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Improving Praxis in Residence Life
Mark made the most of the flexibility provided to him to prioritize activities that promoted
his well-being.
Other participants like Megan, an entry-level staff member, relied on therapy to
manage stressful situations: " I see a therapist. . . . I do telehealth with her two or three
times a month. And she's just super awesome and amazing. And so, I feel like that has
been really grounding too. " Being able to talk through her experiences allowed Megan
to nurture her well-being.
Participants not only prioritized their own well-being but also re-evaluated their
approach to work and their career trajectories. Lisa, an entry-level staff member, noted
that residence life staff often allow their identities to become too wrapped up in the
work:
Realizing that . . . I am so much more than an employee and I am so much more than
a grad student. I'm a person, but at the same time when people are like, well, what
were you doing in between jobs or when you weren't a grad student and you weren't an
employee? I'm like, I don't even remember.
Others questioned whether they wanted to continue working in residence life. Alexis,
a mid-level manager, explained that the pandemic brought to light her institution's
approach to decision-making: " When push comes to shove, we're going to prioritize
our operations, heads and beds and structure over the student experience in the day
to day. " Alexis considered leaving the field because she did not feel that this approach
aligned with her values.
Some participants reflected on the type of institutions where they wanted to work.
Margaret, a mid-level manager, explained,
I definitely want to be in res life. . . . But that doing it at a small institution is probably not
the right fit for me. . . . So in this year I have learned where my career will go from here,
what the next 15 years will be, if I can retire at that point, that will be really looking at
being at a larger institution, or at least at a place where I have more colleagues in the
res life housing realm. So yeah, it's taught me quite a bit about myself.
Participants who wanted to continue working in residence life reflected on the type of
work environment that would best suit them. In Margaret's case, working at a large institution,
or at least in a larger residence life department, would better meet her needs.
Thus, she planned on job searching in the near future.
Using Technology to Improve Praxis
The pandemic also led to drastic changes in how residence life departments operated,
particularly related to the use of technology. While these strategies were developed
to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols, many participants indicated that these innovations
were more effective than traditional approaches and expressed an interest in
continuing them beyond the pandemic. For example, Jason, a senior leader, noted that
" using technology has really helped us. " He explained how technology increased efficiency
and speed and reduced staff workloads.
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