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Thursday, January 10 • 2:35pm - 3:35pm
Educational Session #3: Changing How You Do Business: When Innovation Results in a Cultural Shift

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As student affairs professionals, we are educators and lifelong learners. We routinely engage in professional organizations, read newsletters and forums, and connect with colleagues to learn about the most innovative and engaging trends in our field.  Innovation, however, often means change and change is not always easy to navigate. Guided by research and practice, Housing & Residence Life underwent a transformation from a traditional programming model to a Residential Curriculum designed to construct “an intentional way of promoting learning” in the residence halls (Brown, 2018). At the core, the new residential curriculum changed the way we do business, but not the business we do. And yet, this rapid change in how we do business, our culture and our strategy for accomplishing our goals, was met with several challenges since its creation and implementation. In this session, we will briefly review the new Mason Residential Curriculum, discuss why we made this change and how we went about implementing this change, and discuss the challenges we have faced in our first year. Our desire is to engage in conversation with colleagues about why change, even if innovative, can be challenging and how we work together to implement collaborative change across campus.


Tera Monroe

Director of Residence Life, Housing & Residence Life

Aysha Puhl

Associate Director for Living Learning Communities, Housing and Residence Life

Brad Teague

Resident Director, Housing and Residence Life

Thursday January 10, 2019 2:35pm - 3:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room B

Attendees (6)