines will be reviewed and discussed. From

the outset, students
will be encouraged to get to know their neighbors, have fun, and make good choices as they begin their lives as college stude
nts. After the first “meet and greet”
activity as a floor, the RA will invite students to attend one of sever
al first
-
week evening activities designed to welcome all to campus. This is simply day one in
the residence halls at UD.


Residence hall operations are carried out 24 hours a day during the academic semesters and these operations are comprehensive

and mu
lti
-
faceted in serving the
needs of the University’s
more than 7,3
00 resident undergraduate students. Hundreds, if not thousands, of social and fun activities take place in the residence hall
s
every year. Some of these are as simple as visiting with the R
A in the lounge


some require far greater planning. They are all part of an integrated whole that
makes up student life in the residence halls. During the time that they are occupied by our students, our residence halls ar
e our students’ homes. They ar
e the
places students return to after a long day of class and where they come for sleep, comfort, solace, relaxation, and fun. The

Residence Life staff at the University of
Delaware strives on a daily basis to provide residential environments for students

that are safe, comfortable, and exciting and allow them to concentrate on being
stu
dents. Resident Assistants

and Hall Directors (HDs) provide a level of service to students that assist them as they transition from high school to colle
ge and
from one year

to the next.

They help students struggling with challenges and connect them with the resources they need to be successful at our Universit
y. In
addition to that, the residence halls provide a rich environment for learning. The Residence Life program p
lan is designed to enrich that environment. Even so, the
program described in this document represents only one aspect of Residence Life activities and accounts for less than one thi
rd of
an RA’s
responsibilities.
Appendix 1

on page 4
2

of

this document de
scribes the other two thirds.

The Residence Life Program Plan will
also
provide students with opportunities to explore issues of environmental sustainability that are relevant to residence hall
living. Examples of topics include recycling, transportation,

and water and electricity usage. Students will be invited to learn about and contribute to the University’s
commitment to reducing its resource and environmental footprint, as described in the recent Strategic Planning Report, and re
iterated by President
Harker’s
signing of both the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and The Talloires Declaration on April 23,
2008.



Program Goals

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The Residen
ce

Life program
encourage
s students

to become engaged and active citizens
on campus
by
understanding how their thoughts, values, beliefs, and
actions affect the people with whom they live and by recognizing their
citizenship
responsibilit
ies
.
Exploring concepts of citizenship is a meaningless activity i
n
the residence halls in
the
absence of solid strategies for the development of residential communities. A major premise for the citizenship priority stem
s from the
idea that students have significant opportunities for peer dialogue and idea exchange in th
e residence hall setting.
P
eer interaction is not only one of the most
significant determinants of student satisfaction, but a powerful influence in overall student success in college. Establishin
g a healthy and engaging community is a
pre
-
requisite to any

exploration of citizenship. Reaching out to
students and encouraging them to share their

unique perspective
s

with others is also foundational.
S
ocial activities, serious discourse, and general feelings of belongingness are

all
related to the overall sense

of community. The result of efforts by Residence Life
staff should be the development of strong student
-
to
-
student connections

and the creation of healthy and positive communities
.


In order to develop program goals in a meaningful manner, significant li
mitations were considered. The value of putting our energies towards a limited number of
program goals in order to do them well
,

rather than do many poorly
,

was in our minds as we crafted this proposal. Most importantly, these program goals have
been draft
ed through a serious exploration of the University of Delaware
’s

educational priorities.

A listing of the structural considerations are offered below.


Structural Considerations:


The formulation of program goals for
the
res
idence halls
began with a seri
es of structural design characteristics and assumptions:

1.

The plan is to be

tied to the
educational

aims of the University of Delaware as articulated by the
current

S
trategic

P
lanning process, the
General Education
Goals of the University of Delaware
, and t
he University of Delaware Mission
Statement
. They are

thus “distinctly UD” in nature.

2.

The plan is

to be informed by programmatic goals and student learning outcomes established by the First Year Experience Committee in the
fall of 2007.

3.

Students will no
t face penalties, perceived or real, for failing to engage in residential
activities and programs
. Staff and students will be aware that no
activity in the residence halls is mandatory.

4.

A
ctivities and programs are to be reflective in nature with an emphasi
s on the student’s own meaning making process.

5.

The unique physical design and social dynamics inherent in residence halls are to be heavily considered in the development of

activities
.

6.

The
program

plan designed and implemented by the Office of Residence L
ife should be transparent and copies of it readily available whenever requested.


Proposed 2008
-
2009 Program Goals:


Working with the FYE Office, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, and other UD entities that support an institutional approac
h to an integr
ated first year
experience, Residence Life will strive to provide
learning
opportunities to students
that

contribute to the achievement of the FYE student learning outcomes.
To
that end, several of the program goals listed below (numbers 1, 3, 4, & 5) wer
e derived from the recently revised FYE program goals and student learning
outcomes.
The Residence Life program will provide opportunities for students to:


1.

Explore their personal skills, values, traits, and attitudes.



2.

Recognize how history, background
& culture affect one’s
perspectives
.


3.

Analyze the impact of their actions within the context of their daily lives and the democratic processes that take place in t
he residence halls.


4.

Understand their own and others’ concepts of justice
.



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5.

Develop a person
al and career plan that considers their contributions to society.


6.

Learn to articulate their point of view while respectfully engaging in dialogue
s about different

ideas.


7.

Explore the connections that exist between
the concepts of

environmental

sustainabil
ity, personal choice,
community, and citizenship.





Proposed
Activities

-

First
-
Year Residence Hall
Areas


This First
-
Year residential plan will be implemented where first
-
year students live including Rodney, Dickinson, Russell, and Independence Complex.

This plan
was developed in an effort to
support

the educational and social needs of the first
-
year students living on
-
campus. We have created a
series

of
activities

that
promote

interaction, prompt
self
-
reflection
, and facilitate the building of a
community through exploration of citizenship. The programs will not only
support

the
individual needs of students and floor communities, but will also build connection among students across all first year compl
exes. It should be noted, that
participat
ion in all activities is entirely
optional
.



Residence Life staff members in first
-
year areas strive to provide students with the skills and resources they need to transition from high school to college. Coll
ege
serves as a period of critical personal and

identity development.


Cornerstones of the First
-
Year
Program

Plan
:


Resident Assistant (RA) and Resident Relationship
:

The RA
-
r
esident relationship
can be

critical to the success of a first
-
year student.

A series of
optional
RA conversations are includ
ed as part of the plan to help
stimulate this important relationship.


Community of Stakeholders:

For our purposes a stakeholder is defined as
a person or group who can affect or is affected by
actions in the halls.
We believe that students are members
o
f multiple communities. In

each

of these communities,
we hope
students

will analyze both their responsibilities and the benefits of community
membership.


Floor meetings will provide opportunities for students to explore these issues.


Floor Meeting Seri
es:


The floor meeting series
offered in the
first
-
y
ear areas will

include discussions of
environmental

sustainability and provide students with opportunities to explore the
relevance of sustainability to their lives as UD students.



Personal Development
Series:

Through this monthly program series, students will be offered opportunities for personal and individual development. The spe
cifics of this series will be
developed based on assessment by building staff and student input.

Complex Community Council
(CCC) Structure:

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As in the past, CCCs will be
student
-
governing bodies that will make meaningful decisions about what occurs in their living environment and the types of
opportunities
students

in the complex

have available to them.

While some CCC activiti
es are articulated in this plan, many will be determined throughout the year
by the students residing in the residential complex.


A Vibrant and Engaged Campus
:

The University of Delaware is an active
campus with learning opportunities around every corner.

In order to support and take advantage of these
opportunities,
the
program

plan

articulates
,

under the heading “Campus Resource Connections,

how RAs and HDs will inform and encourage
student

attendance and participation

in campus events.


Current & Rel
evant:


The
programs and activities

in this plan are designed to anticipate and react to what is occurring in the local, national and global landscape. Our stude
nts will have
the opportunity to participate in dialogues attuned to real world problems and is
sues.
Traditional Residence Hall Activities:

While the task
at hand is the development of a

program

plan, the Office of Residence Life coordinates the following activities. Some of these are mentioned in the
plan that follows in an effort to illustrat
e the breadth of staff activities.



Welcoming floor environments
-

door decorations, bulletin boards, lounge decorations, advertising of campus events, birthday boards, etc.



Floor dinners, study breaks and stress relievers



Facilitation of roommate and commu
nity agreements



Mediation of student conflicts



Programs related to health education and wellness



Holiday parties and floor decorating contests



Leadership opportunities through hall governments and special interest communities



Talent and art shows/contests



Intramural athletics and tournaments (dodge ball, volleyball, Frisbee, soccer, field days, etc.)



Video game tournaments and traditional game nights



Activities co
-
sponsored with dining services



Monthly resident recognition activities with the National Resid
ence Hall Honorary



Service projects (book drives, food drives, volunteering, other fundraising)



Recycling efforts


For a full description of how Residence Life activities and programs will be assessed, see
Appendix
2
on page 4
4
.


The program plan that foll
ows has many similarities to residence life programs across the country. See
Appendix
3

o
n page 46

for examples of the variety and
types of programs being offered elsewhere
.

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August/September




Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Acad
emics

Programs

Personal Development Series

This program series

will be developed based on assessment by building staff and
student input
. Topics

may include
t
i
me management, transition, home
-
sickness, test
taking skills, budgeting, exercise and nutrition
, body image, stress management,

conflict resolution,
negotiating new roles with parents, hygiene.

1, 3, & 5


The Many Perspectives on
Environmental
Sustainability

A campus
-
wide p
rogram with faculty which will provide students with the opportunity
to
le
arn about different perspectives and insights related to

environmental
sustainability
.
Faculty representation will
include those f
rom disciplines such as
business and economics, sociology, political science, and environmental sciences.

UD’s

Sustainability Task Force will be asked to help develop this program.

Break
-
out group conversations on specific topics will follow the event for students seeking
additional information

and discussion
.

2, 4, 6, & 7


Campus Safety

Community Police Office
rs
:
Provide information about campus safety and University
programs.
(building
-
staff)

3 & 7


Individual Consumption
Introduction

Students will be introduced to the concept of individual
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1
st

Night Activities

RAs
will take residents to a series of activities that help them become acclimated to the
campus culture and community.



Floor Meeting
s

Building Meeting

HDs/CCs introduce learning

oppo
rtunities

for the year, present
info.
about residence
hall policies, student code of conduct expectations, CCC recruitment, and
introduce
RAs. (building
-
staff)

3 & 7


Opening Day Floor Meeting

Introduction of community members

and
discussions about comm
unity expectations
.
Facilitate

community team builders to establish connections among residents
.


R
emind
residents about Alcohol EDU.

(floor
-
RA)

2,

3, 6 & 7


Community

Meeting

All floor residents will be able to engage in activities to discuss individual

goals,
expectations, and visions for the floor community. The group negotiates among
individual expectations to develop a mutually agreed
-
upon statement of community
standards and a set of goals for the year. (floor
-
RA)

1,

3,

6, & 7


RA
Conversations

In
dividual & Mutual Goal Setting

RA
s

will
offer to
meet with
individuals and or
roommates to
help them
discuss their
visions for the community.
R
esidents will
have a chance to discuss
their individual and
mutual goals, as well as set the groundwork for a rel
ationship with their RA.
(floor
-
RA)

1, 2, 3,

5,

6 &
7

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Office of Residence Life
6


Bulletin Boards

CCC Structure and Info

Visual display of CCC

(residence hall government)

structure and election information.

3


Floor Visuals

Floor visuals to announce
programs and
activities and

create a welcoming environment
for community members.

7


Latin American Heritage Month

Information about the Latin American community in the United States.

2


Student Leadership Opportunities

I
nformation about the different leadership opportunities

available on campus and
around the city of Newark.


3


National Campus Fire Safety
Month

I
nformation from the Office of Occupational Health & Safety about campus fire safety.

3


Study Tips

A
cademic tips
,

such as note taking skills and how to study f
or exams.

3 & 5

X

Goal Setting

R
ecommendation on how to set achievable and measurable goals.

3 & 5

X

Compelling Q
u
estion:
Presidential Elections

Interactive b
u
lletin board on which residents can post their answers to the following
q
u
estion, “Who are y
o
u

voting for and why?”

2, 3, & 6


Celebrate Your Successes

Ongoing floor visual: Students can post representations of their achievement of an
academic goal for
the month (RAs have certificate
template).

1

X

”Have you considered this?”

Monthly
environm
ental
sustainability tips and/or questions

3 & 7


Complex
Com
munity
Council (CCC)
Initiative
s

Recruitment & Training

& A
Constitution Day Event

Complex

staff will focus on recruitment and election of students to participate in a
student run governing body
. These processes will duplicate democratic processes
currently used in the US to select elected officials and craft constitutions. The
recruitment and election process will include elements such as debates, caucuses, and
training for student leaders
. (b
uilding
-
staff)

1, 2, & 3


Student Leader Initiatives

On
-
going events initiated, planned, and organized by CCC student leaders. (complex
-
students)



New Castle County Department
of Elections


The residence halls will hold their own “election day
.”

The
residence hall staff will
attempt to work with the

Delaware Election Commissioner to provide students the
opportunity to elect their Complex Government officials in the same manner they
would participate in U.S. electoral processes, while also encouraging
students to
register to vote.

(complex
-
staff)

2 & 3


Campus
Resource
Connection


Student Activities Night

RAs
will take their floor community to the Student Activities
Night. Students will be

i
ntroduced to the wealth of co
-
curricular opportunities availab
le on campus.

(floor
-
RA)

1


Latin
o

Heritage Month

Staff members
will advertise
campus
-
wide Latino
Heritage Month events.

(building
-
staff)

1 & 2


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Other


Operational Processes


Work to meet the general safety, security, and personal needs of students.
T
ypical
issues during this time are campus familiarization, academic environment adjustment,
homesickness, room
m
ate conflicts, test anxiety, balancing social and academic
responsibilities, first parties, long distance or new relationships, and establishing
study
habits
. (all areas
-
all staff)

Administrative processes: early check
-
in, general check
-
in, opening,

fire drills,
mail/packages, keys, duty rounds, office hours, etc.


3



Office of Residence Life
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October



Title

Description

Program Goals

Connection

Support for
Academic
s

Programs

Personal Development Series

This program series

will be developed based on assessment by building staff and
student input
. Topics

may include
t
i
me management, transition, home
-
sickness, test
taking skills, budgeting, exercise and nutrition, bo
dy image, stress management,

conflict resolution,
negotiating new roles with parents, hygiene.

1, 3, & 5


Code of Conduct Chat & Chew

P
rovide Q&A session about the Code of Conduct/behavior expectations

facilitated by
GA for Community Standards and Compl
ex Coordinators. (building
-
staff, GA)

4


Social Events

Freshman Field Day

1
st

year students will gather to participate in a variety of
engaging
activities

and
contests
.

(complex
-
staff)



Floor Meeting

October Floor Meeting

-
Alcohol EDU follow up and com
munity development activities.

-
Residents will be asked to bring one of their favorite material possessions to floor
meeting and will have the opportunity to discuss what it means to them and then
explore with their floor mates issues related to
environme
ntal
sustainability and their
selected item. (floor
-
RA)

1, 2, 6 & 7


RA
Conversations

Individual & Mutual Goal Setting
(Cont.)

Students will have the opportunity to discuss the progress of their room/suite /cluster
goals. RAs can provide resources to stu
dents and respond to roommate conflicts that
may be surfacing. (floor
-
RA)

1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7


Bulletin Boards

National Collegiate Alcohol
Awareness

I
nformation on
the individ
u
al & comm
u
nity impact
of binge drinking
.

3


Citizen
s

of the Month

Monthly rec
ognition of residents who make positive contributions to the community.

1,3, & 7


Compelling Question:
Defining
Love

Interactive bulletin board o
n which residents
can post their response to the following
q
u
estion, “How do yo
u

define love?”

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CCC Initiatives

Student Leader Initiatives

On
-
going events initiated, planned, and organized by CCC student leaders. (complex
-
students)



Halloween Eve
nts


A
variety of events hosted by CCC to celebrate Halloween
.

(complex
-
students)



Other

Operational Processes

Student conduct

conversations, keys/cards, triples assistance, room changes, fire drills,
mail/packages, duty rounds, office hours (RA & HD),
crisis response, etc.
(all areas
-
all staff)

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Office of Residence Life
10

November



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Academics

Programs

What Matters?

This self
-
reflection activity will allow students the opportunity to explore and examine
a vari
ety of things that they value (places, people, memories, goals, etc.). This
exploration process, and subsequent discussion with peers, will help them explore
motivatio
ns for their own and their peer
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-
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Office of Residence Life
11

Campus Resource
Connection

IT User Services: Virtual
Citizen Series



With the help of the Office of Information Technologies, each building staff will
explore what it means

to be a citizen
through

the lens of technology. Students will
have the opportunity to explore ways

to become a good citizen th
rough social
networking sites, responsible computing, legal downloading and sharing practices.
They will also be educated on the
broad and specific consequences of their cyber
actions.

(building
-
staff)

3, 4, & 7

X

Career Services Series

In

partnership with the Bank of America Career Services Center and the Center for
Counseling and Student Development
,

this series is de
signed to
inform students about
available
services
. (building
-
staff)

1 & 5


CCC Initiatives

Student Leader Initiatives

On
-
going events initiated, planned, and organized by CCC student leaders. (complex
-
students)



Other

Operational Processes

Work to meet the gen
eral safety, security, and personal needs of students. (all areas
-
all
staff)

Administrative p
rocesses
: room changes,

fire drills, mail/packages,
keys,
duty rounds,
office hours
, etc.

3










Office of Residence Life
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December



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Sup
port for
Academics

Programs

End of Semester Donation
Drives

C
ollection of clothes and non
-
perishable foods for donation to various charitable
organizations.
(building
-
staff)

2 & 7


Personal Development Series

This program series

will be developed based

on assessment by building staff and
student input
. Topics

may include
t
i
me management, transition, home
-
sickness, test
taking skills, budgeting, exercise and nutrition, body image, stress management,

conflict resolution,
negotiating new roles with parent
s, hygiene.

1, 3, & 5


Consumer Decision
-
Making

This program will provide students with opportunities to learn about
environmental

sustainability issues related to retail stores.
Guest speakers and faculty members will
be involved in the planning and f
acilitation
.

(complex
-
staff)

7


Social Events

Study Breaks / Stress Relievers

E
ach building will host an event during
f
inals week to help students take a brief break
from studying
. (building
-
staff)


X

Floor Meeting

End of the Semester Meeting

RAs
provi
de information about
the
process and procedure for semester closing.
RAs
will also provide information about the open room change period
. (floor
-
RA)

3


RA Conversations

General Follow Up

RAs will continue to build their relationships with students through

general
interactions
.
(floor
-
RA)

1, 2, & 3


Bulletin Boards

Closing Information

C
losing

and room change

information

posted on each floor.



Charity Options

Interactive bulletin board
on

which student
s

share their favorite charitable
organizations.

6
& 7


Finals Success Tips

I
nformation about how to prepare and study for final exams.

5

X


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-
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Office of Residence Life
13

January


Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Academics


Martin Luther K
ing Jr.

Day of Service

A number of service opportunities in the residential complex and surrounding
community will be available. In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service
Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service.

Instead of a
day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to
celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action.
(complex
-
staff)

2, 3, 6, & 7


Programs

Personal Development Series

This progr
am series

will be developed based on assessment by building staff and
student input
. Topics

may include
t
i
me management, transition, home
-
sickness, test
taking skills, budgeting, exercise and nutrition, body image, stress management,

conflict resolution,
negotiating new roles with parents, hygiene.

1, 3, & 5


Social Events

Winter Community
Connections

E
vents to build community for the few students that remain during winter session

(building
-
staff)



RA Conversations

General Follow Up

RA will seek out t
hose residents
enrolled in

winter session to further the sense of
connection with those students.
(floor
-
RA)

1, 2, & 3


Bulletin Boards

Closing Information

C
losing

and room change

information

posted on each floor.



Charity Options

Interactive bulleti
n board on
which student
s

share their favorite charitable
organizations.

3 & 7


Finals Success Tips

I
nformation about how to prepare and study for final exams.

5

X

Sustainable Vacationing

I
nformation about eco
-
friendly vacation locations and tips for t
raveling in a
n
environmentally friendly manner.

3 & 7


Alternative Spring Break

Information about service trip opportunities during the Spring Break period.

5


Other

Operational Processes

Work to meet the general safety, security, and personal needs
of students.

(all areas
-
all
staff)

3







Office of Residence Life
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February



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support
for
Academics

Programs

Freshman Year Philanthropy
Kick
-
off

Each complex will
initiate
a philanthropic endeavor
for
the spring semester. (complex
-
staff)

Rodney and Dickinson: Soap for Hope
(http://www.udel.edu/PR/UpDate/01/15/resident.html)

Russell and Independence: Heifer International (http://www.heifer.org/)

2, 4, & 7


Personal Development Series

This program series

will be developed based on

assessment by building staff and
student input
. Topics

may include
t
i
me management, transition, home
-
sickness, test
taking skills, budgeting, exercise and nutrition, body image, stress management,

conflict resolution,
negotiating new roles with parents,
hygiene.

1, 3, & 5


Social Events

Welcome Back Party

A welcome back party will be held in each complex for returning first
-
year students.
At each social event, information will be posted on walls and
event supplies

to inform
students of the economic and

environmental impact of the event

and items. (complex
-
staff)

7


Floor Meeting

Spring Opening Floor Meeting

RAs will r
evisit
the f
all
Community Agreements; orient new students; review policies,
alcohol issues, and safety guidelines; introduce new communit
y members;

welcome
students to
a
new semester
; and introduce

student
s

to Recyclemania and Relay for Life
initiatives.

(floor
-
RA)

3 & 7


Community Resource Tracking

Students will be introduced to a personal tracking inventory of their consumption
pattern
s. Floor members will be provided the current budgets for their floor, the
complex, and the Complex Community Council. They will have the opportunity to ask
questions, engage in conversations about how fiscally responsible they have been, and
discuss thei
r goals for the spring. (floor
-
RA)

3, 6, & 7


RA Conversations

Discovery Wheel

-
Students will have the opportunity to reconnect with their RA after the winter
semester.


-
Also, s
tudents will be given the opportunity to participate in the Discovery Wheel

process. The Discovery Wheel is a portion of the "Becoming a Master Student"
publication by Ellis (access rights will need to be addressed if approved). This self
-
evaluation tool allows for reflection on 12 areas including motivation, time
management, mem
ory, note taking, reading & testing,
diversity,
communication
strategies and skills. Following the computer based questionnaire, the student obtains
results in a visual chart and an additional set of goal questions are offered. Students will
get a chance t
o explore their visual chart with their peers. (floor
-
RA)

1 & 5


Office of Residence Life
15


Bulletin Boards

African American Heritage

Month

Information about the African American
heritage month activities.

2


Spring Semester Goals

Students may post their goals for the semest
er on the bulletin board

5

X

Living Options
:
On vs. Off
Campus Living

I
nformation about on
-

and off
-

campus living options
.

1 & 3


Citizens

of the Month

Monthly recognition of residents who make positive contributions to the community.

1, 3, & 7



Have
y
ou
c
onsidered

this?”


Recycling
:
Monthly sustainability tip and/or question
.

7


Student Leadership
Opportunities

Provide students with information about the different leadership opportunities available
on campus and around the city of Newark
.

3


Celebrate Your Successes

Ongoing floor visual: Students can post representations of their achievement of an
academic goal for
the month (RAs have certificate
template).

1

X

Compelling Q
uestion:
Presidential Priority

B
ulletin

board on which students can

post their
response to the following question,
“What should be the priority of the new President of the
United States


1 & 6


Campus Resource
Connection

Career Services Series

In

partnership with the Bank of America Career Services Center and the Center

for
Counseling and Student Development
,
this series is de
signed to inform students about
available
services
. (complex
-
staff)

1 & 5


Vagina Monologues

Staff will
advertise
the Vagina Monologues. (complex
-
staff)

2 & 4


Housing Fair

Staff will advertise

this event

(complex
-
staff)

3



African American Heritage
Month

Staff will advertise these

campus events (complex
-
staff)

1, 2, & 6


CCC Initiatives

Student Leader Initiatives

On
-
going events initiated, planned, and organized by CCC student leaders. (com
plex
-
students)



Freshman Spring
Semi
-
Formal


This event, co
-
sponsored by all first year Complex
Community Councils,
will give
students the
opportunity to
come together on a common initiative while providing a
safe social event for the campus.

Student g
roups will convene planning committees.
(complex
-
students, staff)



Other

Operational Processes

Work to meet the general safety, security, and personal needs of students. (all areas
-
all
staff)

Administrative processes:
Spring opening/check
-
in,
room chan
ges,

fire drills,
mail/packages, keys, duty rounds, office hours, etc.

3




Office of Residence Life
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March



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Academics

Programs

Freshman Year Philanthropy
(
continued
)

See February for description

2, 4, & 7


Personal D
evelopment Series

This program series

will be developed based on assessment by building staff and
student input
. Topics

may include
t
i
me management, transition, home
-
sickness, test
taking skills, budgeting, exercise and nutrition, body image, stress manag
ement,

conflict resolution,
negotiating new roles with parents, hygiene.

1, 3, & 5


Social Events

Room
m
ate Challenge

Students will have the opportunity to find out how much they know about their
roommate and floor mates while participating in a friendly

competition.
(complex
-
staff)



Floor Meeting

Recyclemania

RA
s
will provide information about closing for Spring Break
, emphasizing spring
break safety
. Residents will also discuss the upcoming campus wide initiatives around
Recyclemania.
(floor
-
RA)

1 &
7


RA Conversations

Discovery Wheel
(continued)

This conversation will be a continuation from February
. S
tudents will have the
opportunity to discuss

goals that may have been stimulated by the discovery wheel
activity. (floor
-
RA)

1 & 5


Bulletin Boards

W
omen's History Month

Information about
successes and challenges of women
nationally and globally.

2


Mid Term Study Tips

S
tudy tips for mid
-
term exams and finals.

3 & 5

X

IT User Services: Virtual
Citizen

I
nformation about the Virtual Citizen serie
s

3 & 7


Citizens

of the Month

Monthly recognition of residents who make positive contributions to the community.

1, 3, & 7


Celebrate Your Successes

Ongoing floor visual: Students can post representations of their achievement of an
academic goal for
the month (RAs have certificate
template).

1

X


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Office of Residence Life
17

convene planning committees. (campus
-
wide
-
student leaders)

Other

Operational Processes

Work to meet the general safety, s
ecurity, and personal needs of students. (all areas
-
all
staff)

Administrative processes: room changes,

fire drills, mail/packages, keys, duty rounds,
office hours, etc.


3













Office of Residence Life
18

April



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Ac
ademics

Programs

Dueling Documentaries
-

Environmental

Sustainability
Closing the Loop


Two documentaries will be shown; each
offering

a different perspective
on issues
related to
environmental

sustainability
. Students will have an opportunity to engage i
n
conversation
s

about
the issues
.
Faculty members from related disciplines will be
invited to
help select the films, plan the event,
and help to facilitate the
conversation.
(complex
-
staff)

2, 6, & 7

X

Personal Development Series

This program series

wil
l be developed based on assessment by building staff and
student input
. Topics

may include
t
i
me management, transition, home
-
sickness, test
taking skills, budgeting, exercise and nutrition, body image, stress management,

conflict resolution,
negotiating n
ew roles with parents, hygiene.

1, 3, & 5


Earth Day

E
vents to celebrate Earth Day
(building
-
staff)

2 & 7


Freshman Year Philanthropy
(
continued
)

See February for description

2, 4, & 7


Social Events

Around the World in 80
Minutes

S
tudents will exp
lore different countries by visiting the different buildings within each
complex. The continents that will be visited are: Africa, South America, Europe and
Asia.

Faculty members and RSOs will be asked to assist and participate
. (complex
-
staff)

2

X

Comp
lex Idol

S
tu
dents will compete in a complex
-
wide competition. Students will showcase a talent
and a cause of the student’s choosing.
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Campus Resource
Connection

Sexual Assault Awareness
Month

Staff will advertise

campus events

(complex
-
staff)

6 & 7


CCC Initiatives

Studen
t Leader Initiatives

On
-
going events initiated, planned, and organized by CCC student leaders. (complex
-
students)



Resapalooza (continued)

A
n outdoor festival held each
s
pring, sponsored by the Residence Student Association.
Each Complex
Community Coun
cil
participate
s

in the planning and execution of this
event and also to provide complex specific entertainment (booth).



Freshman
Semi
-
Formal

A campus
-
wide freshman semi
-
formal dance.

(campus
-
student leaders)



Other

Operational Processes

Work to me
et the general safety, security, and personal needs of students. (all areas
-
all
staff)

Administrative processes: room changes,

fire drills, mail/packages, keys, duty rounds,
office hours, etc.


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May



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Program
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Connecti
on

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Academics

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tudents can bring their unwanted items at the end of the year to trade with one
another. Unwanted items will be transported to UDon’t Need It Campaign site

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hours, etc.



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Proposed
Activities



Upper
-
Division Residence Hall Areas


The upper
-
division residence halls include Central, Christiana Towers, Gilbert/Harrington, James Smith Hall,
Ray Street, and the buildings currently under
construction on Laird Campus. Each of these areas includes a mix of approximately 4000 sophomore, junior, and senior students
. The upper
-
division halls have
unique characteristics and traditions resulting from
special programs such as Special Interest Housing, Upper
-
class Honors housing, and apartment
-
style living.
Naturally, the wider variety of options affects the programming for these areas.


The upper
-
division plan includes many activities and programs from

the first
-
year program designed to promote student interaction, attend to social needs (with a
special emphasis on transfer students), and generate opportunities for students to contribute to community life. The upper
-
division plan attempts to continue
re
flection and exploration of citizenship with students while also asking them to examine their undergraduate goals and take ad
vantage of the multiple ways the
University can help them achieve success.


While we attempt to offer multiple opportunities to st
udents who may be experiencing a “sophomore slump” in terms of clarifying goals and actions, we also
recognize the wealth of talent and skills in the student body; upper
-
division students are able to openly contribute to and share in leadership responsibil
ities within
group learning activities. Therefore, all
programs

are designed to give as much voice as possible to the students. Significant efforts are also made to partner with
faculty members and student leaders (both formal and informal) through residen
ce hall initiatives.


Repeating Themes in the Upper
-
Division
Program

Plan:


Resident Assistant (RA) and Resident Relationship
:

The RA
-
r
esident relationship can be critical to the success of a residence hall student. In the upper
-
division halls, the role c
an often move from one of support to a
partnering relationship. A series of optional RA conversations are included as part of the plan to help stimulate this import
ant relationship. Community floor
meetings, residence hall student government (CCC), and th
e promotion of campus events also continue to be priorities in the upper
-
division halls.


World Headlines:

Newspapers from across the globe will be examined on a monthly basis to extrapolate one major event. Four to six articles, re
presenting different p
erspectives, will
be posted in public spaces for students to review. We will collaborate with a faculty member possessing journalism expertise
as this project is developed.


UD:
Environmentally
Sustainably Staffed:

A member of the University of Delaware
community who is working on
environmental

sustainability initiatives will be identified and featured monthly (with
member permission). It is expected that many aspects of sustainability, visible in our local community (UD), will be featured

through this mo
nthly series.


Personal Development Series:

Through this monthly program series, students will be offered opportunities for personal and individual development. The spe
cifics of this series will be
developed based on assessment by building staff and stud
ent input.

Service Initiatives:

Four service projects and two philanthropy efforts will be coordinated in an effort to offer opportunities for students to ma
ke their own unique contributions to the
community.




Office of Residence Life
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Career Connections:

Most upper
-
division bui
ldi
ng staffs

will work in collaboration with the Bank of America Career Service Center and with the Center for Counseling and Student
Development to present information to students and
provide opportunities for students to get

connected
to

these services.



Monthly Posting:

A monthly posting will be crafted, with the participation of appropriate units, to offer information on major commemorative d
ates such as Latino Heritage Month,
African American Heritage Month, World AIDS day, and others. The monthly po
sting will also provide students with a listing of activities, events, and campus
lectures should they wish to explore the topic further.


Office of Residence Life
24

August/September



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Academics

Programs

Welcome Newsletter

This newsletter will introduce students to the residential complex and will be
distributed to student rooms prior to fall move
-
in. (complex
-
staff)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
& 7


Personal Development Series

This program series will be developed based on assessm
ent by building staff and
student input. Topics may include stress management, conflict resolution, exercise and
nutrition, body image, healthy relationships, off campus living skills, financial
responsibility, and group dynamics.

1, 3, & 5


Career Conn
ections

On a monthly basis each complex, in collaboration with the Career Services Center,
will provide opportunities to student to explore career related topics which may include
the interview skills, new professional etiquette, returning home,
and
alumni

speakers.

1, 5, & 7


The Many Perspectives on
Environmental

Sustainability

A campus
-
wide p
rogram with faculty which will provide students with the opportunity
to
learn about different perspectives and insights related to
environmental

sustainability.
F
aculty representation will be sought from disciplines such as
business and economics, sociology, political science, and environmental sciences.

UD’s Sustainability Task Force will be asked to help develop this program.

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Initial Meeting

RAs will introduce themselves to each resident on their floor, welcome him/her to the
floor community, and

answer any opening
-
day questions. This initial connection is also
purposeful for the RA to show their availability to students. (floor
-
RA)



RA
Conversations

Goal Setting

Building on the September floor meeting, this optional RA
-
student dialogue lays the

foundation for a mutually beneficial relationship. Moreover, the conversation allows
the student to construct and verbalize his/her personal and career goals while
considering strategies to achieve those goals. (floor
-
RA)

1, 5



Roommate Agreements

Those

students opting to complete a roommate agreement will be able to develop
strategies for respectful conversation and coexistence. Student pairs will also be
encouraged to choose a
environmentally
sustainable goal and hold one another
accountable for the ac
hievement of that goal over the course of the semester.
(roommate pairs
-
RA)

2, 6, 7


Bulletin Boards

Floor Vision

A statement created by each RA communicating the living
-
learning environment he/she
hopes to cultivate in conjunction with the floor communit
y. This vision sets the stage
for the October stakeholder agreement by introducing the role each student could play
on the floor.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
&
7


Welcoming Messages

RAs will be responsible for creative a visually appealing floor environment that
welcomes students to their community. These include door decorations, welcome back
banners, and other thematic visuals.



Campus & Sustainability
Resources

RAs will create a visual display of campus resources and
environmentally
sustainable
resources at

UD.

7

X

National Campus Fire Safety
Month

Each building will have a bulletin board detailing fire safety facts.

3


Learning Outcomes Introduction

A floor bulletin board introducing the seven learning outcomes will serve as a
complimentary element to
the floor vision, opening building meeting, and welcome
newsletter.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
&
7


Leadership Opportunities

This bulletin board shows the connections between the September floor meeting and
specific leadership opportunities available within the
complex and across campus.

1


UD:
Environmentally
Sustainably
Staffed

A bulletin board will highlight a university employee and their contributions to a
n

environmentally
sustainable society through their chosen vocation. This is meant to
provide an examp
le of the connections that exist between sustainable decision making,
a community, and citizenship.

7


Complex
Community
Council (CCC)
Initiative s

Recruitment

Students will be introduced to leadership opportunities within the complex though an
informati
onal recruitment campaign. Students expressing interest will be able to
publicize their candidacy, develop a platform, and solicit votes from other students
within the complex. Students will also be able to complete a survey on the importance
of voting; th
e results of which will be posted on complex websites.

1, 3


Student Leader Training (Ray St.)

Special interest housing leaders’ orientation, team building, training, and goal setting.

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Simultaneously, working with a faculty member (Ed Freel)
, information about
becoming involved in national campaigns and the polling process will be made
available to students.

Campus
Resource
Connection


Student Activities Night

Staff will support the university and student activities through advertisement and
support of student attendance at this event. (floor
-
RA)

1


Latino Heritage Month

Information related to Latino Herit
age Month will be posted along with reflective
questions. Campus events and opportunities will be advertised as additional
opportunities for exploration of this topic. (complex
-
CC and Assistant Director)

1, 2


Other

Administrative processes &
responding t
o student needs

Work to meet the general safety, security, and personal needs of students.


Administrative processes: early check
-
in, regular check
-
in/opening, RHR/IR
conversations, keys/card administration, room changes, fire drills, packages, duty
roun
ds, office hours, crisis response, etc).

3





Office of Residence Life
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October



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Academics

Programs

Stakeholder Agreement

Through a group problem resolution activity, students will be able to analyze the
impact of their

actions within the context of their daily lives and the democratic
processes that take place in the residence halls by voluntarily engaging in a discussion
with their community about the connections between
environmentally
sustainable
decision
-
making, the
ir community, and citizenship. (floor
-
RA,HD)

1, 3, 6, 7


Personal Development Series

This program series will be developed based on assessment by building staff and
student input. Topics may include stress management, conflict resolution, exercise and
nu
trition, body image, healthy relationships, off campus living skills, financial
responsibility, and group dynamics.

1, 3, & 5


Career Connections

On a monthly basis each complex, in collaboration with the Career Services Center,
will provide opportuniti
es to student to explore career related topics which may include
the interview skills, new professional etiquette, returning home,
and
alumni speakers.

1, 5, & 7


Service Initiatives

Upper
-
division students will be encouraged to identify one concern they

have and go
through the experience of making a complaint, suggestion, or recommendation for
change to a political body or representative. Resources and contacts will be provided.
(complex
-
staff)

3, 6


Know Your Rights

A campus
-
wide program that will pro
vide students with opportunities to learn about
their rights and responsibilities

as UD students
. (campus
-
CC, Assistant Director, OJA
asked to assist)

3, 4, 6



SIH Communities' Events (Ray
St.)

Each community will offer a program based on their theme
.



Social Events

Weekend Events

On Friday and Saturday evenings residents are invited to one of the lounges for various
social activities.




Art Under the Stars (Central)

Students will have the opportunity to attend an event centered on art in all forms
(
music, painting, dancing, etc).



Floor Meeting

Career Services Presentation

After being trained by the staff of the Career Services Center, Hall Directors will
discuss resources necessary for internships and vocational searches. This presentation
will
be developed in collaboration with the Career Services Center Staff. (floor
-
HD)

5


RA
Conversations

General Follow
-
up

Students will have the opportunity to talk with their RA about service initiatives,
classes, and life on the floor. (floor
-
RA)

1, 2


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Bulletin Boards

World Headlines

A current event reflecting an ethical issue will be selected and various angles will be
portrayed through at least 5 national and international newspaper sources in a bulletin
board format. (floor
-
CC, Assistant Director)

4

X


UD:
Environmentally
Sustainably
Staffed

A bulletin board will highlight a university employee and their contributions to a
n

environmentally
sustainable society through their chosen vocation. This is meant to
provide an example of the connections that ex
i
st between sustainable decision
-
making,
a community, and citizenship.

7


National Collegiate Alcohol
Awareness

Information on the individual and community impact of binge drinking on the students.

3


Campus
Resource
Connection

Campus Sustainability

In
formation about
environmental

sustainability and UD will be posted along with
reflective questions. Campus events and opportunities will be advertised as additional
opportunities for exploration of this topic. (complex
-
CC and Assistant Director)

7


Natio
nal Collegiate Alcohol
Awareness Week

Staff will both advertise/support campus
-
wide events and develop complimentary
programs, as requested, around this topic. (complex
-
staff)

3


CCC Initiatives

Halloween Events

CCC’s will host a variety of Halloween
-
them
ed social events including Freak Week
(Ray St.), Haunted Annex (GH), and Halloween in Warner (Central).



Other

Administrative processes &
responding to student needs

Work to meet the general safety, security, and personal needs of students.


Administ
rative processes: RHR/IR conversations, keys/card administration, room
changes, fire drills, packages, duty rounds, office hours, crisis response, etc).





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November



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Academics

Programs

Purchasi
ng Power

Each complex will hold a program to provide students with the opportunity to learn
about common business practices and their connection to
environmental

sustainability.
Faculty members will be asked to assist with the design and facilitation of th
ese
programs.

(complex
-
staff)

2, 3, 4, 7

X

Personal Development Series

This program series will be developed based on assessment by building staff and
student input. Topics may include stress management, conflict resolution, exercise and
nutrition, body
image, healthy relationships, off campus living skills, financial
responsibility, and group dynamics.

1, 3, & 5


Career Connections

On a monthly basis each complex, in collaboration with the Career Services Center,
will provide opportunities to student
to explore career related topics which may include
the interview skills, new professional etiquette, returning home,
and
alumni speakers.

1, 5, & 7


Service Initiatives

Students will be given the opportunity to take part in service activities at the Dela
ware
Food Bank, participate in can
-
drives, and will receive information on hunger and
homelessness issues in Delaware and nationally. (campus
-
staff)

3, 4, 7


Social Events

SIH Communities Events (Ray
St.)

Each community will offer a program based on their

theme. (Ray Street
-
student
leaders)



Weekend Events

On Friday and Saturday evenings residents are invited to one of the lounges for various
social activities.



Casino Night (Central)

A social experience for students in central complex
.



Floor Mee
ting

Map It Out

Students will have the opportunity to work together to explore where
environmentally
sustainable decision making, community, and citizenship intersect.
Faculty will be
consulted in the design of the outline for this exercise.

RAs will also
address
Thanksgiving closing process. (floor
-
RA, HD support)

3, 4, 7

X

RA Conversations

General Follow
-
up

Students will have the opportunity to discuss that month’s programs and activities with
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opportunities for exploration of this topic. (complex
-
CC
and Assistant Director)

CCC Initiatives

Student Leader Initiatives

On
-
going events initiated, planned, and organized by CCC student leaders.



Other

Administrative processes &
responding to student needs

Work to meet the general safety, secur
ity, and personal needs of students.


Administrative processes: Thanksgiving closing, RHR/IR conversations, keys/card
administration, room changes, fire drills, packages, duty rounds, office hours, crisis
response, etc).
















Office of Residence Life
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December



Titl
e

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Academics


Personal Development Series

This program series will be developed based on assessment by building staff and
student input. Topics may include stress management, conflict resolution, exercise
and
nutrition, body image, healthy relationships, off campus living skills, financial
responsibility, and group dynamics.

1, 3, & 5


Programs

Career Connections

On a monthly basis each complex, in collaboration with the Career Services

Center,
will provide opportunities to student to explore career related topics which may include
the interview skills, new professional etiquette, returning home, alumni speakers, and
graduate school preparation.

1, 5, & 7



Donation Drives

End of term f
ood/clothing drives for charitable donation (building
-
staff)

3


Social Events

SIH Communities Events (Ray
St.)

Each community will offer a program based on their theme. (Ray Street
-
student
leaders)




Weekend Events

On Friday and Saturday evenings resid
ents are invited to one of the lounges for various
social activities.



Floor Meeting

Closing Information & Spring
Preview

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CCC Initiatives

Study Breaks

Complex Community Councils will be encouraged to provide study breaks to relieve
student stress during this busy time of year.




St
udent Leader Initiatives

On
-
going events initiated, planned, and organized by CCC student leaders.



Other

Administrative processes &
responding to student needs

Work to meet the general safety, security, and personal needs of students.


Administrati
ve processes: fall semester closing and check
-
out, mid
-
year room changes,
RHR/IR conversations, keys/card administration, room changes, fire drills, packages,
duty rounds, office hours, crisis response, etc).




















Office of Residence Life
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January



Title

Descript
ion

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Academics

Social Events

Community Builder

Each RA will be responsible for a community builder with their floor that encourages
connections among winter session residents. (floor
-
RA)



Floor Meeting

Safety Meeting

Students taking winter session classes will be invited to the lounge to remind them how
to stay safe during a lower
-
occupancy period in the residence halls. (building
-
staff)

3


RA Conversations

General Follow
-
up

With lower occupancy during winter session

than at any other time of the academic
year, RAs have an opportunity to connect with those students taking winter session
classes on a different level.(floor
-
RA)



Bulletin Boards

World Headlines

A current event topic reflecting an ethical issue will be
selected and various angles will
be portrayed through at least 5 national and international newspaper sources in a
bulletin board format. (floor
-
CC, Assistant Director)

4


UD:
Environmentally
Sustainably Staffed

A bulletin board will highlight a universi
ty employee and their contributions to a
n

environmentally
sustainable society through their chosen vocation. This is meant to
provide an example of the connections that exist between sustainable decision making,
a community, and citizenship.

7


Other

Adm
inistrative processes &
responding to student needs

Work to meet the general safety, security, and personal needs of students.


Administrative processes: check
-
in, mid
-
year room changes, RHR/IR conversations,
keys/card administration, room changes, fire
drills, packages, duty rounds, office hours,
crisis response, etc).







Office of Residence Life
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February



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Academics


Service Initiatives

Recyclemania kick
-
off
-

students will participate in campus
-
wide activity to pro
mote
recycling efforts. (complex
-
staff)

3, 7


Programs

Career Connections

On a monthly basis each complex, in collaboration with the Career Services Center,
will provide opportunities to student to explore career related topics which may include
the inter
view skills, new professional etiquette, returning home,
and alumni speakers
.

1, 5, & 7



Personal Development Series

This program series will be developed based on assessment by building staff and
student input. Topics may include stress management, conf
lict resolution, exercise and
nutrition, body image, healthy relationships, off campus living skills, financial
responsibility, and group dynamics.

1, 3, & 5



SIH Communities Events (Ray
St.)

Each community will offer a program based on their theme. (Ra
y Street
-
student
leaders)



Social Events

Weekend Events

On Friday and Saturday evenings residents are invited to one of the lounges for various
social activities.




Central Live (Central)

Music talent show (central complex
-
staff, student musicians)



Floor Meeting

Metaphor Meeting

Students will have the opportunity to pick a metaphor that illustrates their view of
sustainably. This creative expression allows students to understand themselves more
completely by applying abstract constructs to communic
ate with peers. Students will
also be asked to describe what metaphor they use and how their metaphor might
symbolize something about their culture and history.
Faculty will be consulted on the
design of this activity.

Recyclemania and Relay for Life will
also be introduced.
(floor
-
RA)

1, 2

X

RA Conversations

Environmental
Sustaina
bility

Discussion

During this optional conversation, students will be asked to reflect on their fall
semester with specific consideration for their feelings and opinions about

environmental

sustainability. Subsequently, students will have another opportunity to
set semester goals with their RA (with focus on sustainability and engagement goals).
(floor
-
RA)

4, 7


Bulletin Boards

World Headlines

A current event topic reflecting

an ethical issue will be selected and various angles will
be portrayed through at least 5 national and international newspaper sources in a
bulletin board format. (floor
-
CC, Assistant Director)

4


UD:
E
nvironmentally
Sustainably Staffed

A bulletin board

will highlight a university employee and their contributions to a
n

environmentally
sustainable society through their chosen vocation. This is meant to
provide an example of the connections that exist between sustainable decision making,
a community, and c
itizenship.

7


Living Options

Housing Fair, off
-
campus apartment safety, Good Neighbor (Newark citizenship)
information).




Alternative Spring Break
Options

A bulletin board depicting service opportunities over spring break will be displayed
within e
ach building.

5


Office of Residence Life
35

Campus Resource
Connection

African American History
Month

Information about African American History will be posted along with reflective
questions. Campus events and opportunities w
ill be advertised as additional
opportunities for explo
ration of this topic. (complex
-
CC and Assistant Director)

2, 4, 6


Vagina Monologues

Staff will advertise this event. (complex
-
staff)

2, 4


Housing Fair

Staff will advertise

this event. (complex
-
staff)



CCC Initiatives

Spring Budget Planning

Executi
ve board members will draft a spring budget proposal for submission and
approval.



Valentines Events

Complex Community Councils will be asked to plan a program related to Valentine’s
䑡y.



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March



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Academics

Programs

Study Abroad Show & Tell

Students who studied abr
oad over winter session will have the opportunity to share and
elaborate on their experiences with fellow community members. (building
-
staff)

1, 2, 4

X

Personal Development Series

This program series will be developed based on assessment by building staf
f and
student input. Topics may include stress management, conflict resolution, exercise and
nutrition, body image, healthy relationships, off campus living skills, financial
responsibility, and group dynamics.

1, 3, & 5


Career Connections

On a monthly

basis each complex, in collaboration with the Career Services Center,
will provide opportunities to student to explore career related topics which may include
the interview skills, new professional etiquette, returning home,
and alumni speakers
.

1, 5, & 7



SIH Communities Events (Ray
St.)

Each community will provide a program based on their theme. (Ray Street
-
student
leaders)



Social Events

Weekend Events

On Friday and Saturday evenings residents are invited to one of the lounges for various
social act
ivities.




Warner Week (Central)

A social experience for students in central complex
.



Floor Meeting

Media Clippings

Finding yourself in the media. Find the You in YouTube. Recyclemania and spring
break closing (including spring break safety tips) wil
l be discussed. (floor
-
RA)

1


RA Conversations

General Follow
-
up

Students will have the opportunity to discuss the media clippings floor meeting and re
-
visit how they are doing on goals, semester progress, stress level, etc. (floor
-
RA)

1, 5


Bulletin Boa
rds

World Headlines

A current event topic reflecting an ethical issue will be selected and various angles will
be portrayed through at least 5 national and international newspaper sources in a
bulletin board format. (floor
-
CC, Assistant Director)

4


UD:
Environmentally
Sustainably Staffed

A bulletin board will highlight a university employee and their contributions to a
n

environmentally
sustainable society through their chosen vocation. This is meant to
provide an example of the connections that exist bet
ween sustainable decision making,
a community, and citizenship.

7


Spring Break Ambassador

Tips on being a positive representative of US when out of the country for break. Study
Abroad Office will be asked to assist with content.

2

X

Campus Resource
Co
nnection

Women’s History Month

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A
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Office of Residence Life
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April



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support fo
r
Academics

Programs

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Bulletin Boards

W
orld Headlines

A current event topic reflecting an ethical issue will be selected and various angles will
be portrayed through at least 5 national and international newspaper sources in a
bulletin board format. (floor
-
CC, Assistant Director)

4


Sexual As
sault Awareness
Month

Information about SAAM activities and events

2, 4


Earth Day

Promotion of Earth Day events and campus speakers

7


UD:
Environmentally
Sustainably Staffed

A bulletin board will highlight a university employee and their contributio
ns to a
n

environmentally
sustainable society through their chosen vocation. This is meant to
provide an example of the connections that exist between sustainable decision making,
a community, and citizenship.

7


Campus Resource
Connection

CBC Step Show

In
formation about step shows and other cultural celebrations within the black
community will be posted along with reflective questions. The campus event itself will
be advertised as an opportunity for exploration of this topic. (complex
-
CC and Assistant
Dire
ctor)

2


CCC Initiatives

Student Leader Initiatives

On
-
going events initiated, planned, and organized by CCC student leaders.



Other

Administrative processes &
responding to student needs

Work to meet the general safety, security, and personal needs o
f students.


Administrative processes: RHR/IR conversations, keys/card administration, room
changes, fire drills, packages, duty rounds, office hours, crisis response, etc).



Office of Residence Life
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May



Title

Description

Program
Goals

Connection

Support for
Academics

P
rograms

Debate:
E
nvironmental

Sustainability

Students who choose to participate in this campus
-
wide event will be able to explore
their personal values, plan and deliver an argument, and engage in respectful dialogue
with peers. This specific topic allows
both participants and observers to consider the
connections that exist between
environmental

sustainability, community, and
citizenship.
Faculty members will be asked to assist with the design and facilitation
of these programs.

(campus
-
staff)

4, 6, 7

X

Personal Development Series

This program series will be developed based on assessment by building staff and
student input. Topics may include stress management, conflict resolution, exercise and
nutrition, body image, healthy relationships, off campus livi
ng skills, financial
responsibility, and group dynamics.

1, 3, & 5


Career Connections

On a monthly basis each complex, in collaboration with the Career Services Center,
will provide opportunities to student to explore career related topics which may in
clude
the interview skills, new professional etiquette, returning home,

and alumni speakers
.

1, 5, & 7


Service Initiative

Students will have the opportunity to participate in urban revival activities and join
groups converting vacant lots into useable p
ublic space in Wilmington. (campus
-
staff)

2, 3


Social Events

Student Recognition &
Celebration

All complexes will either share or create various recognition and end
-
of
-
the
-
year
celebration events. For example: Student Leadership Awards, Ray Fair (Ray St.
), and
CRAB Fest (Christiana Towers).



SIH Communities Events (Ray
St.)

Each community will offer a program based on their theme. (Ray Street
-
student
leaders)



Awards Banquet

Student leadership awards recognizing contributions of residence hall stud
ents and
communities. (campus
-
Assistant Director)



Weekend Events

On Friday and Saturday evenings residents are invited to one of the lounges for various
social activities.



Floor Meeting

Closing & Celebration

RAs will celebrate community accomplishm
ents (i.e. Recyclemania, soap for hope, and
relay for life fundraising), recognize community leaders (both formal and informal),
and wrap up the year. RAs should also remind the community of the learning outcomes
and ask that they self
-
evaluate their progr
ess in achieving those outcomes. (floor
-
RA)

5, 7


RA Conversations

General Follow
-
up

Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their academic year goals and consider
them as they close out the year. RAs may also begin the process of saying goodbye
or
redefining relationships for the following year. (floor
-
RA)

5, 7


Bulletin Boards

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A current event topic reflecting an ethical issue will be selected and various angles will
be portrayed through at least 5 national and international news
paper sources in a
bulletin board format. (floor
-
CC, Assistant Director)

4


UD:
Environmentally
Sustainably Staffed

A bulletin board will highlight a university employee and their contributions to a
n

environmentally
sustainable society through their chos
en vocation. This is meant to
provide an example of the connections that exist between sustainable decision making,
a community, and citizenship.

7


Office of Residence Life
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Connection

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Appendix 1


The Life of a Resident Assistant

at UD


It is important to note that the
Residence Life program p
lan is simply one aspect
of
Residence Life
at the University of Delaware. In reality, an RA’s job includes
advertising
the
p
rograms, RA conversations, and f
loor meetings
described in this pla
n (one third); social functions and relationship and community building
activities (another third); and resource and administrative functions (the final third).
Residence hall operations exist in a 24 hour
-
a
-
day
framework

and are multi
-
faceted
.

The
progra
m

plan

illustrates one such facet. This description

has been prepared to describe

the remaining two thirds of the RA job,
the more traditional
day
-
to
-
day activities that RAs engage in with students. Many of these activities serve as foundational elements
of developing healthy, positive, and safe
communities
.


To narrate everything that happens in the residence halls outside of the
program

plan would likely add 50+ pages to the existing plan. Rather, the goal of this
description

is to provide an overview of

the types of activities that occur that are typical, but which have intentionally not been illuminated in the
preceding
materials. It is hoped that this description will provide a useful context within which to understand the residence halls

at UD
.

Soc
ial Functions & Community and Relationship Building

Activities
:


After opening, e
very effort is made to build student
-
to
-
student connections

in the residence halls
. Achieving a sense of belonging for each student is one of the
paramount roles of the RA. As

such, floor dinners, ice
-
breakers, floor socials, birthday celebrations, and stress relievers play a steady role in the routine of floor
life. These types of activities are easy to plan and initiate and RAs do so as a matter of course. Specific efforts ar
e also taken to encourage students to plan and
coordinate these activities in order to add to the overall frequency and variety.

These opportunities are encouraged at floor meetings, in general conversations, and
through discussions at hall government meet
ings.



Social
integration
is also a focus of more structured community development activities such as floor Community Agreements and roommate/suitemate
/apartment
agreements. While these activities serve the purpose of encouraging students to
live comforta
bly together in very small and intimate spaces
,
they

also encourage
students to participate in

peer
-
to
-
peer problem solving, sharing of goals, boundaries, and discussions of personal visions for community life at UD. Though thes
e
methods often help student
s engage in community living in a positive and healthy manner, peer conflict is almost universal in this type of living envir
onment and
staff members play a continual role as conflict coaches, advisors, and formal mediators.


Major
building
-
wide, campus
e
vents and student organization efforts serve to heavily supplement the

floor and room level community
-
building efforts. H
all
decorating c
ontests for Halloween, holiday celebrations, talent contests, and student art shows

are

a mainstay of residence hall li
fe. UD Pep
-
Rallies can be found in
many halls, while
in
others
hall staff

members
organize outdoor games, barbeques, and
activities
.

RAs continually promote engagement in fun and social campus
events, allowing first year students to integrate with upper d
ivision students; encouraging student interaction with peer groups outside the halls; and broadening
student awareness of campus happenings.


As the year continues, basic ice
-
breakers and “get to know you” activities lose their attractiveness as students
m
eet

their
own social
needs. Student staff and
student leaders develop a more advanced unders
tanding of student

interests and begin tailoring activities, events, and social functions to fit the distinctive nature of
each floor and hall group. Some floors wi
ll become heavily involved in intramural activities and sport
-
related tournaments. Others will go to each home football
game or will

adopt


the volleyball team. Still others will socialize via video
-
game tournaments, movie nights, or game nights. Efforts
are made to initiate these
typ
es of traditions on all floors.
Building
-
wide features will also emerge based on staff encouragement of unique student interests.

Engaging students in these fun
and social types of activities, whether on a small scale or larg
e, represents a third of an RA’s time.


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43



Resource & Administrative Functions:


The final third of

the RA’s job is focused on serving as a resource, fulfilling administrative roles, and completing duties that pertain to the
safety and security of
residents
.
All RAs are trained on campus resources

and serve to continually point students in “the right direction.” During their training they learn about
tutoring

services, S.O.S., C
areer Services, Library resources, etc. and act as the first source of informatio
n for general questions. Staff
members
are also routinely
approached with deeper problems such as
relationship violence
, eating disorders, depression, death of a family member or friend, and academic failure.
Referring
students to a professional Residence
Life staff member in these situations is the expectation.


Student behavior an
d boundary testing also require

much work
by the RA to address disruptions, follow

up formally and informally with students who fail to
respect the r
ights of others, and encoura
ge

students to assert on their own behalf.
RAs document all policy violations, many of which are referred into the judicial
system where RAs serve as the presenting party at hearings. Weekly, RAs take their turn on duty doing rounds in the hall and
sitting

office hours, sorting mail, and
completing the various administrative responsibilities associated with managing a hall.


Hundreds
, if not thousands
,

of
social and fun

activities take place in our halls every year. Some of these are as simple as hanging o
ut with the RA in the lounge


some require far greater planning. They

are all part of an integrated whole that makes up
student life in the residence halls
. The social
, community, and fun
nature
of life in the halls
cannot be

fully captured on paper or a
rticulated within a plan. But these elements not only comprise a significant amount of the time that RAs
spend with students, they are essential.
Ultimately, the
program

plan adds depth and reinforces the
connection of the residence halls to the University

mission and
the FYE program, and can enrich the quality of life students enjoy while on campus
.
But learning of any sort in the halls would be improbable if students did not
enjoy their experience, connect with the students with whom they live, and feel s
afe and comfortable.





Office of Residence Life
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Appendix 2


2008
-
2009 Assessment Plan


Assessment will be focused on three primary areas:


1.

Student s
atisfaction

2.

Student
l
earning
outcomes

3.

Information about student attitudes, experiences, and engagement (primarily via data draw
n from the Office of Institutional Research)


Each of the three focus areas are informed by different sources, summarized below.


Student satisfaction:

The Office of Residence Life in collaboration with Housing Assignment Services, Facilities, and Dining S
ervices will conduct a survey based primarily on student
satisfaction through Educational Benchmarking Incorporated (http://www.webebi.com/). This survey will be conducted via a web
link sent out to students in
December. EBI provides longitudinal tracking
as well as comparisons with the group of approximately 270 participating colleges with a separate comparative
group based on Carnegie Classification.


Student responses are reported on nineteen satisfaction factors from ninety
-
seven questions on a seven
-
p
oint Likert scale. While all factors are of general interest,
Residence Life staff will concentrate their examination on the following factors in the area of satisfaction:




Hall Student Staff



Hall Programming



Room/floor Environment



Safety/Security



Climate
-
Fellow Residents are Tolerant



Climate
-
Fellow Residents are Respectful



Climate
-
Sense of Community



Satisfaction with University



Resident Satisfaction (with on
-
campus living)



Overall Learning Experience



Overall Program Effectiveness: Full Residence Experienc
e

Student learning

outcomes
:

The Office of Residence Life learning outcomes are heavily informed by the FYE outcomes. It is anticipated that both the FYE
Committee and the Office of
Educational Assessment will be taking steps to assess the FYE Student Lea
rning Outcomes. Residence Life will offer to play a support role in these efforts but will
not independently initiate any assessment efforts in this area.


Information about student attitudes, experiences, and engagement:

The Office of Institutional Resear
ch conducts a number of surveys that are directly relevant to the work of the Office of Residence Life. Residence Life will w
ork
with Institutional Research to identify elements of the National Survey of Student Engagement, the Entering Student Needs Ass
es
sment, the Alumni Survey, and
the Retention and Graduation Rates Report that are instructive to Residence Life efforts and goals.


Office of Residence Life
45

Engagement will also be analyzed through very traditional means of tracking and counting. Student attendance patterns for ac
tivities, programs, meetings, and hall
government will be tracked numerically (no individual student tracking) and reviewed throughout the year. Other tracking and
counting methods will include
incident reports, vandalism occurrences, and damage billing re
ports.

Office of Residence Life
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Appendix 3


Residence Life Programs at Other Institutions

Efforts by residence l
ife professionals to add educational value to the residential experience have taken place since t
he early 1970’s through a
variety
of
approaches. It is well known

that

a residential campus contributes a
distinc
tly different experience

to on
-
campus students

than

to
commuter
s

or
students earning
on
-
line

degrees. It can be asserted that much of these contributions come from the shared living environment alone, but residenc
e life programs across the country
attempt to capitalize on the existence of concentrated populations of students to add value to the overall educational experi
ence by encouraging students to
examine issues that they may not regularly find in the classroom

environment.

Students do much more than simply eat, sleep, and study in the residence halls. They explore issues, test boundaries, and eng
age (many for the first time)

in
community
-
oriented decision
-
making that transcends personal interests. Some residen
tial life programs focus solely on behavior control and adjudication of policy.
Others focus on social life and entertainment elements. The practice however, of many top ranked universities, is for residen
ce life staff to introduce a wide
spectrum of
oppor
tunities

for student
s

to consider as they make decisions about how they will engage in society after the short
-
lived social structure of college life
concludes.

The
Housing and Residential E
ducation staff at
the
University
o
f North Carolina a
t

Chapel Hill

work to create living communities which “augment and extend
the intellectual climate of th
e University as well as educate and promote

citizenship, civility, and responsibility.” In addition to traditional housing, they offer
living
-
learning communities su
ch

as

those focused on service and leadership; women’s experiences; men at Carolina; The Carolina Experience; as well as
communities organized

around themes (language houses,

substance
-
free environments, etc.). One living learning p
rogram

called
,

The Conne
cted Lea
r
ning
Program,

extends the bounds of the classroom by allowing students to shape their own learning outside the classroom” and relies heavil
y on faculty involvement
and peer mentors. The Sustainability Learning Community also involves faculty part
ners and offers programs that “expose students to intellectual topics, campus
resources, unusual areas of study, and unique co
-
curricular opportunities in and around Chapel Hill.”

The
University of Maryland

has a series of Living Learning Communities inclu
ding
the
EcoHouse, CIVICUS, and Women in Engineering. The Global
Communities living learning community is described as “Global Communities, located within Dorchester Hall, is an exciting liv
ing experience, rich in cultural
diversity and academic enhancemen
t. Students from more than 30 countries and the United States, representing a variety of cultural backgrounds, come together
to
form an international community.”

The
University of Virginia

has an intentionally structured first
-
year experience for all new s
tudents that allows “faculty and students to interact in meaningful
ways outside the classroom.” New students are housed with roommates in residential communities in which “learning throug
h diversity is an underlying

educational objective.”

Components of
this FYE include new student orientation; academic advising; guidance from peer mentors; self
-
governance; educational,
social, and cultural programs; and interaction with faculty and administrators.

Students participating in the Second Year Experience prog
ram at
James Madison University

are expected to participate on a hall committee; attend four
“leadershops;” develop a professional portfolio; complete community service; and engage in mentoring, a leadership conference
, or spring retreat. JMU also has
six

learning communities and an international living community.

The mission of
Penn State University

Residence Life is “to provide a safe, comfortable, secure, and nurturing living
-
learning environment that is conducive to
students' academic pursuits and per
sonal growth while fostering a sense of community, civic responsibility, and an appreciation of diversity.” PSU lists its
educational priority as “Respect and Responsibility” and further articulates that “Residents will explore, understand, and de
monstrate

respect for self and others
and responsibility for self, community, and the environment. Penn State’s strategic plan includes, among many other things, t
o “Educate students on PSU’s Penn
State Principles, specifically in the areas of ‘respect and responsi
bility’ which is Residence Life’s educational priority.”

Office of Residence Life
47


The
University of Richmond’s

Housing Office promotes its mission as “dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment that complimen
ts
student academic and social development.”

On the same page, it articulates it’s diversity statement as “
The University of Richmond is committed to developing a
diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences
in ways that

promote excellence
in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success.”


Cornell

University
’s

Residential I
nitiative strives to “involve faculty in meaningful ways in the residential experience of students and promotes student
engageme
nt in the governance and direction of their living communities
, giving them opportunities for leadership, service, and community building.”

Program
houses are themed living and learning communities that allow students to develop interests, (such as theate
r, art, music, the environment, or ethnic or cultural
identity), outside the classroom. Faculty members regularly visit and interact with students living in these houses to provi
de mentorship and support.


At
Dartmouth

College
the Office of Residential Li
fe strives for high quality out
-
of
-
the classroom interactions between faculty and students. The Faculty
Engagement Initiative includes such programs as fireside chats; sophomore advantage programs; community dinners; graduate adv
isor faculty discussions;
and
faculty student initiated programs. Through involvement with faculty and other educational initiatives, the Residential Life

staff at Dartmouth strives to facilitate
the development
of “
...
e
mpowered and informed
students who are also responsible…t
hrou
gh discussion, critical analysis, and introspection, they come to
understand their roles in their community and in society at large and accept active participation
… b
y weaving moral reasoning into the social fabric of life and
work, they help communities a
nd society shape their ethical values, and then live and work by those values.



Schools from Arkansas to Alaska could be examined and the findings would be similar. Residence life departments across the co
untry are engaged in efforts to
contribute to the
educational mission of their own particular institution, but in an incredibly wide ranging manner. Diversity education, welln
ess education, special
interest theme housing, and academic theme housing features are apparent throughout the entire country, with

sustainability related missions and educational
emphasis areas rapidly catching up. A residence life program absent of educational mission and goals is becoming quite rare,
though admittedly the range of
practices and approach
es is quite wide
.