By choosing to live on campus at WestConn, you have joined the ranks of our CULTURE™, an exciting residential experience, one in which you take on greater leadership challenges, where your involvement carries rewards, where your academic life is supported by peer assistants and in-house staff resources, and your academic accomplishments are recognized and rewarded.
The Department of Housing & Residence Life at Western Connecticut State University will Create Undergraduate Learning Through Unique Residential Experiences. Through programs, activities, and initiatives, we strive to foster self-authored individuals. We believe this can only be accomplished with the active participation and support of our students, our department and the University community at large.
GOT CULTURE? WCSU DOES!
What are we doing in our Residence Halls to bring CULTURE ™ to life?
Discovering common interests
Developing community standards
RAs hold scheduled conversations with residents, using open-ended questions designed to help residents set goals, evaluate progress and discuss issues pertaining to their academic success.
A system of points are awarded to (or subtracted from) a resident student, based on participation in hall activities and leadership demonstrated. Points are used for tangible rewards, such as shirts, elimination of damage charges, special dinners, etc. They are also used to calculate priority in the room assignment process. Want to know how to get them? Click here.
Academic Resource Mentors (ARMs)
Student staff members who are selected through a rigorous application process and trained as assistants for resident students, providing resources and resource referrals, one-on-one work with individual students who are struggling with Satisfactory Academic Progress issues or Grade Point Average requirements, and who facilitate a variety of academic skill enhancement programs throughout the year.
Student volunteers with a 3.0+ GPA who offer assistance to students struggling in particular classes or programs. These students are identified in each residence hall via bulletin boards and signs near their doors, detailing the classes or topics in which they are willing to lend assistance. PASS members are available to students from all halls, whether a student lives in that hall or not.
A series of programs, continually being added to or amended, which either recognize academic achievement, provide skills’ building workshops, or enhance peer-to-peer relationships. Some of the initiatives currently in place are:
This program brings nominated faculty members into the residence halls to interact with students in their “home” environment. Students are able to get to know faculty members outside their normal classroom environment, as human beings rather than as strictly professors, while the profs learn more about the student as a whole person. Often the interaction is casual – discussions around the dinner table, for example, but can also be more formal, such as the professor presenting a program in the hall about a subject dear to their hearts.