When students come to college, they are prepared to do a lot of learning in their classrooms, studios, labs, and even on athletic fields and stages. However, not many of them consider that life in their residence halls contains a lot of opportunities to learn as well.
Denison’s approach to residential life very intentionally creates memorable moments. The college recognizes that students are always learning — in the classrooms, during activities, and even in their dining halls and rooms, as they hold conversations, build friendships, and gain understanding of what the world looks like from another point of view.
Students and residential staff work to build authentic communities that encompass a wide range of perspectives and needs. Students have autonomy and responsibility, as well as support in that process. We learn by doing, trial and error, failure and triumph. Residential communities are a laboratory for life.