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Getting Started

The Department of Housing and Residential Life values community as the heart of what we do and who we are.

Everything, including a successful event, begins with community. Before you plan an event, the most important two questions to ask yourself are:

  1. What kind of community do I want to have?
  2. Do I currently have a good community?
    • If I do, what am I doing well?
    • If not, how should I improve?
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    • Higher attendance at events
    • Fewer policy violations
    • Better grades
    • Less vandalism
    • More respect
    • A welcoming environment
    • Involved residents
    • More RA candidates
    • Satisfied residents
    • Stronger Hall Council
    • A successful RA
    • Residents who are not afraid to confront one another in a respectful way
    • What are my residents interested in?
    • What am I interested in?
    • Will this be primarily a social activity or will it be fun yet with an educational twist?
    • What do I already know about the topic?
    • What do I need to know more about the topic?
    • What roadblocks do should I anticipate and how can I work with them?
    • Why is this topic important?
    • What do I want to do at my event?
    • How do I want to do it?
    • How can I involve my residents in the planning?
    • Where?
    • What dates should I have it? 
    • Are there any competing events on that date?
    • What campus resources are available to me?
    • What off campus resources are available to me?
    • What type of funding is needed?
    • Who can I collaborate with?
    • What creative elements can I add to the event?