We expect residents to come to campus with an open mind and be willing to fully participate as active members of their community. With this in mind, The Department of Residence Life strives to create a community of learning where our students can live and grow as neighbors now and in the future. All that we do is intentional and student focused.

Our educational priority is to help our residents embrace Global Citizenship. Being a Global Citizen means having the responsibility to take action toward positively impacting self, others and the world.

In order to guide our residents to become global citizens and quality neighbors in their community, we focus on the following four learning goals.



Creating connections is a foundation that will benefit students beyond their time at NDSU. These relationships will build a support system to enhance their overall experience. Students will be able to form and maintain connections for their own personal growth and for integrating into future communities. 

Students will:

  • Know the names of their neighbors
  • Engage in community activities
  • Support peers in the community (learning, caring/looking out for them, celebrating)


Identity exploration is a cyclical process that occurs throughout one’s life. By living on campus, students will explore facets of their identity that impact who they are and how they define and express themselves.

Students will:

  • Articulate who they are
  • Explore their individuality
  • Place value in themselves
  • Exhibit confidence in their actions


The development of communities involves respecting others, understanding the goals of the community and taking ownership for the place in which they live. With a foundation in the established University policies and procedures, guidelines will be created to carryout successful roommate and neighbor relationships

Students will:

  • Assist in the implementation of the guidelines of the community
  • Learn effective ways to address community concerns
  • Respect others
  • Take action for the benefit of their community


Students will develop an understanding that learning is an ongoing process toward educated decision-making. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic skills that will assist them throughout their life. Facing challenges in a safe and supportive environment will also teach students how to identify solutions to resolve these challenges.

Students will:

  • Understand the intent behind policies 
  • Learn how to take care of their personal space
  • Be able to identify multiple solutions to a problem
  • Exhibit self-care



Intentional discussions between Resident Assistants and the students on their floors provide support and build community. 

Roommate Success Plan is an agreement between roommates developing connections and addressing common areas. Resident Assistants facilitate the discussion of topics such as cleaning, guest visitation, sharing belongings and more. Learning to share a living space is a life-skill we help our students develop. 


Resident assistants utilize boards on their floors to communicate information to residents. Boards are interactive and designed to encourage students engage with the board.

Community Calendars are posted on each floor to provide students a space to share upcoming events within their community, post study groups, birthdays, special events, and more. These calendars provide a resource for students to connect with peers. 


Presence is a starting point for building relationships and involves both the resident assistants and the students in the hall. These are opportunities to engage with neighbors and network amongst peers. 

Community Gatherings are purposeful meetings that occur monthly for each floor/house to enable residents to connect, define their community, and share information relevant to their community and residence life. 

Community Agreements, developed during one of the first community gatherings, allow residents to work together to take ownership of their environment. Students discuss what is important to them and what they want their community to be like to make an environment inclusive of everyone.  

Availability Hours are posted for each resident assistant in the building and provide set hours each week when students can meet with their resident assistant. 

On a monthly basis resident assistants work with residents to identify opportunities to socialize with peers in the hall. Resident assistants work to coordinate these events in the hall, around campus and the Fargo-Moorhead area. 


NDSU's Residential Curriculum was presented as a Showcase at the 2018 Institute for the Curricular Approach. Click here to view the PDF version of our ICA ppt presentation. 

Below are resources we utilize to implement our curriculum. Please note, what works for us may not work for you. Be sure to follow the Ten Essential Elements for the Curricular Approach to implement what works best for your institution. Each of the below items are PDF documents. 


Res Life Experience Rubric

First Year Educational Plan

First Year Lesson Plans: Example 1 | Example 2 | Example 3 | Example 4

Student Leadership Plan - Advisor and Student Leadership Plan - Student

Student Leadership Training Lesson Plan 1 and Student Leadership Training Lesson Plan 2

Student Leadership Retreat

Resident Assistant One-on-One Meeting Templates [Templates are utilized through Microsoft OneNote]

RA Workbook 2018

Associate Director of Residence Life
Becky Bahe
Office: 110 West Bison Court
Phone: 701.231.6255
Email: Rebecca.Bahe@ndsu.edu

Assistant Director for Residential Education
Carol Jergenson
Office: 108 West Bison Court
Phone: 701.231.5603
Email: Carol.Jergenson@ndsu.edu

Assistant Director for Leadership Development
Jen Kacere
Office: 110 West Bison Court
Phone: 701.231.7700
Email: Jennifer.Kacere@ndsu.edu

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