Housing and Residence Life Call to Action

  • Black Lives Matter. Housing and Residence Life has a responsibility and a desire to address and dismantle barriers oppressing our Black students and colleagues. We are committing to a departmental action plan that will be informed by direct input from the communities we serve. We approach this long-term work with open minds and open hearts; injustice and inequity cannot have a home with us. Our Black community and all community members with marginalized identities unequivocally deserve affirmation, respect, and equity.


  • We include, value and trust each other.

  • We insist on a culture of respect, and recognize that words and actions matter. The absence of action and words also matter.

  • We appreciate and acknowledge our differences.

  • We treat all people with dignity, open-mindedness, and esteem.

  • We respect that each of us is at a different place in this process.

  • Our values are strengthened when all members of our Housing and Residence Life community have a voice and are encouraged to contribute.

Action Statements

  • (We will update progress in our action plan monthly on our website)

  • 1. Examine and assess current practices, protocols, and policies within Housing and Residence Life to ensure inclusion and appropriateness. Recommend changes when needed for the betterment of our students and staff.

  • 2. Disaggregate data to make sound and just decisions.

  • 3. Commit to continuing education on racism inequality for all staff through workshops, training, challenging the status quo and building in experiences to push all members of the Department of Housing and Residence Life.

  • 4. Develop and adhere to a “Call to Action” plan for the department that includes a) general statement, b) value statement, and c) action statements (a living document).

  • 5. We will develop a “Student Voice Advisory Committee.”

  • 6. Establish and maintain regular meetings with student leadership to share information and receive feedback.

  • 7. Develop a detailed explanation of the conduct process, confrontation related to policies, and DPS involvement.

  • 8. Hold all students accountable, through our educational conduct process, for any behavior that does not align with being a positive member of the Housing and Residence Life community and the values we have put forth.