Residential Curriculum

Realize Responsibility for Self, Community, & World

The residential experience at UMW promotes the ideal of seamless learning where students connect real world experiences with formal classroom knowledge in order to realize responsibility for their self, their community, and their world.  As part of living on campus students will learn and demonstrate personal responsibility, community responsibility, and global responsibility.

Areas of Responsibility

Each year students will explore different concepts related to each of the three areas of responsibility.  Refer to the drop down menu below for more information about each of the Areas of Responsibility.

Personal Responsibility

Personal responsibility centers on one’s personal beliefs in self, the dreams they have and the actions to be taken to make these dreams a reality. Personal responsibility focuses on the intrapersonal competencies of personal responsibility, which include personal attributes such as ethics and integrity and personal goal setting as well as practical competencies that include the ability to maintain personal health and wellness; prioritize time to achieve a balance in academics, leisure activities, and other obligations; and economic self-sufficiency.
Key Concepts:
Honor & Integrity
Goal Achievement
Personal Health & Wellness
Life after college

Community Responsibility

stop hunger nowCommunity Responsibility refers to the ability to live in community with others. Community responsibility focuses on the practical competency of effective communication and interpersonal competencies that include collaboration, the ability to work with individuals different from one’s self, the ability to create meaningful relationships, and an understanding of the importance of interdependence.

Key Concepts:
Community Engagement
Effective Communication

Global Responsibility

Global responsibility refers to the fact that the world today consists of one global community. This creates a need for individuals to consider the impact of their actions on a global scale. Thus, global responsibility focuses on the competencies of humanitarianism and civic engagement. Humanitarianism includes having an understanding and appreciation of human differences, the ability to learn about and interact effectively with people from different cultures coupled with overall social responsibility. Civic engagement includes a sense of civic responsibility, commitment to public life through communities of practice, the ability to engage in principled dissent, and effective leadership.
Key Concepts:
Humanitarianism
Community Service
Effective Leadership

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The residential curriculum incorporates a variety of strategic elements to influence the residential learning experience within the residence halls including;

Bulletin Boards

In the traditional residence halls including Alvey, Arrington, Ball, Bushnell, Custis, Jefferson, Madison, Marshall, Mason, Randolph, Russell, Virginia, Westmoreland, and Willard, residence life staff utilize bulletin boards as a way to communicate information to residents about topics that apply to the population of the community.  At least one bulletin board changes each month in order to highlight an area of responsibility of the curriculum.  Whenever possible staff members try to incorporate interactive components into these bulletin boards.  The interactive components are designed to engage students in the learning process.

Newsletters

In apartment style residences including Eagle Landing and the UMW Apartments, residence life staff utilize electronic newsletters to communicate information that is relevant to residents of those communities.  These newsletters consist of brief articles written by resident assistants that highlight various aspects of the residential curriculum in informative, fun, and entertaining ways.  Whenever possible interactive components are included in the newsletters in order to engage residents in the learning process.

Eagle Chats

In all residential communities on campus residence life staff members engage residents in intentional conversations and interactions in order to build relationships and communicate relevant information that is pertinent to community members. These conversations are spread out throughout the year with at least two conversations happening in the fall and two happening in the spring. Residence life staff members are encouraged to talk with their residents more regularly than this of course. The two per semester is set as a minimum to ensure that even those students that are incredibly busy are seen by the RA semi-regularly.

Signature Events

Residence Life is designating a series of events on campus as Signature Events of the Residential Curriculum. These Signature Events are events co-sponsored by other departments, offices, or organizations on campus and the Office of Residence Life. In order to be designated a Signature Event the event must support one or more of the goals of the Residential Curriculum. You may learn more about the goals by downloading the document at the end of this post.

As part of the partnership the Office of Residence Life works with RAs to encourage students to attend these Signature Event and promote the event on our website and in any publications created for the Residential Curriculum. For these events RAs are asked to attend along with their residents and then facilitate some form of discussion following the event.

Currently Residence Life is accepting proposals for Signature Events through OrgSync.

To access the proposal form go to the following URL; https://orgsync.com/59554/forms/130212.

The proposal form requests the following information:
• Name of event
• Sponsoring Office, Academic Department, or Organization
• Contact person name, phone, and email
• The approximate date of the event
• The goal of the curriculum that the event best supports
• Brief description of how the event supports the goal selected.

The deadline for proposing a Signature Event is April 16th.

More Information about Goals: Curriculum Outcomes Goals & Objectives

Floor Meetings

At the beginning of each semester and throughout the semester as needed residence life staff members conduct community floor meetings.  These meetings are designed to facilitate getting to know other members of the floor community, set expectations for community members through the development of community standards, and to convey important information to residents regarding topics such as; policy, closing procedures, and check out procedures.

The Residential Experience

I thought the program was neat. I planned out how I was going to do my essay for history class and ended up deviating from the schedule a bit but started the essay a week and half before the deadline. Overall, I was pretty happy with how my paper went after using what I learned at the program.~Christopher Thornburg (Marshall Hall) about a time management program: [paraphrased]

Tracks by Year

Depending on their year of study students will experience different content related to the Areas of Responsibility through a variety of Signature Events.  Refer to the drop down menu below for more information about the Signature Events specific to your academic status. 

First Year Track

Key Concepts:

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Honor & Integrity
Personal Health & Wellness

Community Responsibility

Community Engagement

Global Responsibility

Community Service
Effective Leadership

Signature Events:

First Floor Meetings – August 20, 2015
Club Carnival – August 26, 2015
Major Exploration Fair – September 8, 2015
Time Management Workshop – TBD
Avenue Q – November 5 – 22, 2015
Leadership Colloquium – November 7, 2015
Chappell Great Lives Series, Rebecca Skloot – Spring 2016
Goodwill Drop & Go – April 2016

Second Year Track

Key Concepts:

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Honor & Integrity
Goal Achievement
Life Balance

Community Responsibility

Community Engagement
Effective Communication

Global Responsibility

Community Service
Effective Leadership

Signature Events:

First Floor Meetings – August 23, 2015
Goal Setting Resources - TBD
Major Exploration Fair – September, 2015
Avenue Q – November 5 -22, 2015
Leadership Colloquium – November 7, 2015
COAR Head Start Shoebox Service Event – December 2015
Goodwill Drop & Go – April 2016

 

Third & Fourth Year Track

Key Concepts:

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Honor & Integrity
Goal Achievement
Life after Graduation

Community Responsibility

Community Engagement

Global Responsibility

Humanitarianism
Community Service

Signature Events:

First Floor Meetings – August 23, 2015
Graduate School Fair – October 6, 2015
Job/Internship Fair – October 27, 2015
Goal Setting, Five Year Plan – TBD
Avenue Q – November 5 -22, 2015
Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker – March 2016
Goodwill Drop & Go – April 2016

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Move in day for freshman at UMW. 8/24/2011. (Photo by Norm Shafer).
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