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Res Ed Curriculum

What is a Residential Curriculum?

The purpose of our residential curriculum is to create a comprehensive educational experience for students living on campus in Hunter Hall. This approach integrates academic and social learning by providing students with high-impact opportunities to Live, Learn, and Engage. The curriculum is designed to enhance the student experience by fostering a sense of community, promoting student connection, and providing opportunities for leadership development. The essence of this curriculum aligns with the vision and approach of the League of the Rising Hawks initiative, as well as the institution's mission and vision in preparing students for success in their personal and professional lives.

Residential Curriculum Framework

Our residential curriculum is guided by three foundational theories.

Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs (1954) speaks to an individual's physiological needs, safety needs, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization.

Sanford Psychosocial Development Model (1966) navigates a student's three development conditions: Readiness, Challenge, and Support.

The Social Change Model (SCM) of Leadership Development (1994) approaches leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change. Further, this theory examines eight critical values - Consciousness of Self, Congruence, Commitment, Collaboration, Common Purpose, Controversy with Civility, Citizenship, and Change.

Educational Strategies

We strive to prepare and empower students (residents) to learn and develop through four educational strategies. These educational strategies, learning and program outcomes guide our work and how we approach students making meaning of their on-campus residential experience in Hunter Hall.

Educational Strategy One: Academic Success

Residents will engage in co-curricular experiences in and outside the classroom that support their academic journey throughout their collegiate career.

     1. Recognize appropriate campus services and resources to enhance 
          academic excellence.
     2. Craft S.M.A.R.T. academic goals that support their career path.
     3. Identify and reflect on their professional goals through participation in
          career development opportunities.

Educational Strategy Two: Leadership Development

Residents will take advantage of various high-impact programs and opportunities aimed at growing and stretching their leadership skills.

     1. Discover their leadership style and skillset through participation in
          leadership programs, inventories, and workshops.
     2. Identify skills and competencies associated with effective leadership,
          including, communication, goal setting, teamwork, and team
     3. Define the importance of leadership roles and relationships within the
          Residence Hall Association (RHA) and housing department as a whole.

Educational Strategy Three: Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competence

Residents will grow their interpersonal (healthy relationship-building, interdependence, etc.) and intrapersonal (self-discipline, overcoming barriers, etc.) competencies, with a central focus on their health and well-being.

     1. Describe personal strategies that support their overall health and well-
          being (emotional, financial, physical, social, etc.).
     2. Demonstrate interdependence and relationship-building skills
          throughout various Hunter Hall programs, workshops, and initiatives.
     3. Identify ways to address conflict and overcome stressors/barriers to
          personal growth and success.

Educational Strategy Four: Community Engagement

Residents will explore strategies and opportunities to stay present, connected, and engaged within the campus, local, and global communities.

     1. Recognize campus and community resources centered on active 
          citizenship, global perspectives, and public service.
     2. Demonstrate awareness and knowledge to engage others from different
          backgrounds, beliefs, and life experiences.
     3. Describe the importance of advocacy and support resources for societal
          structures and systems that are different from oneself.



  • Student Housing and Residential Life

    Phone: 281-283-2615

    Hunter Hall
    635 Bayou Road
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office hours:
    Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.