Mission Statement

Residential Living will cultivate a supportive living and learning environment for all residents that encourages community development, personal growth, and academic excellence.


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Purpose Statement

The Office of Residential Living provides housing for Washburn students in on-campus facilities. Residential Living provides support for students making the transition to college and to the Topeka area, and works to provide opportunities for student growth and leadership. The office also provides an off-campus referral service to address the needs of our other Washburn students and to assist them in their transition into the Topeka community. During the summer months, the residence halls serve as summer housing for students and for university and community summer conference groups.

Students' learning at college should be pervasive both in and out of the classroom.  In Residential Living, we work to provide programs for students to help encourage learning and development outside of the classroom based on Residential Living's Core Values (listed below).  Programs are events and opportunities implemented by our Resident Assistants for students that can fall under any of these core values.  Past programs have included anything from community game nights to international dinners to presentations on effective time management.

  • Community
  • Life Skills
  • Scholarship
  • Diversity
  • Service
  • Wellness

In 2004, a team of student affairs professionals presented seven broad categories of learning outcomes in Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience (NASPA/ACPA). 

The following student learning outcomes are organized within these categories.

Cognitive ComplexityStudents will learn to...

  • foresee the consequences of their actions
  • articulate their ideas while respecting contrary ones
  • think independently and make decisions for themselves
  • process information regarding housing needs and requirements

Knowledge Acquisition, Integration, and ApplicationStudents will learn to...

  • use knowledge gained from classroom and extracurricular experiences and apply it to their residence hall community living
  • identify and utilize appropriate campus and life resources
  • internalize and follow basic college policies
  • recognize the 6 Core Values as a means to well-rounded living

HumanitarianismStudents will learn to...

  • respect, value, and appreciate diversity in the broadest sense
  • understand their personal identity and how it relates to their community
  • engage in discussion around sensitive issues
  • acknowledge the effect of past experiences on individual perspectives

Civic EngagementStudents will learn to...

  • recognize their personal impact on individual Washburn community members (students, faculty, and staff) and the community as a whole
  • recognize the importance of community standards
  • implement strategies for coexisting with others in a common living space
  • connect to the community outside of their residence hall
  • recognize effective leadership skills and opportunities to develop as leaders

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal CompetenceStudents will learn to...

  • communicate thoughts and feelings effectively
  • effectively manage and deal with conflict
  • recognize the role of collaboration and interdependence in community living
  • set boundaries in living situations and environments
  • navigate mature relationships

Practical CompetenceStudents will learn to...

  • make healthy lifestyle choices
  • effectively prioritize and manage their time commitments
  • perform basic life skills (i.e. laundry, cleaning, etc.)
  • follow safety procedures and the importance of such procedures

Persistence and Academic AchievementStudents will learn ...

  • to set goals and utilize strategies to obtain them
  • the role that residential living plays in their education
  • to prioritize academics as the central aim of their education
  • to study effectively in a residential college environment

GET IN TOUCH WITH Residential Living

Residential Living
Washburn Residential Living Office
Living Learning Center
1801 SW Jewell Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone & Email
(785) 670-1065
Fax : (785) 670-1186

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