Department of Residential Life

Joe Harper Kowalczyk, Resident Director for Foss and Pflueger Halls: “While I have been at PLU, I had the opportunity to explore my professional interests to discern potential next steps in my career. For example, I was able to create and launch the First in the Family Community, which serves first-generation college students. This connects to my interest about education access.”

Kat Slaby, Resident Director for Hong and Hinderlie Halls: “I have been able to get involved outside of Residential Life in unique and fun ways that interest me, such as the Explore! retreat (a first year experience retreat) as well as presenting to first year students in the Emerging Leaders program. Another passion of mine involves study away. I was able to co-facilitate a Returner Reflection series seminar this past fall. It was a series that met once a week for 5-6 weeks with students who were returning from a study away trip. During each session we actively reflected with the students on their experiences and worked through challenges that they were still experiencing in their transition back into PLU culture.”

Resident Directors do so much at PLU beyond the Residential Life department. PLU is an incredibly collaborative campus that provides opportunities for Resident Directors to gain a wide variety of professional experiences. Below are just a few examples of ways in which RDs have collaborated across the institution.

  • Planning Residential Life Institute (RA/CA Training)
  • Planning and facilitating new student staff (RA/CA) hiring process
  • Planning and facilitating new professional staff (RD) hiring process
  • Creating new themed communities (e.g., First in the Family Community, Kreidler Community in collaboration with Student Involvement and Leadership) and events for those communities (e.g., Social Action and Leadership Alternative Spring Break)
  • Planning and coordinating the Intentional Individual Interaction (Triple I’s) process as part of the community development model
  • Participating in the Residential Life marketing and assessment strategic planning
  • Advising Conduct Review Board in cooperation with PLU’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Planning and facilitating Student Leadership Institute (for student leaders across campus)
  • Participating in/facilitating Student Involvement and Leadership Retreats: (e.g., Students of Color Retreat, Men’s Retreat, Women’s Retreat, Queer Student Retreat
  • Present/facilitate for Emerging Leaders Program Series and/or EXPLORE! Retreat
  • Facilitating Returner Reflection Series
  • Facilitating Green Dot trainings
  • Programming with the Men’s Project
  • Serving as an On the Road guide for New Student Orientation
  • Advising Relay for Life
  • Advising LuteFit
  • Serving as a New Student Registration counselor
  • Co/Instructing or presenting for a PSYC 113: Educational and Career Planning section
  • Act Six Mentor
  • Club Advisor
  • Collaborate with Student Media (e.g., RDs have had DJ shows on LASR [Lute Air Student Radio])