Residence Life

Mission and Vision Statements

Mission Statement

The Office of Residence Life at Willamette University fosters safe, healthy, inclusive living-learning communities where students discover their passions, develop valuable skills, build meaningful relationships and commit to responsible citizenship.

Vision Statement

The Office of Residence Life at Willamette University seeks to be a leader among liberal arts colleges in the personal and academic development of students.

Core Values

Learning occurs continuously

Therefore, the Office of Residence Life provides a learning environment focused on supporting the academic mission of the institution, developing the educational potential of each student and providing related educational and scholastic support programs.

Respectful and responsible citizenship creates a valued community

Therefore, the Office of Residence Life promotes respect for all people and their belongings, the rights and responsibilities of individuals and all University standards through the development of interpersonal skills, consideration and accountability.

Environmental factors impact behavior

Therefore, the Office of Residence Life works with Residential Services to provide residents with a living environment that fosters both intellectual and personal growth in the belief that a positive environment promotes positive behavior. These offices, in cooperation with Physical Plant, Custodial Services, and Campus Safety, provide a properly designed, comfortable, well-maintained and safe living community.

Diversity contributes to an enlightened community

Therefore, the Office of Residence Life celebrates the value of all races, religions, sexual orientations, abilities, national origins, genders and ages. To foster an appreciation of differences and a valuing of individuals, the Office of Residence Life provides programs that educate students about various lifestyles and cultural backgrounds. We also strive to build a diverse team that will bring forth different perspectives and value systems to be more responsive to each individual in our community.

Committed student leadership is central to an involved citizenry

Therefore, the Office of Residence Life provides leadership education and advisor support in developing the leaders and constituents of the Greek and Residence Hall student government systems and provides the student population with a voice in the operation and maintenance of their living communities.

The professional and paraprofessional staff work with integrity

Therefore, the Office of Residence Life follows the ethical guidelines and goals of Willamette University, the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

An organization is responsible to its constituents

Therefore, the Office of Residence Life is committed to regularly and effectively communicating with all of its constituents including students, parents, alumni and institutional and national colleagues. Concerted efforts are made to proactively address the concerns of these constituents and to involve their recommendations in improving operations.