Learning Goals

Wesleyan University offers a variety of housing options based on a model of increasing independence. Through their residential experiences, students will hone skills in the following areas:

Mapping: Navigating Complex Environments 

The ability to examine the relationship of objects, concepts, subjects, and environments in the material and imagined worlds

  • Respect self and others
  • Support sustainable living practices 
  • Understand role within community and engage in constructive action toward community governance
  • Manage stress and time effectively by utilizing copying and time management skills and strategies

Expressing: Writing and Communication

The ability to express thoughts, ideas, and emotions to others effectively and concisely through various mediums and modalities

  • Exhibit effective listening, comprehension, and nonverbal skills
  • Write and speak effectively with attention to introducing self, tone, tact, coherence, appropriate language, and public speaking skills
  • Explain rationale for personal behavior through developed self-awareness
  • Comply with policies and procedures to be accountable and accept consequences for choices and mistakes

Mining: Empirical Analysis & Interpretation

The ability to use logical and empirical reasoning and methods to explicate, analyze, and quantify one's material and social realities

  • Use problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Engage with faculty and staff
  • Develop personal and educational goals and outcomes by identifying, analyzing and accessing information in a comprehensive manner
  • Articulate needs and utilize appropriate resources

Engaging: Negotiate Cultural Contexts

The ability to comprehend, appreciate, and negotiate human and cultural differences as well as the complexity of one's own relation and accountability to wider sociohistorical dynamics

  • Seek involvement with people different from oneself and value new ideas as well as cultural and lifestyle differences
  • Understand personal identities and privilege and how the interact within a multicultural society
  • Confront and bring awareness to the unfair or uncivil behavior of others, including stereotypes, microaggressions, and other biased actions
  • Develop cultural competencies through conversations about contemporary social justice movements