Residence Life

Programming & Core Competencies

The Office of Residence Life recognizes that living on campus is an essential part of a student's educational experience. We therefore enhance the college experience by creating an environment that is conducive to community building and education outside the classroom. We recognize that educational and social programming in the residence halls and on the Lehigh campus enhances a student's living/learning experience.

Our commitment to programming is grounded in Dean of Students Developmental Competencies. The Developmental Competencies are Intellectual Exploration, Individual Identity Development, Interpersonal Relationships, and Community Development. As a staff, we have adopted a programming model that educates and builds essential life skills in these four areas. Our staff of 100 student leaders, affectionately known as Gryphons, assesses the needs of residents while gauging their interest to provide formal and informal programming.

Programming primarily takes place in the residence halls and at campus events. They range from a comedy show at Lamberton Hall to inviting the academic resource center to the Dravo lounge to assist student with study skills. Examples of programs that Gryphons offered to residential students that reflect the Developmental Competencies are as follows:

In a typical year, the Office of Residence life will plan or promote close to 1000 on and off campus programs. Many are co-sponsored by other campus offices and organizations including the Health and Wellness Center, Lehigh University Police Department, Multicultural Office, Women’s Center, Student Activities, Athletics and many more. Gryphons regularly co-program events with other halls in order to build a strong community within a residential area. Campus resources are utilized to their full potential in order to best serve the student population. With a variety of activities to do around Lehigh, there are multiple programs and events each night of the week and every weekend.