Department of Residential Life
About Residential Life
Residential Life Mission Statement
The mission of Residential Life is to create a safe, inclusive and intellectually dynamic residence hall experience that empowers students to utilize their skills and talents in service to local and global communities.
We strive to fulfill this mission by:
- Supporting formal and informal leadership opportunities designed to create a community of residents who are interdependent on each other.
- Connecting what is learned in the academic arena with the life skills learned outside the classroom.
- Being intentional in our interactions with residents about policies, procedures and community standards.
- Fostering environments that are supportive and celebrative of every student.
Residential Life Guiding Principles
- Holistic Learning: We work to create learning opportunities for students that prepare them to be reflective, thoughtful and intentional lifelong learners.
- Collaboration: We recognize the value of multiple perspectives and we will seek out opportunities to incorporate our faculty, staff and student voices to build collaborative relationships that increase our ability to impact the students.
- Diversity: We value a vibrant campus environment that celebrates the inherent dignity of each individual and promotes an inclusive community that exposes students to new ideas and backgrounds.
- Sustainability: We are committed to developing and implementing sustainable practices that inform and educate the campus community in a continued effort to reduce our ecological impact at the individual, local and global level.
- Engaging Communities: Student learning and development is enhanced when it occurs in the social, academic, and institutional contexts of the student’s life. We work to create residence hall communities that provide space for students to actively engage in their own learning process where the social, academic, and institutional contexts merge.
Mercy Daramola, Resident Director for Stuen and Ordal Halls: “Our department is one that strives hard to provide the best experience possible for students, parents, colleagues, and one another. From the RD’s to the support staff to the students, the care for creating safe, healthy, supportive and inclusive communities is reflected in all we do. We have been committed to recruiting professional staff members who balance administrative work with the patience to support students through challenging experiences, all with the development of the students in mind.“
Students Living On-Campus:
At any given time, nearly 50% of the full-time undergraduate student body is housed on campus, with approximately 85% of all first year students in residence. PLU requires students to live on campus until they have reached junior status or 20 years of age (unless they are living at home, within 30 driving miles of campus, with parent(s), spouse or child. Once released from this requirement, 31% of residential students entering their 3rd year at PLU and 18% of students entering their 4th year remain in campus housing. While some of our students choose to move to privately owned houses and apartments surrounding campus, they maintain a strong sense of identification with their original campus living community.
As a part of our Occupancy/Marketing Initiative this year, Residential Life has increased its strategic presence on-line. Learn more about the culture and activities of our department by checking out our social media!
Melissa Williams, Resident Director for Harstad Hall: “Res Life at PLU is an open and fun department to work for. I love having people who care not only for the work I do but also about me personally! Everyone always has a smile and a positive outlook and wants to know how your weekend went. The Central Staff truly want to be helpful and support the RD’s and students we work to serve.”