Senior Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life, Renee Freedman
Renee oversees the department of residence life and housing and directly supervises the assistant director of residence life, as well as each of the house directors. This year in residence life and housing, staff have begun to implement restorative practices in their work, helping students to develop deeper relationships with their hall- and apartment-mates at the beginning of each semester. Restorative practices can also be used to resolve conflicts that arise between residents in their living areas. This year also brings the development of two new learning communities in the residence halls for first-year students: one concentrating on wellness and the other on social justice issues.
Assistant Director of Residence Life, Amy Parker
Amy provides leadership within residence life and housing to ensure a strong working relationship between HOO staff and house directors, helping to ensure cross-departmental cooperation and understanding. Additionally, Amy is responsible for the oversight of the housing operations office (HOO). She supervises the four housing operations assistants, and together they implement the residential operational systems necessary to ensure a well-maintained, safe, healthy, and secure living area for students. The staff administers all student housing assignments and room choosing; manages early arrival and late stay requests; processes and tracks residential repair requests and billing; replaces lost keys and provides lock-out assistance; and administers compliance to fire, health and safety policies.
Currently the housing operations office is working on raising community awareness and understanding of housing policies and streamlining their procedures.
Housing Operations Assistants
Each residential area has a house director who provides the principal leadership for that area. These persons live within the residence halls for which they are responsible and, as part of a campus-wide rotation, provide 24-hour response for after-hour concerns and crises. During office hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), house directors meet with students to provide non-clinical counseling and relational support for individual and groups. They help to problem-solve and mediate difficult living situations and are responsible for communicating and enforcing residential policies. When not engaged in these activities, house directors strive to build community within their residential areas by providing social and educational activities. In addition, house directors supervise a group of “interns” (see below), the student members of our residence life and housing staff.
Each residential area has a team of student employees we call “interns.” Interns live among and support the residents of a specific section of their residence halls. Interns provide peer-to-peer support to their residents, communicate and facilitate compliance with Hampshire’s community norms, facilitate meetings within halls and apartments, and plan and host community-building events of all kinds.
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