As such, the office provides our diverse and talented student body with living environments that extend learning beyond the studios, classrooms, labs, and recital halls. Residents of Purchase College will become connected and engaged leaders who value diversity, lifelong learning, and responsibility. 

Our department’s vision consistently supports the college’s motto Think Wide Open by challenging our students to engage with the college community, embrace collective and individual accountability, learn from and celebrate difference, promote inclusivity campus-wide, and maintain integrity and excellence in all they do. 

We seek to create personal and interpersonal opportunities that support students in becoming engaged and empowered citizens in an inclusive, diverse learning environment. Our belief is that engagement with the Purchase community will enhance students’ collegiate experience and enrich the overall campus environment.

The programming efforts by resident assistants fit into this larger picture as our department aims to engage students in the Purchase College community so that they feel welcomed, included, and invited to create meaningful relationships with those around them. The resident assistant role is integral in building community in our residential areas through our programming efforts and in helping to retain students as members of our community throughout their years of study at Purchase.