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HRE's Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

Cultivating Individuals & Inclusive Communities

Our Vision

Housing and Residential Education at the University of Denver will cultivate individuals and communities through creating and fostering growth-centered and educational living environments and outreach programs. We will embody dynamic change and innovation within our core values of Diversity and Social Justice, Sustainability, and Student and Staff support and development.  We will represent and strengthen our core values in the following ways:

Diversity & Social Justice Vision:

  • Enriching social justice and diversity programming for students
  • Enhancing social justice and diversity training for all staff members
  • Creating and sustaining liaisons with other diversity groups on campus

Sustainability Vision:

  • Developing and promoting greener residence hall facilities
  • Providing educational opportunities focusing on sustainability for residents and staff
  • Inspiring residents and staff to consciously make environmentally—and socially-responsible decisions

Student Support & Development Vision:

  • Developing and enhancing innovative student programming opportunities
  • Increasing knowledge and impact of RHA and  residence hall leadership teams
  • Performing proactive and educational student conduct meetings

Staff Support & Development Vision:

  • Providing professional staff with the skills and confidence to excel in current and future positions
  • Advancing staff training in the areas of social justice, sustainability, campus relationships & dynamics, and positive organizational change
  • Expanding and improving the "Denver Placement Exchange"

Student Value Statement

Residential Education holds student support as a core value of our residential communities. We strive to offer students a quality and meaningful experience and want students to value and grow from their residential experiences. Responsibility to the community is encouraged through an educational conduct process and involvement in the community. Through educational and social programming, our residents will be exposed to new opportunities, new challenges, new communities, and new ideas that will enhance their education out of the classroom. We have student organizations that are student-led, student-focused and provide leadership opportunities for all residents. Housing and Residential Education believes students are at the core of our work and we seek to actively cultivate a collaborative and caring environment where students lead the way.

Staff Value Statement

The University of Denver Department of Housing and Residential Education is committed to providing training and resources to all of our staff. We are responsible for supporting and inspiring the lifelong learning and development of leaders and change agents, who will in turn enhance our community to reach its full potential. We acknowledge and embrace a diverse community comprised of students, faculty, staff, and others who we encounter in the course of our work. Housing and Residential Education staff will be provided personal and professional growth, honoring each individual's unique needs, contributions, and journey. We provide opportunities to build skills integral to the success of each member of our staff to succeed as student affairs professionals in the best traditions of the Division of Student Life and the University of Denver.

Sustainability Value Statement

We, the students, staff, and community members of the Housing and Residential Education Department of the University of Denver, recognize the critical importance of sustainability. We commit to environmental, social, and economic sustainability by pledging to "meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs" (Brundtland, 1987). We, as agents of change, will reduce our environmental impact through activism, empowerment, collaboration, and educational programming. In doing so, we view equality, diversity, and social justice as essential components of sustainability. We will work to engage all residents and staff to actively participate in sustainable practices to be leaders in stewardship as global citizens serving the public good.

Diversity Value Statement

The University of Denver Department of Housing & Residential Education believes that diversity is a core value of our residential communities. As such, we, the students and staff of Housing & Residential Education are committed to pursuing inclusive excellence and social justice through programming, dialogue, and actively embracing our individual and unique identities and differences as well as our commonalities. We support a pluralistic living environment in our residence halls that respects all voices and maintains human dignity through intellectual, social and emotional growth. We seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens through mutual understanding of race and ethnicity, religions, socio-economic classes, gender identity expressions, sexual orientation, physical and learning abilities, national origins, veteran status, and ages. In this way, Housing & Residential Education respects, promotes and advocates diversity, because we believe diversity lived is diversity learned.