The Office of Residential Education strives to cultivate supportive and mutually respectful living communities by extending and facilitating learning and growth outside of the classroom. We challenge and empower residents to think critically, reflect continuously and identify their purpose at Bucknell and beyond.
Community Development Plan
Hall Councils should provide opportunities for residents to voice concerns, compliments and suggestions for improving their residential living experience, specifically to their hall/community. Under the guidance of the Hall Council’s Vice President for Residential Advocacy, residents should be encouraged to take ownership of their residential community and suggest ideas for improvement through organized town hall meetings, individual conversations with Residential Education staff and connections to make their residence hall a better place.
Hall/Community Councils will provide an array of programming geared towards the entire residence hall or area. Programs are not meant to replace the individual floor/hall programming efforts of RAs, but rather to supplement them by providing opportunities for residents in the building to get to know each other across floors/halls. Examples of events that may be sponsored by Hall Council would include movie nights, barbecues, talent shows and other programs targeted at gathering residents from across the building/residential area.
With the creation of Hall Councils, there are additional officer positions and numerous community representative positions. This provides a huge leadership opportunity for all students, including first-years. Additionally, the leadership skills gained in Hall Council will assist in the future. Many Hall Council members move on to other leadership positions on campus in their athletic team, fraternity or sorority, student organization and/or onto student leadership roles such as Residential Adviser, Orientation Assistant and Residential College Fellow. We strive to encourage community development that supports a welcoming, inclusive and encouraging atmosphere marked by openness, understanding and true caring.
We encourage community development that supports intentional interactions between faculty and students both inside and outside of the classroom. Our residential experience supports the academic mission of the university by creating opportunities for learning and academic engagement within the residence hall environment.
We encourage community development that supports the creation and cultivation of meaningful interpersonal relationships. By building a strong community students have a space to express themselves freely and openly. We recognize that social experiences provide excellent opportunities for growth and which enhance the sense of community in our residence halls and campus communities.
We encourage community development that supports the physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness of our residents. Our residential advisers and staff members are always available to talk, recommend other on campus resources and provide advice when necessary. We also offer programs throughout the academic year that students may find helpful to managing their physical, mental and emotional health while also learning how to balance their classes and activities and succeed at Bucknell and beyond.