Office of Residential Education

Residential Education Model (REM)

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Residential Education focuses on the entire student experience and fosters learning beyond the classroom. Implemented in the Fall 2020, the Residential Education Model is an intentional framework for on-campus living communities that furthers student learning and engagement at Oberlin College.

While living in Residential Education spaces at Oberlin College, students will participate in the Residential Education Model. As a result of participating in the Residential Education Model students will:

Supportive Systems    develop practical competence    Explore Identities    Engage in Communities

Regardless of where a student lives on campus in Residential Education housing, we want to ensure they are individually supported through the experiences they are moving through. Given this, we plan to utilize the following  learning strategies during each area of learning. Each area is designed for different modes of student learning.

  • Area Coordinator and RA Emails
  • Community Meetings
  • Community Agreements
  • Roommate/Housemate Agreements
  • Intentional Conversations
  • Bulletin Boards
  • Hall Council 
  • Newsletters
  • Educational Sessions

Student staff will host at least one community development strategy each week to develop community on their floor or house. Some of the community events include:

  • movie or game nights
  • attending campus events as a floor
  • cookie making socials
  • community service
  • study breaks
  • informal conversations 
  • impromptu dance parties
  • creating floor or house playlists
  • house or floor dinners
  • trivia competitions
  • trips to the Arboretum
  • poetry slams