Community development initiatives strive to foster reflective, meaningful, and authentic dialogue among community members in the residence halls in order to form men and women for and with others through transformational and inclusive learning.
Community Development is arguably one of the most important jobs of every RA on the Marquette campus. The Office of Residence Life believes that everything the RAs do in their position stems from building community, which is why our departmental mission statement is called the Philosophy of Community.
The Office of Residence Life model strives to support the educational mission of Marquette University to educate the whole person and put student formation and learning at the heart of the work in Residence Life. Students who live in the residence halls have a unique opportunity to interact and build relationships with others that will ultimately promote learning if students are challenged to engage in dialogue and reflect on experiences with others. Community Development Model is grounded primarily in Ignatian Pedagogy which “relates student learning and growth to personal interaction and human relationships” (Thon, 2013, pp. 37).
The community development model contains several different components, four of which serve the purpose of promoting dialogue among community members in the residence halls:
Thon S.J., Andrew J (2013). The Ignatian Imperative: Student Affairs Educations in Jesuit Higher Education. Milwaukee, WI: JASPA, AJCU, Marquette University College of Education