Residence Life Office

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-4-23-23-pm A community where students realize their potential. Our Residence Life program provides opportunities that support student success and personal growth through community engagement, leadership development, and co-curricular experiences. We promote an inclusive, healthy, and enjoyable environment that inspires innovation and life-long learning.
THE WHAT, WHY, AND HOW OF RESIDENCE LIFE
Here in the Residence Life Office we make it our mission to create opportunities and supports for students to have fun, learn new things, and connect with other people and communities. Knowing that learning extends beyond the classroom, we believe that each student’s residence experience can play a hugely important role in helping them develop life skills that will ensure their continued success in the future. We want to support students to be as happy, healthy, and successful as possible as they start this new and exciting journey.
In Residence Life, we are committed to providing the best experience to all of our students. We do this through focusing on five Education Priorities. The Educational Priorities (outlined on next page) help guide Residence Life Staff, from Managers to CAs, in developing meaningful programming opportunities for students. Each Educational Priority includes measurable learning outcomes. As a CA, you will incorporate these outcomes through various means as you build your communities.

Educational Priorities

We value all members of our community – on-campus, local, and global. Recognizing the vital importance of community engagement as part of students’ personal, professional, and academic development, we strive to offer meaningful opportunities for students to connect with a variety of communities around issues of social justice. To create these innovative opportunities, we work to develop robust and sustainable relationships with partners on and off campus.
To get involved, email res.community@mcmaster.ca
We strive to create an environment that is welcoming, safe, and fosters respect amongst all students and staff within Residence. Residence Life Staff celebrate the rich diversity of McMaster by providing students with opportunities to explore and learn with their peers on personal values, and understand the impact every individual has within the community.
To get involved, email res.personalgrowth@mcmaster.ca
We believe in creating a safe space where our residence students are encouraged to utilize their problem solving and critical thinking skills by having positive interactions amongst their peers and within the residence community. McMaster Residence Life supports students’ personal journey as they transition into university life by providing opportunities to develop skills and abilities that will enable them to make healthy decisions, explore their leadership potential, practice self-awareness, and find personal balance.
To get involved, email res.personalgrowth@mcmaster.ca
We value a holistic approach to wellness that recognizes the health of the whole person. Residence Life Staff model healthy behaviours and offer opportunities for students to learn about and explore aspects of self-care, healthy relationships, mental and physical health, and personal balance.
To get involved, email res.wellness@mcmaster.ca
We work to uphold McMaster’s commitment to excellence in academics. We believe in bridging in-class learning and out of-class experiences through co-curricular programming that provides students with access to faculty and opportunities to put into practice what they’ve learned in the lecture hall. We are committed to providing a residence environment in-line with McMaster’s “Forward with Integrity” priorities by researching, evaluating, maintaining and improving the integrity of our programming, structure, and processes.
To get involved, email res.academics@mcmaster.ca