Division Learning Model
Student Life Mission
With a focus on students’ holistic development, the Division of Student Life partners with students, staff, and faculty to cultivate diverse and thriving communities. We provide support, mentorship, educational initiatives, and opportunities for identity exploration and leadership development to foster students’ academic success, well-being, and capacity to become life-long learners who contribute to an equitable society.
Our Educational Priority
As a result of their experience at RWU, students will meaningfully contribute to thriving and diverse communities.
Goals and Learning Outcomes
The Division of Student Life has identified four learning goals that achieve our educational priority.
The ability for students to understand themselves, their social group identities, their core identities and how their behaviors impact others. The development of their emotional intelligence, strategies for self-care, and a better understanding of themselves will support students’ overall well-being, their ability to be effective community members, and provides the foundation for them to achieve a purposeful and fulfilling life.
Relationships play a critical role in our overall well-being. Understanding the components of respectful, supportive and mutually satisfying relationships serves as the foundation for building meaningful connections. Developing communication skills that include conflict resolution, effective listening, compassion, and empathy will help students successfully navigate relationships with others.
Cultural humility is a process of self-reflection and discovery to build authentic relationships with people different from ourselves and serves as a basis for building a more equitable society. Developing cultural humility requires a life-long commitment to understanding one’s own assumptions, biases, and values; a willingness to admit mistakes; a desire to understand historical and current inequalities; and aspiring to develop partnerships with people and organizations who advocate for remedying inequity.
People who live in a thriving community feel cared for, acknowledged, and committed to giving back to their community and the people within it. We encourage students to make connections, foster a sense of shared purpose, work toward equity in community, and celebrate successes. A thriving community generates a sense of meaningful engagement and commitment to the greater good.