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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE SOCIETY EXECUTIVE TEAM MEMBERS IN STUDENT AFFAIRS (Term: Fall 2021-2024)

The Residential College Society Executive Team seeks two individuals to replace two outgoing team members: Sarah Kelly and Trish Gomez. The positions will be held for a term of three years and are eligible for renewal once. Applicants should hold a position in student affairs. Applicants must have experience with residential colleges and/or a residential college model and be affiliated with a postsecondary institution.

In submitting an application, individuals agree to commit to the following:
— Attendance at annual Residential College Symposium as well as pre-symposium meeting of RCS Executive Team*
— Attendance at in-person meeting of RCS Executive Team meeting on the campus of the upcoming host institution, typically during May or June*
— Participate in bi-monthly virtual Executive Team meetings

*Depending upon applicable COVID-19 restrictions, the Symposium and RCS Executive Team Meeting may meet online.

To apply:
Submit a current CV and letter of application.  Letter must include candidate’s experience with residential colleges, anticipated contributions to the Society and the Executive Team, a willingness to meet the above commitments, support from home institution for travel to RCS and Executive Team meeting, and overall interest in serving on the RCS Executive Team.

Applications should be submitted electronically to RCS Executive Team Co-Chairs: Dr. Shannon Lundeen, slundeen2@elon.edu; and Dr. Carl Krieger, ckrieger@purdue.edu.

Applications must be received by: Monday, March 1, 2021.

ADD YOUR LEARNING COMMUNITY TO A NEW DIRECTORY

In 2015, an article titled “It Is Time to Count Learning Communities” written by Jean Henscheid was published in Learning Communities Research and Practice. The National Learning Community Collaborative* seeks to respond to this call with the intent to build a broad-based directory of linked-courses learning communities, coordinated studies programs, living-learning communities, and residential colleges that will become available to the public. In an effort to prepare this directory, we hope institutions will respond to this brief inventory. We encourage recipients of this inventory to forward this inventory to colleagues who oversee and facilitate other learning community efforts. As this directory is established, institutions will be able to search programs in both their state and region in an effort to build community across institutions, learn from one another, and explore the possibility of sharing resources. Thank you in advance for your contributions to this directory.

To be included in the directory, please submit details about your program(s) here.  We anticipate this form will take 5-10 minutes to complete for each program.

*The Directory is hosted by The National Learning Community Collaborative. The Collaborative is a cohort of learning community (LC) practitioners and researchers representing the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education, the Learning Communities Association (LCA), the ACUHO-I Academic Initiatives Conference, the National Learning Community Consortium (NLCC), the Residential College Society (RCS), the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students In Transition (NRC).


THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING COMMUNITIES IN THIS TIME OF A GLOBAL HEALTH CRISIS

The National Learning Communities Collaborative has written a statement about the critical importance of learning communities in this time of a global health crisis. The Residential College Society endorses this statement and we urge RCS supporters to share it with your colleagues and with your institutional leaders.


STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD AND COUNTLESS OTHERS

The motto of the Residential College Society, cohabitantes discamus, “dwelling together, let us learn,” is the foundation of our community. In the spirit of this ideal of striving towards truly inclusive communities, we wish to state with one voice that the Residential College Society denounces systemic racism in all its forms along with the hatred, injustice, and violence it spawns in our society.

We grieve with those who mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others and stand with those who give voice to the anger, frustration, and sadness in Black communities for the countless examples of systemic racism in our society.

We support our colleagues and students who are exhausted by living this reality. As an organization committed to transforming higher education, the Residential College Society will critically assess how and where we are perpetuating structural racism and how we can advance anti-racist practices, thought, pedagogy, and scholarship.

We acknowledge that higher education in the US and the Residential College model were built by white men and for the success of white men. Though we cannot change the past, we must commit to examining our existing structures and work towards racial and social justice to ensure that black students have the support and community they so rightfully deserve within our residential colleges and on our campuses.

#saveblacklives #BlackLivesMatter


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Transforming higher education by advancing the Residential College experience

Motto
Cohabitantes Discamus “Dwelling together, let us learn”

Mission
The Residential College Society seeks to transform higher education by providing a learning network for faculty and student affairs educators to share knowledge, build community, and advance scholarship about the residential college experience.

Pillars
The initiatives, programs, and services of the Residential College Society are focused on four primary pillars:
* Experience
* Scholarship
* Knowledge
* Community

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