Our Curricular Approach in Residence

Educational Priority

“Living in residence at Carleton University will develop leaders who belong and meaningfully contribute to their communities.”

The educational priority focuses on the connections that students have with each other and with their communities.  Students are encouraged to connect to any community in which they feel an affinity for so they can identify that they are part of something bigger. Our priority is to create spaces where students are welcome in the residence community so that they ultimately feel as though they matter and are included. When students participate and actively engage, they will intentionally act for the betterment of their current and future communities.

Learning Goals

Self-Awareness is a foundational piece of our learning experience, as it empowers students to appreciate and strengthen the unique traits that define them. We value the many ways in which their personal identities and individual actions contribute to shaping who they are, who they will become, and how they interact with others. As our students grow, they will learn the necessary skills to live independently and recognize the importance of taking ownership of their decisions. Through the exploration of values, strengths and motivations, students are supported in discovering their individual purpose, while intentionally examining their personal goals and career direction. When students experience and overcome challenges, they are encouraged to adopt a growth mindset and see failure as an opportunity for personal reflection and future development.

Positive Relationships are a priority for students living in residence in fostering a student’s ability to develop healthy connections with their peers. Through conversations that promote diverse perspectives and empathy, students will be able to contribute to the creation of equitable communities. Furthermore, Positive Relationships involve developing transferable skills of communicating across difference that can be used both within and beyond a post-secondary environment. Our belief is that conflict and difference are opportunities for learning and we encourage students to respectfully engage with their peers in a meaningful way.

Community Engagement is a central learning goal of our student experience as it fosters a holistic environment to learn outside of the classroom. An engaged community allows residents to learn the tenants of being a positive community member by upholding the Residence Rights and Responsibilities and actively contributing to their communities. While living and learning in Residence, students are able to grow and repair harms through peer accountability and reflection. We also recognize and celebrate those who have a positive impact in their communities. Community engagement provides enriching [organized and self-directed] learning experiences that residents will carry into their future communities.

Learning Outcomes


Students who live in residence will be able to:

  1. Articulate aspects of their identity. (Identity)
  2. Demonstrate life skills necessary to live independently. (Life Skills)
  3. Evaluate individual actions and strengths connected to their values. (Purpose)
  4. Apply resilience strategies to achieve personal success. (Resilience)


Students who live in residence will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of developing meaningful relationships with peers (Relationship Building)
  2. Use strategies to effectively communicate across difference. (Conflict Resolution)
  3. Create equitable communities that promote diverse ideas, needs, and values of others (Inclusion)


Students who live in residence will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the Rights and Responsibilities of living in a community (Rights and Responsibilities)
  2. Demonstrate intentional actions that positively affects communities. (Contribution)

Residence Fellows are imperative to the implementation and success of our curricular approach in Residence.