Residence Life at EMU
Life on a college campus can be exciting and transformative, AND it can be a big change for students! While you may be excited to grow more independent away from home, you may be nervous about living with a roommate and other people you've never met before. That is okay! We hope that in a short time, you will find belonging at EMU. Classroom learning is just one aspect of the unique educational experience provided by living on campus.
Life together at EMU offers a chance to:
- live and participate in a caring community
- build lifelong relationships with students and staff
- engage in programs that support learning
- live in a community of mutual accountability
- develop your ethical framework for life beyond EMU
Read more about our Life Together at EMU here.
Staff You Can Rely On
At EMU, you’ll find a campus community of caring people working to create a space of welcome as you move from one home to another. The Residence Life department’s mission statement is:
Building and enhancing a campus residential community that is welcoming and supportive of all, and that enhances the dignity and well-being of each member.
In addition to a university-wide Director of Residence Life, each residence hall has a Residence Director, who lives within the residence hall and is available to help in many ways. RDs are live-in, professional staff, sometimes enrolled in graduate programs at EMU. They provide counsel and opportunities to grow and learn, hold you accountable to community life standards, and help you adjust to this new place.
In most residence halls, you’ll find the RDs in the apartment(s) located on the main floor of the residence hall. Learn more about our staff.
Student Leaders Trained to Help
RDs work with several Community Advisors, or CAs, student staff who have been through a rigorous selection and training process, equipping them to serve as peer leaders and facilitators. Each residence hall is divided into units with student CAs as leaders, so there is always someone to turn to with questions or just to connect in friendship.
If you are interested in serving as a CA , Talk to your RD or CA and they can get you more information!
Living Together, Learning Together
EMU is committed to the education of the whole person (relationally, academically, spiritually, socially, physically).
To support this learning, the office of Residence Life has developed several learning outcomes for our Life Together:
- Applying New Knowledge - Connect new knowledge to lived experience and lived experience to academic engagement
- Balanced Living - Integrate personal identities and values that inform choices and support wholistic success
- Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice - Analyze and transform everyday conflict and relationships in a restorative way
- Dignity and Difference - Actively engage diversity with humility and respect; recognize the dignity of all races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, and neurodiversity
- Enjoying Healthy Relationships - Pursue sustainable and safe relationships with self, others, and communities that promote thriving for all