Committees

Each professional staff member in the ORL is given the opportunity to participate in one or more departmental committees. Committees are responsible for setting a direction & developing initatives in a range of foundational areas. Senior Staff also have the opportunity to co-chair a committee with a central office director or coordinator after their first year of employment.

2018- 2019 Committees

Residential Education

Chair: Courtney Bazan Colvin (cmbazan@syr.edu)

Meeting Time: Thursday, 3pm

Location: ORL Confrence Room

Purpose: The Office of Residence Life's ResEd Vision Team focuses our work around the question 'What are our stduents learning?' through creating, ehnacing & implementing the ORL Blueprint - ORL's residential curriculum. 

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Leadership

Chair: Robin Berkowitz-Smith  (rberkowi@syr.edu)

Meeting Time: Thursday, 1:30pm 

Location: ORL Confrence Room

Purpose: Create, improve & implement a departmental Leadership Initiative that includes the development of learning outcomes, assessment strategies & connection to the ORL Blurprint. 

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Inclusion Education

Chair: Shaun Crisler & Arienne Milkles  (scrisler@syr.edu) (ajmilkle@syr.edu)

Meeting Time: Monthly

Location: ORL

Purpose: To create a community for staff & students where we celebrate multiple approaches & points of view in order to build a culture where differences are valued. 

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RA Recruitment & Selection

Chair: Arienne Milkles & Wendy Martinez (ajmilkle@syr.edu) (wmartine@syr.edu)

Meeting Time: Monday, 10am

Location: ORL

Purpose: To attract & retain student leaders who will help us foster a positive, safe, inclusive & supportive community within our residential experience.

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RA Training & Development

Chair: Karess Gillespie & Kirby Gibson

Meeting Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Purpose:

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Assessment & Stratrgic Planning 

Chair: Terra Peckskamp (tlpecksk@syr.edu)

Meeting Time: Thursday, 9am

Location: ORL Confrence Room

Purpose: To gather & disseminate information about the residential experience (what students learn, student satisfaction, staff feedback, etc.) to use for overall improvement and strategic planning; to manage the ORL assessment plan; to develop & implement strategic planning for the Office of Residence Life.

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Climate Assessment 

Chair: Terra Peckskamp (tlpecksk@syr.edu)

Co-Chair: Sarina Wallace (Boland Hall RA) (sawallac@syr.edu)

Co-Chair: Malaika Howard (Day Hall RA) (mhowa101@syr.edu)

Meeting Time: Friday, 1pm

Location: ORL Conference Room

Purpose: This committee was established to identify, assess & analyze strengths & weaknesses within the Office of Residence Life. Our group focuses on identifying trends in the department, creating viable action plans, & enacting sustainable change. 

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Professional Staff Training

Chair: Shaun Crisler & Arienne Milkles (scrisler@syr.edu) (ajmilkle@syr.edu)

Meeting Time: Monthly

Location: ORL

Purpose: Training provides time for our staff to build a foundation for department direction, establish expectations and examine our practices.

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Professional Staff Selection

Chair: Shaun Crisler & Arienne Milkles (scrisler@syr.edu) (ajmilkle@syr.edu)

Meeting Time: Monthly

Location: ORL

Purpose: To attract and retain student affairs professionals that are committed to student development and empowering student communities. Our professionals our the lifeblood of our department and they help to create a positive student experience.