The Residential Learning Initiative
Ana Aguilera Silva 14 and Professor Kim Daubman
Advancing a great tradition through Bucknell’s flagship residential learning model
Our students come together to live, learn, work and become better people in this classic college setting. Bucknellians are achievers, yet exceptionally driven to achieve together. Their collective energy, interests and ambition make this community an inspiring place where bonds of respect and friendship form that last a lifetime.
Bucknell is deeply committed to the ideals of residential education and an evolving co-curriculum suited to the needs of new generations of students. For the last 25 years, our Residential Colleges first-year program has been a standout residential learning model because of our intentional integration of a student’s academic and social development.
Through this initiative, we aspire to develop equally engaging programs for each year of a student’s Bucknell career to fully support their growth and personal development.
Opportunities in the Residential Learning Initiative
Residential learning endowment
Endowed funding would meet three goals that are critical to building on our winning model and expanding our Residential Colleges program.
- First, it will increase the number of students involved by paying for more support from student affairs staff and junior and senior peer mentors.
- Second, it will add more faculty-in-residence for the colleges themselves, increasing student-faculty interaction.
- Third, it will fund the addition of visiting experts, better integrating in- and out-of-class learning experiences.
New residential quad
This addition will be central to the distinct residential learning mission of Bucknell, and make the most of the new quad being formed by Academic West and Academic East south of Bertand Library. The complex will bring onto campus 240 students who currently live downtown.
Four residential halls, housing approximately 80 students each, will allow all but 250 of our students to live on campus and make possible a more complete residential community. Each residence will have suite-style apartments situated around a common room, providing a valuable living option for juniors and seniors as they prepare to transition into life beyond graduation.
Center for Leadership Development
The time has come for a central set of resources to help our students navigate, build on and make the most of the many leadership experiences available across our academic and residential learning programs.
The Center for Leadership Development will organize and provide a standout set of integrated leadership experiences in partnership with academic leadership courses and programs such as ILTM, our new athletics leadership academy and the Career Development Center.
With funding for a director, staffing support, faculty mentoring, leadership programming, and on- and off-campus leadership experiences, this center can leverage residential learning programs and cultivate as never before the special talent for leadership that characterizes Bucknell student culture.