Welcome to Residence Education

The mission of Residence Education is to foster the academic, cultural, intellectual, personal and social development of students living in the residence halls and apartment communities, while encouraging and supporting one another's development. We work in partnership to continually improve our services and create a safe, inclusive and multicultural residential communities.

Almost 2400 students come to live with us in our graduate and legacy housing communities and approximately 9000 students come to live with us in our undergraduate residence hall and apartment communities. We have 57 full-time employees and 360 residence staff members who work hard to make our residence halls a thriving community!

Our Philosophies

Everything we do in Residence Education is rooted in our core philosophies. Talk to any of our professional staff for just a moment and you'll discover that our commitment to these principles is real and that they guide us in our everyday effort to build community. Below, find some of the key ideas that make us who we are. If you're as excited about community as we are and want to join the Michigan team, you can learn more indepth information about our philosophies.

Community Values

The core values of Residence Education are Community Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Restorative Justice. This document (note that the pdf opens very slowly so please be patient while we work to correct this issue) shows the relationship of the values and discusses their core concepts and relationship with each other. Our core values derive from our desire to create a community inclusive of all identities and one that holistically serves the needs of our residents.

Community Development

Our Community Development Model (CDM) is our primary tool used by professional and student staff to co-create positive, inclusive communities. Unlike some models which are driven by numbers and programming requirements, the CDM is an assessment-based model guided by two-week plans and supervision. The tenants of the CDM are:

  1. Get to know every resident very well;
  2. Assist residents in getting to know each other;
  3. Assess the needs of the community;
  4. Develop activities to address the needs that have been identified; and
  5. Assist residents in taking/sharing ownership for their community.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Social Justice is a way to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the residential community through education and community engagement. We strive to recognize the global society and diverse communities that our residents make up and by doing that create inclusive communities.

● Diversity is recognizing that we are all different and we make a unique community that should be celebrated.

● Inclusion is assuring that everyone has the space to feel comfortable and safe in who they are in our community. Inclusion is the feeling of belonging and being connected to the individuals and space around you.

● Social Justice allows us the opportunity to examine and be educated on power, privilege, and oppression within systems and the resources provided, advantages, and disadvantages based on those systems.

Restorative Justice

At Michigan, we believe student conflicts present an opportunity for learning, and the special environment of a residence community allows us to take advantage of that opportunity. That's why, when working to resolve conflicts, we begin first by inviting all parties involved to participate. We call this "restorative justice," a philosophy that acknowledges that when a person does harm, it affects the person(s) they hurt, the community and themselves. So instead of a punitive measure, we look for ways to repair the harm caused by one person to another and to the community, with the goal of restoring order in the best way possible for everyone.

Join Us in Ann Arbor

Naturally, we think Ann Arbor is an incredible place to do our work in Residence Education. And we're not alone. The New York Times calls us "the ultimate college town," raving about our "urban sophistication" and our "mix of restaurants, bars, boutiques, art-house movie theatres, and world-class art museums." Both Popular Science and Country Home magazine named Ann Arbor one of the "greenest" places in America. Our stages and concert halls attract a stunning array of musical talents, and in the summer the streets are transformed by not just one but four art fairs.

Interested in visiting? Ann Arbor is a college town that's very easy to get to and the perfect launch pad for trips. Detroit and Canada are short jaunts by car. Michigan's glorious Great Lakes are only a few hours away. And with Detroit Metropolitan Airport less than a half-hour's drive, you can wake up in Ann Arbor and be in New York by lunch, never leaving the Eastern Time Zone.

The Michigan Difference

For more about our professional staff positions and what Michigan can offer you, read about our leadership team.

University Housing is a unit of Student Life, and an equal opportunity educator and employer.

For housing related questions, please contact University Housing.
Email: housing@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-3164