The Residence Life Department employs around 15 professional staff members in various capacities, from deans to directors to department assistants. While our jobs differ, our hearts are unified in our desire to promote student learning and faith formation for all Calvin students who call campus housing their home. To meet us, as well as others whose work connects with living communities on campus, visit the Residence Hall Leadership or Calvin Apartment Leadership pages, or see our “Contact us” page.
The Community Life Council (CLC), facilitated by the Resident Director, is composed of Resident Assistants, the Barnabas team, Cultural Discerners (CDs), Multicultural Activities Coordinators (MACs), Community Partnership Coordinators (CPCs), Residence Hall Executive Team (RHET). CLCs exist to embody the “ta panta” concept: that all of our work is interconnected and directed at the goal of student learning and growth towards discipleship in God’s all-encompassing kingdom. The CLC model puts a high value on community and partnership. All of this happens to better support God's redemptive work on earth and the overall mission of Calvin University.
Resident Directors are full-time staff members (not students) who reside in an apartment within each residence hall. RDs oversee the Resident Assistants, support student success, intervene during crisis situations, provide overall leadership for the community, oversee student conduct, and lead the Community Life Council.
The Resident Assistants (RAs) are paid upperclass student staff who live on each floor. They are well acquainted with the facilities and services at Calvin and are trained to help residents navigate college life and assist with challenges that may arise. Each one has demonstrated a desire to share their knowledge and experience with others in order to encourage them in their personal and spiritual growth. RAs are responsible for enforcing policies in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to studying and Christian community.
Social Events Teams (SET) are composed of a small group of first- and second-year students and the floor RA. The team plans floor outings and activities with the purpose of building relationships and developing a floor identity. Participating in the SET can be an excellent way to get involved with hall leadership and positively impact your community.
The Residence Hall Executive Team is made up of a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and publicity coordinator. The team is selected in the spring and serves their hall the following academic year to implement community-building events for the hall. Examples of RHET programs:
September – Chaos Day
September/October – community retreat (collaborative effort with CLC)
Campus Ministries hires a volunteer staff of Barnabas members who are responsible for providing weekly community worship and empowering small groups for Bible study, prayer, accountability and/or a book study.
The International Student Development hires volunteer staffs of MACs to engage residential communities in the areas of cultural engagement. Empowered by their Student Development mentor, MACs serve as liaisons between campus-wide programs (UnLearn week, Rangeela, International Treasure) and residential communities.
The Student Activities Office hires volunteer CDs to engage residential communities in the areas of cultural discernment. Empowered by their Student Development mentor, CDs serve as liaisons between campus-wide programs (movies, concerts, etc.) and residential communities. CDs also facilitate discussion around popular culture: movies, concerts and new albums.
The Service Learning Center hires volunteer staffs of CPCs. These students have committed to organizing residence hall service-learning partnerships with community organizations. Each residence hall has a unique partnership, ranging from tutoring to daycare to ESL to afterschool programs to playing games with those with special needs.
Student Academic Services hires a volunteer staff of Academic Help Ambassadors to help students practice academic faithfulness, achieve academic success and maximize their learning. In order to accomplish this, AHAs serve as a resource to students to direct them to academic offices, help them with time management and study skills, and work to create an environment where study is valued.
Residence Life hires a volunteer staff of Sustainability Coordinators to promote creation care in the halls. SCs attend SC meetings, assist with the planning of Mad Farmer Food Fest and Kill-a-watt, support campus events related to sustainability and encourage sustainable lifestyle practices.
The Area Coordinator (AC) is a full-time, non-student staff member who supervises the overall operation of the on-campus apartment community (including all of KE, the Timmer Studios and Alliance). She is responsible for enacting Residence Life’s mission within the apartments. The AC acts as an advisor to the RAs and other apartment professional staff and promotes adherence to community expectations. She works closely with the physical plant staff, as well, to ensure well cared-for facilities.
The Assistant Area Coordinator advises student leadership teams for the Knollcrest East apartments, developing programs for social, educational and spiritual development in cooperation with other departments on campus.
The Resident Assistants (RAs) are students who live in each apartment complex. They are well acquainted with the facilities and services at Calvin and are trained to help residents navigate college life and assist with challenges that may arise.
Each one has demonstrated a desire to share their knowledge and experience with others in order to encourage them in their personal and spiritual growth. RAs are responsible for enforcing policies in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to studying and Christian community. They will also plan activities for their specific apartment complex to encourage community between apartments.
The PAC members’ primary focus is planning social events for all the apartments that encourage residents to interact with their community. The PAC team is responsible for Mud Bowl (September), Light in the Night (October), Super Sundae Monday (monthly) and the Spring Banquet (April). They also work with the RAs in planning some educational programs including the Mad Farmer Food Festival. Besides these, a number of other events happen throughout the year.
The KESO team helps apartment residents get connected with our community partner, Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church’s ESL tutoring program. KESO’s role with this local program is to provide one-on-one tutoring with ESL students of all ages who are wanting to learn English, as well as become more conversant with the English language and gain confidence and a better understanding of American customs and culture. The tutoring takes place during the fall and spring semesters on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 4:15–5:15 p.m. at the Woodlawn CRC ministry center. This partnership could not happen without participation from apartment residents.