Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life

Residential Curriculum

The Loyola Experience at Home

The Residential Curriculum puts student learning at the forefront of the residential student experience at Loyola. By living in the residence halls, students will have the opportunity to learn important skills and knowledge that enhance their experience at Loyola.

Educational Priority Statement

The Department of Residence Life enhances the Loyola Experience by empowering our residents to live out Jesuit values. By engaging in the residential experience at Loyola, students will learn how to connect with their communities, build skills necessary for success at college, and commit to a personal worldview on faith, justice, and service.

Learning Goals

1. Connect With Community:

Residents will learn about Loyola’s culture, values, resources, and Community Standards, develop residential living skills, and learn how to engage in conflict management, build and deepen social connections, and get involved in their residential communities.  

2. Build Your Skills:

Residents will develop academic success skills, reflect on personal and professional goals, engage in exploration of Chicago, and learn about safety and wellness, healthy relationships, financial literacy, career planning, and sustainability.

3. Commit to Faith, Justice, Service:

Residents will learn about social justice, service and advocacy, and faith formation in the context of Loyola University’s Jesuit mission and values.

Educational Strategies

Under the guidance of professional staff, Resident Assistants (RAs) create educational strategies in the halls that accomplish learning outcomes associated with these learning goals. RAs employ a variety of educational strategies to accommodate different learning styles, including some of the following:

  • RA Program: General program in the residence hall facilitated by the RA
  • Guest-Facilitated Program: Program in the residence hall facilitated by a campus partner or outside guest
  • Dialogue Group: RA leads discussion in residence hall, acting as moderator and asking residents to discuss specific questions relating to a learning outcome
  • Field Trip (off-campus): RA brings students to an off-campus event or location
  • Take-To (on-campus): RA brings students to an on-campus event or location
  • Themed Conversation: RA has an intentional one-on-one conversation with each resident on the floor around a learning outcome
  • Presentation: RA creates a visual/verbal content that is distributed in a lecture style format
  • Bulletin Board: RA content turned into visual elements hung on board in a common space
  • Newsletter: RA creates electronic document with information distributed to residents via email
  • Visual Display: RA creates display (tri-fold, door hangers, posters in bathroom stalls, etc.) posted in community spaces
  • Digital Media Creation: RA creates original multimedia (video, podcast, song, play, etc.) and shares with residents on a specific platform (YouTube, podcast player, email, etc.)

Community Building and Residential Connections

In addition to these learning goals, RAs are expected to build community on their floors through social programming and getting to know their residents individually.  At least once per semester, RAs are expected to have a formal conversation with each of their residents, called a Residential Connection, where they ask specific questions about how the student is doing and get to know them in greater depth.  This allows Residence Life to tailor our programs and services to our residents needs, build deeper connections between RAs and students, and identify students at risk in a proactive manner.

Want to Learn More?

You can download the entire Residential Curriculum here: Residential Curriculum 2017-18.  If you have questions or want to learn more, contact Sam Siner, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Academic Support and Learning Communities, ssiner@LUC.edu.