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Live, Learn, Grow

Our priority is to engage residential students in meaningful experiences to learn about themselves, others and develop skills to become Spartan Ready.

Residential Curriculum


Understanding how personality traits and characteristics contribute to personal and professional success

Students can demonstrate self-awareness by understanding how personality traits, behaviors and actions contribute to being a member of a residential community. Students will be able to reflect and understand dimensions of their own identity. They will embrace the culture of learning and growing to continue their personal and professional development.

Learning Goals:

  • Each student will develop an understanding of their strengths, traits and characteristics.
  • Each student will reflect on their unique traits and characteristics and how they may shape one’s personal and professional success.
  • Each student will recognize how their traits, actions and behaviors may impact a community.

Life Skills

Effectively meeting the challenges and expectations of leading a fulfilling life

Living in residence halls is a time to prepare to live off campus and manage one’s affairs. Students are responsible for the management of various aspects of their lives. This includes the ability to balance their physical, emotional and financial wellness.

Learning Goals:

  • Each student will identify harm-reducing behaviors of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Each student will understand how different aspects of physical wellness affect his/her ability to live a healthier life.
  • Each student will learn appropriate coping skills to manage his/her stress and emotional wellness.
  • Each student will learn resources and skills to support the transition to living in a residential community.
  • Each student will learn resources and skills to support the transition to off-campus living.

Interpersonal Abilities

Insight to engage with others and create meaningful relationships

Interacting with other students and staff members can improve interpersonal abilities. Meaningful communication can develop approachability, assist with building a network and help navigate difficult conversations. A hallmark of interpersonal competence includes sharing one's perspective while recognizing the diverse opinions of others.

Learning Goals:

  • Each student will learn how to initiate conversation and effectively communicate with others.
  • Each student will be able to articulate their own perspective while recognizing other perspectives.
  • Each student will connect with others to build their personal and academic network.
  • Each student will learn conflict resolutions skills.


Building, leading, managing, motivating and working with other

Students can proactively engage in their peer groups and communities by understanding the dynamics of teamwork. Identifying and embracing one's own role on a team is essential to community living. Participation in initiatives involving teamwork better prepares students to handle challenges and assists them in becoming well-rounded leaders.

Learning Goals:

  • Each student will collaborate with peers to develop standards for their residential community.
  • Each student will uphold and maintain standards for their residential community.
  • Each student will explore engagement and leadership opportunities.
  • Each student will identify their contribution to their residential community.
  • Each student will discover the benefits and challenges of living in community with peers.

Global Engagement

Understand, appreciate, respect and learn from diverse peoples and their societies

Awareness of and respect for community members with differences is key to the residential experience. Students will be presented with opportunities to increase their multiculturalism, global perspective, inclusion and civic responsibility.

Learning Goals:

  • Each student will articulate how their own beliefs, experiences and values have shaped their perspective.
  • Each student will understand the value of differing viewpoints.
  • Each student will identify how to civically engage in a variety of ways.
  • Each student will engage in dialogue to encourage the development of their global awareness.


The role of resident assistants and professional staff members

Resident assistants (RAs), head residents (HRs), area coordinators (ACs) and assistant directors (ADs) play a significant role in the success of Spartan Living. By building relationships with their residents, these staff members can identify both individual and community needs. RAs utilize creative methods of delivering information to residents and serving as a resource and partner in their college experience.

Building supervisors (HRs, ACs and ADs) serve as partners of Spartan Living working with both residents and RAs. Once individual and community needs are identified, building supervisors utilize learning outcomes to develop intentional experiences for the benefit of the residential community members.