The acronym “O.L.E.” stands for “Opportunities for Learning and Engagement." @AugieWe make the most of this experience.* Our goal in Residence Life is to (a) engage as many of our students in the campus community as possible and (b) help them take ownership for their experience, growth and development.
To that end, we have identified a multi-faceted approach to programming within our residential communities, consisting of 3 methods by which we hope to engage students: reflective engagement, series programming, and individual programming.
Relationship building takes our already community-minded focus and mixes it with some Student Development Theory, basic Strengths principles, concepts of Wellbeing and allows Peer Advisors to make their interactions more intentional and, therefore, more meaningful to the student. We accomplish this through not only “accidental” interactions or impromptu conversations, but also through the development and enhancement of our knowledge of our residents’ experiences, their transitions, and their growth.
Our individual programming efforts will center on the core concepts of Wellbeing. This allows us to engage students in a much more natural way, focusing on concepts that are easily accessible, while also catalysts for deeper interaction. Additionally, there will be a focus on collaboration, support, and supplemental learning that will enhance opportunities both in and outside of our communities to create a more unified experience for our students. This includes efforts in bystander intervention, alcohol education and intervention, issues of inclusion, and a better understanding healthy relationships and our roles within them.
Residence Hall Association (RHA) Programming
In conjunction with ASA and largely led by our student leadership on campus, we have instituted RHAs in each of our residential areas – the 6 residence halls and our Theme House and Apartment communities. RHAs are student-led organizations whose goal is to represent the needs of each residential community, serving as a voice within Residence Life and the Augustana Student Association, and as a programming force for activities and events that enhance the student living and learning experience.
When used together, we create an opportunity to engage a larger number of our residents in their living exprience and can create more intentional and guided opportunities for learning, reflection, and growth.
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