What I have  valued most in my role as an RHD is the support that I receive from my department as whole and especially from my supervisor. It feels incredible to be surrounded by people who are so good at their jobs, supportive, and make me want to be better.  I am grateful for the community of support and knowledge that I have in my life at CMU, and it truly helps me be the most successful version of myself as an RHD. 
- Casey Knepfler, RHD since 2018, BS Western Michigan University, MS 2018 Indiana State University
I really appreciate the ability to point to the intentionality behind the work we do within our department. If a resident or student staff member wants to know “why” we are doing a task in a specific way, I have the ability and knowledge-base through our Residential Curriculum to adequately explain the “why” and to help that staff member to become more invested in our process and their own experiences at CMU.  
- Skyler Boeding, RHD since 2017, BA from University of Northern Colorado, MS  Salem State University

Over the past year, I have appreciated the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of students. I had a student that lived in my building for my first two years as a RHD at CMU graduate after almost quitting school while she lived in my building. She made a point to come find me on graduation day and reminisce about how she almost didn’t make it and thanked me for my efforts in helping her believe in herself and continue on. It is rare that we get to see the outcome of our efforts and getting to be a part of someone’s graduation story served as a good reminder that we truly do get to make a difference. 
- Tim Popma, RHD since 2015, BA CMU, MA 2013 Western Kentucky University 
I enjoy working for Residence Life because of the opportunities they provide to grow as a person and a professional, as well as their tremendous support of having a family in the residence hall. Additionally, the department is very open to new ideas and is cutting edge with unique responsibilities such as academic advising, assessment and conferencing opportunities.
-Luanne Goffnett, RHD since 1991, BS Grand Valley State University, MA 1995 CMU
Working as a part of the Central Michigan University Residence Life staff has been an incredible experience and has given me the ability to have a positive impact on student on a daily basis. This position has provided me with great opportunities for both personal and professional development. We work very closely with a variety of offices across campus and are given the opportunity to get involved in the campus community.  Alongside providing professionals in the department with great opportunities for development, Residence Life at CMU is very student focused and I am grateful for the opportunity to work as a part of this department that strives to provide a first class experience for our residents and student leaders.
-Adam Isley, RHD since 2013, BA Davenport University, MA 2013 Kansas State University




When RHD exit interviews have been conducted, they shared the following responses when asked "What do you see as department strengths?"

  • Recognition
  • Support
  • Following up (ADs returning calls and emails)
  • People
  • Flexibility to make position what you want
  • Pretty catering for individual growth
  • We get RHD input
  • Walk talk with diversity (training, programs)
  • Department does care about students
  • Counselor in Residence support and focus
  • Support of ADs on certain issues
  • Seamless relationships with offices
  • Autonomy
  • Documentation
  • Family atmosphere-anyone would do anything for each other
  • Opportunities because of good relations with other office
  • Focus on what´s best for the students (not necessarily parental)
  • Up to date feedback and resources
  • Different personalities of RHDs together meet students' needs-diversity and knowledge of staff
  • People here because they want to be
  • People want to stay because they like it
  • Protocols and responsibility to responsibility issues
  • Visionary and forward thinking
  • Good personal and professional communities