Who We Are
Cultivating Individuals and Inclusive Communities
Our mission at Housing & Residential Education (HRE) is to cultivate individuals & inclusive communities. Our team envisions providing every resident with the programs, facilities, and opportunities that contribute to academic success and growth. Our team is guided by core values of Diversity & Social Justice, Sustainability, Student Support & Development, and Staff Support & Development. These core values take many different shapes and forms, including the inclusive environment we strive to create for all members of the residential and DU community. We emphasize education that centers on sustainability and diversity, and we aim to empody those values in our overarching support for student and staff professional development.
Cultivating Individuals and Inclusive Communities
Housing and Residential Education at the University of Denver will cultivate individuals and communities by creating and fostering growth-centered and educational living environments and outreach programs. We will embody dynamic change and innovation within our core values of Diversity and Social Justice, Sustainability, and Student and Staff support and development.
Driven by Core Values
We are guided by our core values that prioritize a commitment to DU students, staff, sustainability, & diversity. We strive to offer students a quality and meaningful experience and want students to value and grow from their residential experiences. We, as agents of change, will reduce our environmental impact through activism, empowerment, collaboration, and educational programming. In doing so, we view equality, diversity, and social justice as essential components of sustainability. HRE is committed to pursuing inclusive excellence and social justice through programming, dialogue, and actively embracing our individual and unique identities and differences as well as our commonalities. We acknowledge and embrace a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and others who we encounter in the course of our work. This is why HRE staff will be provided personal and professional growth, honoring each individual's unique needs, contributions, and journey.
Diversity & Social Justice
The University of Denver Department of Housing & Residential Education believes that diversity is a core value of our residential communities. As such, we, the students and staff of Housing & Residential Education are committed to pursuing inclusive excellence and social justice through programming, dialogue, and actively embracing our individual and unique identities and differences as well as our commonalities. We support a pluralistic living environment in our residence halls that respects all voices and maintains human dignity through intellectual, social, and emotional growth. We seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens through mutual understanding of race and ethnicity, religions, socioeconomic classes, gender identity expressions, sexual orientation, physical and learning abilities, national origins, veteran status, and ages. In this way, Housing & Residential Education respects, promotes, and advocates diversity, because we believe diversity lived is diversity learned.
- Enriching social justice and diversity programming for students
- Enhancing social justice and diversity training for all staff members
- Creating and sustaining liaisons with other diversity groups on campus
We, the students, staff, and community members of the Housing and Residential Education Department of the University of Denver, recognize the critical importance of sustainability. We commit to environmental, social, and economic sustainability by pledging to "meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs" (Brundtland, 1987). We, as agents of change, will reduce our environmental impact through activism, empowerment, collaboration, and educational programming. In doing so, we view equality, diversity, and social justice as essential components of sustainability. We will work to engage all residents and staff to actively participate in sustainable practices to be leaders in stewardship as global citizens serving the public good.
- Developing and promoting greener residence hall facilities
- Providing educational opportunities focusing on sustainability for residents and staff
- Inspiring residents and staff to consciously make environmentally—and socially-responsible decisions
Student Support & Development
Residential Education holds student support as a core value of our residential communities. We strive to offer students a quality and meaningful experience and want students to value and grow from their residential experiences. Responsibility to the community is encouraged through an educational conduct process and involvement in the community. Through educational and social programming, our residents will be exposed to new opportunities, new challenges, new communities, and new ideas that will enhance their education out of the classroom. We have student organizations that are student-led, student-focused, and provide leadership opportunities for all residents. Housing and Residential Education believes students are at the core of our work and we seek to actively cultivate a collaborative and caring environment where students lead the way.
- Developing and enhancing innovative student programming opportunities
- Increasing knowledge and impact of RHA and residence hall leadership teams
- Performing proactive and educational student conduct meetings
Staff Support & Development
The University of Denver Department of Housing and Residential Education is committed to providing training and resources to all of our staff. We are responsible for supporting and inspiring the lifelong learning and development of leaders and change agents, who will in turn enhance our community to reach its full potential. We acknowledge and embrace a diverse community comprised of students, faculty, staff, and others who we encounter in the course of our work. Housing and Residential Education staff will be provided personal and professional growth, honoring each individual's unique needs, contributions, and journey. We provide opportunities to build skills integral to the success of each member of our staff to succeed as student affairs professionals in the best traditions of the Division of Student Life and the University of Denver.
- Providing professional staff with the skills and confidence to excel in current and future positions
- Advancing staff training in the areas of social justice, sustainability, campus relationships & dynamics, and positive organizational change
- Expanding and improving the "Denver Placement Exchange"
Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE)
A Community of Care
One of the many benefits of attending DU is that the entire SAIE team is committed to student experiences. HRE is not only dedicated to students' residential living experiences but we are also dedicated to SAIE's mission and the growth of the DU community as a whole. Be assured that students at DU will get support in all aspects of life and SAIE be there to support you every step of the way. Here are some of the departments that you might connect with during your time as a student:
Health & Counseling Center
Prioritizing your mental and emotional health is essential to your overall well-being and your academic success. If needed, HCC is here to provide you with support including individual and group counseling to help manage stress and other issues as they may arise.
Outreach & Support
The safety, health, and well-being of all students is our top priority at DU. The Student Outreach & Support team exists to connect you with resources to help navigate challenging situations, as well as create a plan of action to meet your goals.
Disability Services Program
The DSP staff is here to help support you with accommodation requests, implementation support, and general information. The DSP team is dedicated to helping you reach success in every aspect at DU.
Collegiate Recovery Center
Every individual's recovery journey is uniquely personal. At the CRC, we provide an inclusive community where students in recovery have the opportunity to connect, make friends, and engage in sober events.
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