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Residential Life Philosophy

The Office of Residential Life is responsible for maintaining student residences that support the educational mission of Dartmouth College. These residential communities are designed to provide a variety of learning opportunities that promote the academic endeavors of students and encourage the growth and development of our students.

To support the mission of Dartmouth College, the Office of Residential Life is committed to the delivery of services, programs and resources which:

  • Provide a safe and secure residence hall environment for all students.
  • Hire and develop a staff of student leaders who are committed to the education and development of their peers and themselves.
  • Offer an array of educational and social programming intended to support and challenge students intellectually and interpersonally.
  • Encourage the development and growth of residential communities distinguished by such attributes as caring, interdependence, collaboration, appreciation of difference and openness.

It takes a great deal of energy and commitment from all members of the Office of Residential Life staff to establish and maintain living environments that provide opportunities for students to learn more about themselves and others. The work is challenging, but the rewards are endless. We invite all potential applicants to consider joining our staff as we strive to provide dynamic and challenging residential communities for Dartmouth undergraduates.

Residential Education Statement of Philosophy

While we strive to promote growth in our residential communities, it must be with a clear set values and principles. The residential community is a place for students to "practice" leadership. We work to provide our students with opportunities to develop the skills necessary to navigate successfully within our ever changing world. Students should engage in activities that foster the ability to maneuver within systems and realties that are different that their own. A culture of accountability that fosters students' ability to clearly articulate their concerns and to then join together to work for solutions is essential. We should teach them to think critically by fostering an environment of inquiry and dialogue. And finally, all actions should be paired with the opportunity for integration of understanding and reflection. This holistic approach, influenced by residents, students and professional staff, by faculty and administrators, Deans and coaches will have a transformational impact on each student and collectively upon life at Dartmouth.

Last Updated: 1/21/09