Residential Life focuses on the whole student experience and fosters learning beyond the classroom. First introduced in 2007, Residential Life’s Community Learning Model (CLM) is an intentional framework for on-campus living communities that furthers student engagement around Macalester College’s mission and core values. The CLM’s educational and social initiatives implemented by Residential Life professional and student staff provide residential students with numerous opportunities to learn about themselves; meet, interact, and develop relationships with other residents; and build community with peers of multiple and intersecting identities.

Educational Priority:

Residential Life’s educational priority is to support the development of people who are invested in their own holistic development as well as actively engaged in building and advocating for equitable and just communities.


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**These pillars were developed as a result of a 2019-2020 report completed by Residential Life.

Learning Strategies

Regardless of where a student lives on campus, we want to ensure they are individually supported through the experiences they are moving through. Given this, we plan to utilize the following five learning strategies during each pillar of learning. Each pillar is designed for different modes of student learning and will scaffold off of each other. The learning strategies will occur in this order.

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