Subcommittee Work

To engage in deeper, sustained reflection on a wider range of topics, Committee members all serve on a subcommittee that focuses on a particular aspect of our residential experience. These subcommittees also allow Committee members to hold more meetings and focus groups with a diverse array of individuals, offices, and organizations around campus, so that the Committee’s work is informed by voices of students, faculty, and staff from every corner of the university.

Four subcommittees have been developed to extend the Committee’s reach:

Community, Affinity, and Identity

The Community, Affinity, and Identity subcommittee is examining how we can create the strongest, closest, and most supportive communities for our students. This includes finding new ways to give students agency through student governance, and also providing the strongest possible support network of professional and student staff. This subcommittee is considering questions such as:

  • What is the ideal community size for creating a closely-knit group without limiting opportunities for residents to establish new social connections?
  • How can we help students develop a meaningful and lasting sense of community that persists even if they later move off-campus?

Equity of Experience

The Equity of Experience subcommittee is tasked with ensuring that every single undergraduate student has access to the same opportunities, resources, and amenities while they live on campus. This subcommittee will propose ways to eliminate financial barriers to participation in residential activities, construct a more inclusive campus, and will seek to answer questions such as:

  • What are the best ways to create safe spaces for students of all backgrounds that help foster positive dialogues and respect for others?
  • How do we preserve the autonomy of Greek houses while also ensuring that their residents are included in the campus community, and have access to the same resources as students in other university housing?

Student-Faculty Interaction and Instruction

The Student-Faculty Interaction and Instruction subcommittee is looking at new ways to build on existing residential academic initiatives, and to develop new enterprises for building bridges between our faculty and our students. Some of the issues that this group will discuss are:

  • What is the best way to inspire collaborative experiences between students and faculty?
  • How can we foster the development of an intellectual residential atmosphere while ensuring that our students still have a space for refuge from the stresses of their academic lives?
  • What can we do to ensure that faculty enjoy and benefit from their interactions with students outside the classroom?

Wellness, Support, and Thriving

The subcommittee focusing on Wellness, Support, and Thriving is concentrating on developing new, stronger support and safety networks for our students. In addition to discussing the ideal ratios of support staff to students, as well as the most helpful roles for this staff, this subcommittee will consider new forums for advancing communication among professors, advisers, and residential staff, in order to better coordinate the support we provide to students. Some other issues that will be considered are:

  • What can be done residentially to encourage our students to engage in deep learning, to avoid the stress of credentialism?
  • What existing support programs might campus partners be interested in delivering residentially to facilitate student access to these programs?