Residential Education


About Residential Education

The Residential Education Team consists of the Director & Associate Director for Residential Education, the 7 Community Directors, 3 Assistant Community Directors, and the various Resident Assistant teams including Coaching Resident Assistants and University Ministry Resident Assistants. This team oversees the implementation of campus partnerships, programs, and student support within the residential communities.

Mission Statement

Residential Education fosters the holistic development of members within the USD residential community. We are committed to providing purposefully inclusive communities that create opportunities for personal and academic success in collaboration with members of the Torero Family.

Vision Statement

Our residential communities cultivate and enrich students by integrating learning, engagement and development. We contribute to students’ success by offering student-centered programs, services and environments that foster student involvement, responsibility, leadership, and wellbeing.  We provide formational experiences that empower students to be engaged leaders as they move beyond our communities and into the world.

USD Culture of Care

The university’s Culture of Care defines the standard in which faculty, staff, and administrators accompany students through their experience at USD, from the moment they decide to attend USD through commencement and beyond. Culture of Care is grounded in the university’s contemporary Roman Catholic mission and core values, and the Student Affairs co-curricular learning outcomes; it is pervasive and squarely centered on student learning, holistic wellbeing, and student success. The Residential Life staff utilizes this in the way we build communities that celebrate the dignity of each person, in the art of intentional supervision of student leaders, in the way we assist students in navigating the university, and when we provide care to students in need or hold them accountable for a poor decision.

Catholic Social Thought at USD

Catholic Social Thought (CST) is a rich heritage of wisdom and a living tradition of thought that affirms the Church's commitment to work for a just and peaceful society. Concerned about the circumstances in which people live, this tradition expresses how the Church understands society and continuously explores the social demands of a Christian, Catholic faith. The vision for society that CST articulates is characterized by justice, freedom, compassion, and participation for all; the teaching posits that this vision is actualized by supporting the dignity and the fullest development of the whole person. The tradition develops insights and a framework for ethical action that cultivates and promotes greater social justice. (excerpt from the Rainbow Educators team)

First-Year Experience (FYE) Communities

The 4 First-Year serving communities tend to have more programmatic campus partnerships with the Living-Learning Community program, Faculty Integration Coordinators and Scholastic Assistants, and the New Student Programs Team.
  • Camino & Founders Halls (a.k.a. CamFound)
  • Maher Hall
  • Valley A Suites
  • Valley B

Second Year & Upper-Division (STEP/Up) Communities

The 3 STEP/Up serving areas tend to have larger student populations and partner with the needs of the Transfer Learning Community while providing regular shared programming. The supervising Community Directors work directly with Assistant Community Directors who are graduate students in the Student Affairs/SOLES Collaborative (SASC) program.
  • Alcala Vistas Apartments (a.k.a. The Vistas)
  • Upper-Division Apartments (a.k.a. UpDiv)
  • Valley Apartments

Residential Education Committees

  • (DEISJ) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Social Justice Committee
  • (R&S) Recruitment & Selection Committee
  • (ResDev) Development Committee
  • Training Committee