Residential Engagement Model

Residential Curriculum

Our Residential Engagement model is designed using current best practices around co-curricular student learning in higher education. By harnessing the power of a co-curricular approach and combining with the opportunity for experiential learning, our residential education staff provide learning and social opportunities through a variety of engagements.

Area Coordinators, our full-time residential education staff members, follow the same educational priority and learning goals when developing their building's residential education plans. This allows for all campus residents to experience the same learning goal(s) at the same time allowing for residents to have a shared learning experience regardless of which resident hall they live in. To allow for flexibility, each of our full-time residential education staff who oversee the residence halls create a building specific engagement plan for their building's student population each semester.

Our Education Priority

Residence Life cultivates an environment that promotes opportunities for students to become global citizens who are academically, civically, culturally, and personally responsible as engaged members of their current and future communities.

Our Four Learning Goals

  1. Academic Pursuit
    • Residence Life plays a crucial role in our students' academic journey by fostering an environment that bridges classroom learning with real-world experiences. Through connections to campus resources, we support students in achieving their academic and career goals beyond traditional academic settings.
  2. Belonging
    • Belonging at UMass Lowell means feeling connected, respected, and supported in both academic and social realms. A sense of belonging significantly impacts motivation, confidence, and achievement for a student. In Residence Life, we play a vital role in nurturing this through intentionally developed community activities and events.
  3. Citizenship
    • We define citizenship as the fostering of communities where everyone is respected and valued, where individuals understand their role in promoting a culture of respect, and where individuals take ownership of their living environment.
  4. Well-Being
    • Our concept of well-being is built on the understanding that the 6 dimensions of well-being (physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational, spiritual, and social) are essential to the support and care of our students and communities. Obtaining knowledge and developing skills that promote holistic self-care will benefit a student's overall college experience. Within Residence Life, we strive to provide access to opportunities for our students to develop well-being habits that can assist them in achieving lifelong wellness.