Mission, Vision and Values
Mission Statement: Residential Programs fosters safe and inclusive living and learning environments beyond the classroom to holistically develop responsible global citizens.
Vision: To Involve. To Inspire. To Transform.
Engagement: We encourage intellectual and interpersonal connections within the residential community and beyond.
Development: We endorse healthy life balance that encompasses nurturing the mind, body, and spirit in order to maximize potential.
Responsibility: We seek to develop community members who live their values, are accountable to self and others, and reflect on the impact of their actions and behaviors.
Inclusivity: We foster recognition of commonalities and differences across a spectrum of identities and seek the perspectives not present in our pursuit of shared understanding.
Learning: We celebrate all experiences as opportunities for education by embracing inquiry and discourse to promote transformational growth.
At the heart of our mission is our dedicated team who strives to enhance the residential experience for Columbia students. Within RP, Resident Advisers (RAs) and Community Advisers (CAs) are the front line of a layered on-call resource system. RAs work in partnership with the Graduate Hall Directors (GHDs), the Associate Directors (ADs), the Director and the Dean-on-Duty to provide a comprehensive network of support. The 14 GHDs and 8 Professional staff members in RP serve the undergraduate residential community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All staff members are trained as generalists, focusing on active and empathic listening skills and the ability to connect to the emotion someone is experiencing.
Columbia students have the opportunity to make endless choices regarding their involvement within our community. However students choose to pursue their passions and spend their time out of the classroom, we hope they will make it a priority to actively involve themselves in each residential community of which they are a member.
Our staff partners with Housing Services and Public Safety to ensure the undergraduate residence halls offer an unforgettable living experience within New York City. We also work closely with the Center for Student Advising, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services, and Judicial Affairs and Community Standards to provide a continual web of challenge and support for our students.
To learn more about the comprehensive programs and services within our residential communities, we encourage you to continue to explore our website.