Mission and Vision
Mission and Vision for Residential Life
The Residential Life Program at LSU provides a positive living/learning environment for our students as well as providing a safe, clean living environment staffed by trained professional and para-professional personnel. The staff acts as teachers, mentors, and role models to foster principles of effective communication, ethical behavior, sense of community, and service for all resident students.
Embracing and celebrating the uniqueness of our multicultural student body, the Department of Residential Life at La Sierra University, will provide progressive programming intended to challenge student thought and expression and encourage self-government. This is to be accomplished through emphasis on leadership skills in the Christian context of the teachings of Jesus, spiritual wellness, self-awareness, responsible citizenship, and concern for the good of all persons. The department espouses ethical and moral practices in policy making, disciplinary matters, keeping confidences and promoting developmental life skills. Comfortable living quarters that are systematically maintained and upgraded will be a priority. The Department of Residential Life views the residential experience as a prelude to successful living in today's diverse and complex world.
Through addressing these areas, the Department of Residential Life will challenge students to become more:
- self-aware, that is, knowing what they are feeling, thinking, and doing;
- self-accepting, that is, accepting those feelings and thoughts as self in the moment;
- self-responsible, that is, recognizing themselves as the chief causal agent and their ability to respond; and
- self-assertive, that is, claiming and exercising their rights to exist and be happy.
To this end, we create environments where the following paradoxical goals may coexist:
- We advocate for the common good and champion the rights of individuals;
- We encourage intelligent risk-taking and set limits on behavior; and
- We encourage independent thoughts and teach interdependent behavior.
Through creating such environments, we assist students in managing their lives better, both during and after college.