Residential Programming and Engagement
Residential and Student Life provides our students with holistic, planned, and meaningful experiences.
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.
As students become acclimated to Purchase College, their Resident Assistants (RA) are tasked with gauging the residents’ needs, interests, and experiences through intentional conversations with their respective residents.
Within our educational strategy to improve our students’ overall college experience, RAs catalog each interaction and use it to enrich the student’s experience through educational programming, and fostering meaningful relationships with others on campus, and with essential campus resources.
Each day we provide residents with fulfilling opportunities to challenge themselves in crucial conversations, in-dependency, relationship building, and learning new skills from their peers. Our staff strives to maintain open dialogues with our residents to inspire new ideas, and think wide open.
We encourage creativity and self-discovery through our programs.
Programs, Programs, Programs!
Residential and Student Life Resident Assistant staff put on over 300 programs per year in the residence halls and apartment areas!
RAs thoughtfully plan programs based on the various educational topics and social opportunities, intentional interactions with residents, the community’s interests, and community-based needs.
Our educational approach to programming, bulletin boards, and intentional conversations are to ensure we are inclusive of our diverse student population.
Check out some bulletin boards and programming from our very own students.