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Our Curriculum

Mission Statement:

The Office of Housing & Residential Life cultivates a residential experience that is safe, supportive, and equity-minded by creating holistic growth opportunities that align with the Division of Student Life’s Mission.

Vision Statement:

The Office of Housing & Residential Life aspires to build a residential experience that is research driven and assists students in reaching their fullest potential.

Diversity Statement:

The Office of Housing & Residential Life is committed to establishing an inclusive and equitable residential experience that supports and celebrates every student within our communities.

Residential Curriculum

Educational Priority:

The Office of Housing & Residential Life works to create opportunities that promote holistic student development. Our students will identify their true sense of self, learn to appreciate and respect others, be academically successful, and develop transferable leadership skills.

Educational Themes:

  1. Personal Identity & Wellness: Personal Identity “Encompasses the memories, experiences, relationships, and values that create one’s sense of self” (Psychology Today Staff, 2022, p. 1). Wellness is the “active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health” (Global Wellness Institute, 2022, p. 1).
    1. Learning Outcomes: Students will…
      1. Identify personal identities and their relationship to societal norms/expectations.
      2. Examine how the Nine Dimensions of Wellness and their personal identities intersect and impact their overall health & wellness.
  2. Cultural Competence: Cultural Competence is “the ability of a person to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of various cultural backgrounds” (M. Guzman, Durden, Taylor, J. Guzman, & Poffhoff, 2016, p. 1).
    1. Learning Outcomes: Students will…
      1. Explore the diversity of values, beliefs, behaviors, traditions, experiences, and worldviews within a global context.
      2. Develop an appreciation for difference to positively navigate an increasingly diverse world.
  3. Academic Success: Academic Success is “engagement in educationally purposeful activities; acquisition of desired knowledge, skills, and competencies; persistence; attainment of educational outcomes; and post-college performance” (York, Gibson, & Rankin, 2015, p. 4).
    1. Learning Outcomes: Students will…
      1. Identify the various New Mexico Tech facilities and resources.
      2. Demonstrate the appropriate use of university resources for academic support.
  4. Leadership: “Leadership is the process of influencing others to achieve group goals” (Hughes, Ginnet, & Curphy, 2006, p. 19).
    1. Learning Outcomes: Students will…
      1. Examine various leadership styles and determine what leadership means to them.
      2. Identify strategies to effectively communicate, inform, inspire, influence, and negotiate with others.

Affinity Spaces

What is the Queer Affinity Space?  

The Queer Affinity Space is an inclusive queer and transgender students  community during your first and second year of college?  Queer Affinity Space is open to any students who identify with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, queer, Two Spirit, intersex, and asexual (or LGBTQIA+) community.

Students in this space are able to explore and express their whole selves, including their gender identities, expressions, and sexuality in a safe and affirming environment. There are two communities: a first-year and second-year community! The First Year space is in Torres Hall, and the Second Year space is in South Hall. 

What is the Womens' Affinity Space?  

The Womens' Affinity space provides women a place where they can thrive socially and academically. This community will provide students the opportunity to develop friendships with each other as well as supportive relationships with peer mentors, faculty, and staff within the Tech community. We seek to integrate academic and social support for women seeking degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students also have opportunities to network with professionals in the STEM fields and develop relationships while exploring a variety of interests and topic areas facing women today.