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Get to Know ResLife

Listen to our recruitment webinar above, which was recorded live on Monday, March 9th, 2015 to prepare prospective Residence Director and Assistant Director candidates in preparation for The Placement Exchange in New Orleans, LA.

Our Staff

The Department of Residential Life consists of a team of full-time professional staff, graduate students, and undergraduate student leaders who have dedicated themselves to our departmental mission and acting in accordance with our values. Click here to learn more about the individual members of our team.


The Department of Residential Life strives to create a safe and inclusive residential environment which develops and supports opportunities for intellectual and social development and prepares students to become purposeful contributors to our global society.


To be the global leader in the development of living learning environments that translates all learning into purposeful action.


  • Community Development: Residential Life will create an environment where students are actively involved and demonstrate concern and respect for those within their community.
  • Academic Engagement: Residential Life will provide an environment that fosters dialogue and learning outside the classroom and encourages students in their academic endeavors.
  • Inclusion: Residential Life will provide an environment that challenges students to acknowledge and overcome their assumptions in the pursuit of mutual respect for members of differing cultures, life experience and beliefs.
  • Citizenship: Residential Life will support the growth and development of respectful and responsible global citizens.
  • Experiential Learning: Residential Life will assist students in the process of applying direct experience to their learning.

Departmental Committees

Resident Assistant Selection & Training Committee

This committee is responsible for all aspects of RA recruitment, selection, training and evaluation. This includes marketing the position, coordinating, planning and scheduling all information sessions, planning selection dates, and implementing the process, participation in the process itself, evaluation of candidates and evaluation of the process. In addition, this committee is responsible for all aspects of RA training and development. This includes the planning and implementation of all RA training (Fall, Spring and Summer),identification of topics for on-going training and staffing of, participation in, and attendance at, all sessions as well as evaluation of training.

Professional Staff Selection & Training Committee

This committee will be responsible for the recruitment, selection, training and development of professional staff members and will meet throughout the year, including summer. Recruitment: Create and maintain the professional staff selection portion of the Residential Life website; Use social media for branding and to push website, webinar, openings, etc. Selection: Review and score applications, conduct phone interviews; Coordinate on-campus interview process including apartment preparation, booking rooms, and inviting interviewers. Training: Provide new staff with internal orientation and onboarding and create training schedule and sessions for all staff, including the coordination of outside presenters; Review, edit and maintain the professional staff manuals. Development: Create a year-long professional and staff development schedule designed to meet the needs of the staff.

Living Learning Communities/First Year Experience (FYE)

Members of this committee will be responsible for strengthening and maintaining the LLC and FYE programs. The committee will develop new initiatives and programs for first year residents. The committee will also lead the LLC advisory board, help build and facilitate assessment projects and strengthen relationships with campus partners and liaisons. Another initiative the committee will be responsible for is to increase the awareness and importance of the program throughout campus and regionally/nationally.

Second Year Experience Committee (SYE)

This committee will work on providing comprehensive programs and resources targeted towards all Northeastern University second year students. The committee will work to maximize success during one’s second year by providing customized support for academic achievement, setting career direction and life goals, and building important skills, such as stress and time management.

Housing Task Force

Members sit on the Housing Task Force and act as the liaison between Housing Services and Residential Life, namely for the Housing Selection and Placement Process.

Safe Zones (external committee through LGBTQA Resource Center)

The Safe Zone committee is a group of dedicated individuals who work to establish safe zones across the campus community. A Safe Zone is a state of mind and a physical space created by those who attend trainings, workshops etc. The program is designed to educate and train participants about assisting, advocating, supporting and celebrating the LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, and Ally community) community and their allies. The Safe Zone Committee does a number of things, including trainings that are conducted throughout the academic year, workshops and more.

nuEXCHANGE Committee

This committee will provide a comprehensive program that provides the campus community the opportunity to have open dialogue surrounding topics of diversity. Members of this committee will be responsible for the development, execution and evaluation of the following: 1. Diversity trainings for all residential life staff members through the year, including professional staff and student staff; 2. Planning and executing diversity related professional development events that will engage and benefit all the members of the Department of Residential Life; 3. Be a resource to RA’s in planning diversity programs including collaborating with them on events.


4 Speare Commons
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Call: (617) 373-2814

--Speare Commons Hours--
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed

NOTE: Our office will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday 11/25 and will re-open at 8:30am on Monday 11/30.

360 Huntington Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02115617.373.2000TTY 617.373.3768
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