BUILDING A COMMUNITY TO BRAG ABOUT Office of Residence Life & Housing Bridgewater State University Developed by: Max Quinn & Tiffany HoytSpecial Thanks: Michelle DeMille, Erin Courville, & Beth Moriarty
What will you learn from this presentation? What a community is. Important parts of the community you can use to your advantage. Easy and realistic ways to improve your own community at any time.
A group of individuals whoreside in a specific location, share common rules andnorms, and have a common experience. What is a Community? How do you define it? How do resident students define it? Is there a difference?
Who are members of your Communities? Residents are key members of any community; until theirneeds are fulfilled they cannot contribute to the larger group.
Recognizing Community What are different types of communities? How can you tell when you have Community? Are we ever “done” building a community?
Boyer’s 6Principles of 1. PurposefulCommunity 2. Open 3. Just 4. Disciplined 5. Caring 6. Celebrative
Purposeful & Open¥ Whatis an example of a program you have been to, hosted, or heard of that is “OPEN”?
Tips and TricksGet to know a few people at a time--those 2 or 3people will introduce you to more of their friends and people they knowGet to know seeminglyunimportant things andtell them about yourself to get them to open up-what types of homework are they working on -how many siblings do they have -what is their favorite type of pizza
Just & Disciplined ¥ Share with us a program or event you have attended that can be defined as “JUST”?¥ How can your programming and presence in your halls supplement the principle of DISCIPLINE?
Tips and Tricks Sit in the hall to do your homework Keep your door openWhile walking around onduty, ask if your residentsneed anything or stop by to see how their night is going Address smaller concernslike offensive comments toencourage everyone to feel comfortable opening up
Caring & CelebrativeWhat is a example of a program that used the “CARING” principle? How do we define culture?What is the culture of living in a residence hall?
Tips and Tricks Shape your passive programming so it gets them to interact with each otherProgram with your residents Say hi to your residents when you see them elsewhere on campus Say hi to them in the morning or when you seethem in the bathroom (even if you look like you’re half asleep)
How can you do these things in your hall? Get into groups and brainstorm realistic ways you can use these principles to build community in your hall Think of: Times when you see your residents How your hall is set up Small changes you can make to your routine
What impact do you want to make? Tell us your thoughts! Thank you for learning with us!