Virtual and Remote Connections
During these challenging times, the Office of Residential Life has adapted its usual Residential Education model to better meet the needs of our students, both those on campus and those at home. Our new model, PIPS (Physically Isolated, Psychologically Social), seeks to explore new means of connecting students by social networking and remote or virtual means.
Each Monday we will focus on mindfulness, meditation, reflection, motivational practices, and healthy mental health.
We will partner with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life to offer meditation and/or yoga sessions through a live feed.
We will also share what we are planning for the week so you know what to expect from us.
Finally, get your body ready for the week by tuning into Planet Fitness’ nightly “work-ins.”
Triple T Tuesdays
Each Tuesday we will share some of our favorite TikToks of the week through our Instagram story giving us all an opportunity to laugh in unison and delight in the little joys still present in our world.
Tuesdays are also when we look to grow alongside each other by providing YouTube videos and podcasts about the week’s theme. Feel free to share your thoughts on our Instagram post.
Finally, we look to challenge and push each other in a fun and puzzling trivia event, winner gets a gift card.
Wednesdays will be a day of exploration. We challenge you to let your mind and spirit wander the world even though your body may be confined.
Each week we help you visit a different city by compiling a list of virtual tours and experiences offered in that city.
Check out Chicago, encounter Atlanta, search through Seattle, hone in on Houston and more! Virtually experience museums, zoos, and cultural centers.
A new city will be posted here each week.
Thursdays we encourage you to connect with Skidmore offices and each other.
We partner with a different office each week and give them the keys to our Instagram stories. They will share thoughts and questions throughout the day and respond to your answers.
Learn more about how these offices are endeavoring to be a resource to you even at a distance and share your tips, tricks and experiences from isolation with your fellow students.
Fridays are a time to acknowledge that even in our isolation we are not alone.
We have friends and support systems in place to help us through difficult times. Comment on our Instagram post to shout out those who are supporting you and helping you through all you are going though.
Our Skidmore community is not limited to the Skidmore campus. Your relationships are still present, even if they look a little different.
Residential Education is a key component of our purpose in the Office of Residential Life. We pride ourselves on offering educational opportunites beyond the classroom, while ensuring that students have many opportunites to connect with one another, and the resources around them.
Events for Students
Resident Assistants plan multiple programs for the residents of the floor. Each program has an educational component, such as Sustainability, Social Justice, and Social Responsibility.
The Office of Residential Life also programs on a variety of topics throughout the year. I Won't Stand For is one of our larger events, pictured on the right. During this event, students identify behaviors and topics they wish to challenge. Frequent examples include "I Won't Stand For Homophobia," "Hate Speech," etc.
Education in the Halls
Resident Assistants create beautiful bulletin boards once per month for their floor communities. These bulletin boards are always educational in nature and cover a range of topics including Fire Safety, Wellbeing, and Gender and Inclusivity.
Pictured on the left is a bulletin board completed by an RA for Women's History Month with information about prominent female figures throughout history. Be sure to stop and take a look at the board on your floor!
Opportunities for floor engagement
Resident Assistants hold roughly one floor meeting per month. During these times, they share important information about what is occurring on campus. For example, in November they speak to their residents about closing procedures and how to get their room ready for break.
These floor meetings are also a great time for the community to come together and continue to get to know one another!
Meet our Team
As you can see the Resident Assistants power much of our Residential Education program. They are the peer leaders living in the halls. They've been trained to assist students through every step of residential living.