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Housing and Residence Life External Review


Shortly after joining SLU as the Vice President for Student Development, Dr. Sarah Cunningham launched an external review of the Department of Housing and Residence Life (HRL).  In her announcement about the review, she shared that this is an opportunity "to build on the tremendous foundation of dedication on how mission and education fuel our housing enterprise."

The external review was led by Deb Schmidt-Rogers, then-Assistant Vice President and Director of Residence Life at Loyola University in Chicago, and Olan Garrett, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Temple University, and included a mixture of in-person and virtual meetings with focus groups and one-on-one meetings. These meetings were both internal to HRL and with campus partners in other key places such as Enrollment Management,  Athletics, Facilities, our campus dining partners with Sodexo and more.

The review team hosted multiple opportunities for student engagement as well, both for student leaders and for HRL student staff.

Their time on campus was interrupted by the loss of one of our students. Much of the time they spent with us was complicated by the ongoing challenges we experienced individually and collectively as we grieved. The virtual follow-up conversations and time spent with the team was instrumental in making this review possible.

In sharing the following executive summary of the report with the HRL team, Dr. Cunningham shared, "I am extremely invested in the success of Housing and Residence Life and am committed to helping the team thrive in our shared values of serving our students. Student Development collectively is committed to the recruitment and retention of talented team members, and we are prepared to take the necessary steps in order to support many of the recommendations described in the review."

Key Details from the Recommendations

Read the Executive Summary Report 

Next Steps

The VP for Student Development and Director of HRL will co-host discussions with HRL leadership and staff, and will partner to develop an implementation plan for many of the recommendations. 

Please email with any questions.