Diversity

Our mission as a department includes the goal of developing inclusive communities in the residence communities. These communities should be places where all members feel safe and comfortable and where individuals and groups can develop positive relationships with one another.

In order to reach this goal and honor the diversity of all students, it is important that all Residential Life staff members are aware of their roles as both a ‘role model’ and an ‘authority.’ In these roles, we have a unique opportunity to impact the positive experiences and educational outcomes of our residents as we recognize and celebrate the diversity within our communities.

Behavioral Expectations Regarding Diversity for Residential Education Student Staff

Residential Life is committed to helping all students build connections, get involved, and achieve success.  Residential communities should be places where all members feel safe and comfortable and can develop positive relationships with one another.  In order to accomplish this and honor the diversity of all students, all staff members must be aware of their roles as both a ‘role model’ and an ‘authority.’  In these roles, we have a unique opportunity to positively impact resident experiences and celebrate the diversity in our communities.

In holding with these values, Residential Education student staff are expected to:

  • Understand your impact and responsibility as a role model. 
  • NOT initiate any inappropriate behaviors or actions.
    • These are actions and behaviors that target groups on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or familial status or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law; and
      • may cause a state of physical or mental distress for individuals from targeted groups
      • expresses ill will against an individual or group
      • is a slur against an individual or group
      • demonstrates authority unjustly over an individual or group
      • exerts intolerance
  • Support one another’s efforts in confronting inappropriate behaviors and educating others about diversity.
  • NOT participate (do not encourage, do not laugh, etc.) when you encounter inappropriate behaviors. Inform your supervisor about any concerns.
  • Show outreach to all community members (including those different from you).
  • Confront inappropriate behaviors consistently, do not react differently based on race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or familial status. Use a consistent standard when making decisions regarding confrontations (e.g. confronting the noise level, not the type of music being played).