Students living on campus have a variety of choices when it comes to getting involved in their communities. Varying in the levels of commitment, involvement opportunities allow students to determine their own path for how they want to connect within their community and on campus.
What can getting involved do for you?
Getting involved in the residence halls/apartment complexes can lead to many other opportunities later in your college career and help you get one step closer to achieving your long-term goals. By getting involved, you will accomplish the following:
- Expand your social network by developing positive relationships with people in your community
- Identify and develop your leadership style and skills
- Plan activities and form Groups with your friends around personal and academic interests
- Be a positive influence within your residence hall/apartment complex community
Opportunities for Involvement
Groups are a fun and exciting way to get involved and find new friends within your residential community. You may either form a new Group or join a Group that is already in existence. Because Groups are based on common interests and passions, they are a great way for you to do what you love while finding other students with similar interests and sharing experiences with them throughout the year. To help students make the most of their Groups experience, there are funds available for Group usage in each community upon request. Learn more about how to start a Group by talking with your Community Advisor or by visiting the Groups website.
Social Justice Leadership Retreat
University of Minnesota Social Justice Leadership Retreat takes approximately 56 students and 18 facilitators away from campus for three days and two nights of amazing activities and storytelling. The goal of the retreat is to facilitate a journey for each student in exploring their own identities by sharing their personal story in their small group, listening to the personal stories of others, and attending training sessions on privilege, understanding personal identities, and what all of this means in leadership. Through exposure to theory and extensive experiential learning situations, students will accomplish the following:
- Gain new knowledge around social justice issues
- Sharpen skills of self-awareness
- Learn how to integrate what they gain from the retreat into their lives and into the lives of others
Learn more about the retreat and how you can sign up for this opportunity by visiting the Social Justice Leadership Retreat website.
We strive to provide students the ability to share their perspectives and feedback regarding the student on-campus experience. Students who are interested in helping shape the on-campus experience are encouraged to volunteer to serve as a member for one of the various advisory boards that convene each year. Serving on an advisory board is a great way to get involved in the decisions that are made regarding the student experience and make connections with other students and campus resources. In addition to these boards, each residence hall also has the option to send one resident to the Minnesota Student Association (MSA) to serve as their representative.
If you are interested in serving on any of the advisory boards or being your hall's representative for MSA, please talk with your Residence Director or Community Advisor.
Student Conduct Board
The Student Conduct Board provides an opportunity for students to serve the University community, develop life-long skills in facilitating and resolving conflicts, and promote civility and citizenship within the University of Minnesota community. The Student Conduct Board (SCB) is a peer board that resolves complaints against residents in a structured setting.
The role of this board during this process includes
- Determine the facts of the case (what happened according to the complainant, respondent, and witnesses)
- Decide whether these facts constitute a violation according to Housing & Residential Life's Community Behavioral Standards
- If a violation is found, recommend reasonable sanctions. The board will decide, in a closed deliberative session, whether the resident is responsible or not responsible for the allegations based on a preponderance of evidence and by a majority vote. Sanctions imposed by the board will also be decided by majority vote.
If you are interested in this leadership opportunity and serving as your hall's representative, please fill out the application.
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House or Floor Community
A "house" or "floor" is your base community within your building-wide community. This is the area that your Community Advisor (CA) supports within your residence hall/apartment complex. All ideas and input are welcome in creating the type of community in which you want to live. Your CA is available to help with your transition to life at the University of Minnesota and is committed in partnering with you in finding your success as a student.
At the beginning of each semester, your Community Advisor (CA) will host a house meeting that you won't want to miss. Your attendance at these events will be expected because your CA will share essential information about opportunities, discuss issues relevant to your community, and help you get to know other community members during these events. Please speak to your CA before the house meeting if you have a conflicting appointment.