First-year students at UWC-USA live with second-year students in the residential house and develop a keen appreciation for the traditions and practices that make our community strong.
With faculty living on campus as well, new students arrive on campus in the fall with a powerful support network already in place. We place a high priority on building relationships–it’s fundamental to the UWC mission–and the students increase their ability to forge relationships with people who come from very different places, speak different languages, and have different values. Driven by a commitment to the social and emotional wellness of our students, the residential life program provides students the chance to live the nine values that form the bedrock of our community.
While formal advising relationships exist between students and faculty, the informal opportunities to work together give students the chance to learn from faculty and residential life staff outside the classroom.
Faculty invite students into their homes, they cook together, go on hikes on the weekend, and have the chance to learn from each other. While our faculty and staff serve as role models for students, the faculty routinely cite the long and powerful friendships with students and former students as the most satisfying part of their jobs. UWC-USA is not a big community–about 200 students and 50 or so adults–so there’s always someone watching out, there’s always someone helping out.