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Housing and Residence Life leads the charge on sense of belonging at OHIO

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National studies have shown that the first seven weeks of fall semester is critical to students developing their sense of belonging at an institution, and Ohio University is no exception to this. As a division, Student Affairs has been discussing how to increase the student sense of belonging, and Housing and Residence Life is working to be a part of the solution through high-impact programming initiatives designed to engage students in building relationships with other Bobcats, campus partners, and the institution as a whole.

This year, the Housing and Residence Life team has developed a full schedule of events for on-campus residents spanning from a leadership conference to tricycle races and a foam dance party. But these social, high energy activities serve a greater role, shared Kim Hoover, Housing and Residence Life’s director of residence life. “The first seven weeks initiative is one piece of the new Bobcat Living Experience, that also includes Resident Assistants meeting with students one-on-one, campus collaborations, and more.”

Following is a look at some of the events held by the Housing and Residence Life staff as part of the first seven weeks initiative.  


Students and OUPD officer at event

Students socialize with OUPD Officer Stabler during the Popsicles with Police event.


Two people present at the conference

Voigt Hall Assistant Resident Director Clarke Kellum, and Boyd Hall Resident Director Porsha McBee, present during the Fall Leadership Conference. 


Students and staff at leadership conference

Baemnet Amare, graduate resident director of Lincoln Hall, leads students in a discussion during the Fall Leadership Conference.


Students stand in foam at dance party

Students and staff enjoy the foam dance party held on South Green.


Large crowd at foam dance party

Students enjoying the foam dance party.


Student gather in the lobby of Jefferson Hall

Student gather in Jefferson Hall for OHIO Late Nights.


Students walking at the block party

At the East Green Block Party, students enjoyed free snacks while also learning about resources on campus.


RA handing out cotton candy at block party

Sowle Hall Resident Assistant Ariana Kocab passes out cotton candy to students at the East Green Block Party.