By: Eli Reimer
After a complete overhaul, three new residence directors are reshaping student life this year.
After losing both Zachary Frank and Phil Brown, former residence life coordinators, the student life department sought out candidates to fill the two existing residence life coordinator positions over the summer.
When three strong applicants emerged, they decided to restructure the program and hired the trio to fill the newly-created roles of residence directors (RDs). The department also added a new position: Director of Health and Wellness, filled by Liz Andes.
Kevin Schultz, Emily Hahn and Chandler Buchfeller bring a mixture of expertise. Schultz, a GC alum, is experienced in social work. Buchfeller has worked in residence life at various institutions. Hahn, who was part of the residence life program at GC from 2017-2019, is currently finishing her masters’ in social justice and human rights. Together, Schultz says, they’re “the dream team.”
According to Gilberto Perez, vice president of student life and dean of students, the department had been discussing making changes for years.
“We moved into an assessment period of student life three years ago,” Perez said. When conducted, assessments showed a dip in student satisfaction with the department, which needed to be addressed.
For Perez, the key is supporting student growth. He hopes this year’s changes will bring students into contact with student life employees more regularly, giving employees more chances to listen to and support students.
The new RDs view this year as a chance to breathe new life into the program. After a year and a half of living with COVID-19 restrictions, the team is excited to get students out and connecting with each other again. In addition to planning traditional events throughout the school year, such as “Haunted Halls”, directors are also planning new events, including a “Hot Wings Night.”