Our Mission and Values - Life at a Residential Campus


Mission Statement

The office of Residential Education and Housing places the student voice at the center of all that we do.  We seek to create an educational environment that promotes community wellness through development of the whole self, fostering intentional conversations, and active engagement in the residential community. 

We inspire the next generation of thinkers and doers to engage in a transformative experience by providing spaces that empower students to practice inclusivity and respect. 

    Value Statements

    • Students are our most valuable resource. Attention to each student's needs is a high priority.
    • We treat our students, each other, and members of the University community with respect and care. 
    • Diversity is sought and celebrated in all areas of campus life. Differences among students and staff are to be respected and appreciated, and we encourage each other to listen and understand before assuming we are right and others are wrong.
    • Effective and open communication will be encouraged up and down organizational channels.
    • Constructive feedback is valued!
    • Students and staff will work together to make decisions and cultivate effective input wherever possible. 
    • We demonstrate a positive commitment to providing caring interactions.
    • We encourage balance between personal, work, and academic roles as vital aspects to sustained success.
    • Recognition is important in building positive student and staff communities.
    • Having fun and enjoying our jobs and each other is crucial to our success.  

    Looking for a few more answers?  Connect with our staff via direct email for additional clarity.  

    Who We Are

    The office of Residential Education and Housing is part of the Division of Student Life.  The residence hall staff works closely with the 1400 residents on campus and is comprised of student Community Advisors and professional Area Coordinators, who are all here to make sure your college experience is the best it can be.  

    Community Advisors are selected and trained upper class students living in the residence halls who have demonstrated leadership capabilities.  The CAs are probably the first Lawrentians you will meet, and they will assist you in getting to know other students and help you begin the adjustment to college life.  They strive to create a positive residential community by being a resource to residents in their academic, social, and emotional needs so that students can establish friendships, feel at home, and find their place on campus.  Through programs and positive modeling, the CA teams work to foster a safe, comfortable, and welcoming community.  Applications to become a Community Advisor are open in the spring, and interested students are encouraged to check in with the professional staff for additional information before the application process.  

    Residence Life Managers are housed within the affinity/theme houses on campus.  This student employee assists in guiding social activities, and serves as a resource to the residents regarding campus offices, policies, and procedures. The RLM serves as a liaison to a variety of offices and services on campus, and works closely with the professional staff within the office of Residential Education and Housing. 

    Area Coordinators are full-time professional staff members with college degrees who manage the overall operation of the residence halls and serve as valuable resources on campus. They live and work within the residence halls and are responsible for creating and overseeing programming and activities, while serving as the direct supervisors to the Community Advisors.  They encourage personal-check-in moments and floor/community meetings to address issues and provide building information.  While working closely with the CA team to make sure the student community is running smoothly, Area Coordinators also provide on-going general counseling, support, and opportunities for personal growth and leadership development.