ResLife Myth #1: Food is Necessary for Program Attendance

We’ve all heard it before: Residents won’t attend a program, particularly an educational program, unless there is food. While I’m not naive to the fact that food is a great draw, I do believe that we rely on food too much and that it often gets in the way of educating residents. Don’t get me wrong. I love food more than anyone. Ask any one of my friends on Facebook how often I post about food. There are many benefits to food in a community environment. Food is an excellent way of bringing individuals together. A… Read More

Dear RAs, I want you to STOP PROGRAMMING!

It’s time to move beyond the clichés and towards student learning centered work in our residence halls.  The residential curriculum model offers promise for conceptualizing some of our tired old practices.  It’s time for a curricular reboot!

Presenting at SUNY Geneseo today… An RA Intervention…

I have the immense pleasure to be presenting at my alma mater today, the State University of New York College at Geneseo.  They asked me to do a presentation to their Resident Assistants that’s spin on my blog post “RAs Are Not Educational Experts.”  Geneseo’s residence life program utilizes a model similar to that of a residential curriculum.  In this presentation (excerpt below) I try to break RAs of that nasty habit of “programming.” Now I’m off to get some Mia’s pizza…