Residential Experience and Learning Model

History and Purpose

Housing and Residence Life is committed to offering students an engaging residential experience that offers student learning and development. To ensure this commitment is brought to life, the Residential Experience and Learning Model (REaLM) was created. REaLM is a curricular approach to student development and was created with experts across campus.

In alignment with the universities mission, the mission of Student Life, and the Florida Five educational goals Housing and Residence Life's priority is for students to live, learn and lead in the residence halls.

Florida Five Educational Goals

Community Belonging

We strive to provide residents with exciting and innovative ways to connect, learn, and grow during their time as a resident. By partnering with the Inter-Residece Hall Association (IRHA) for their annual Residence Hall Week, we are able to provide engagement opportunities for students to connect with each other and to the greater campus community.

Academic Achievement

An individual's perception of achievement varies from person to person and even by semester. To guide students to achieve their personal academic achievement goals we first advocate for each student to identify their own unique needs. Then foster engagement opportunities aimed to strengthen the relationship between students, their needs, and to become familiar with campus resources that can aid in academic support.

Examples include study skills, academic integrity, time management, developing and maintaining healthy habits, stress management, and peer work groups.

Leadership Development

Connecting to a student organization that parallels a student's interest or academic discipline has proven to support creativity and propel confidence through collaboration.

Housing helps students find their right fit and encourages students to get involved in organizations to challenge them and explore new skills, develop and hone their leadership skills, explore opportunities to lead and support the growth and advancement of the organization's mission and development both intrinsically and extrinsically.

Area Government's located in each of the residential areas offers leadership opportunities as well as creates a memorable student experience.

Multicultural Engagement

Exploring the world and engaging in civil and productive dialogue where differing perspectives are respectfully acknowledged is instrumental for growth and understanding for all. Through a student's residential experience they will increase their exposure to global news and be able to share their identities with others.

Intentional Wellness

Practicing components of wellness such as living an active lifestyle, mindfulness, time management, and proper sleep habits enables students to achieve higher levels of satisfaction and resiliency during periods of stress. Housing and Residence Life works closely with GatorWell Health Promotion Services and other campus partners to help students evaluate appropriate resources regarding their sexual health and consent, understand the impacts of drugs/alcohol, identify and maintain a healthy physical and mental state, and incorporate two wellness foundations into their routine.