My Inspiration

A Guide to Community Development Planning 2013-2014

Table of contents
Topics Who are you Inspiration Neighborhood Vision Community Development Planning purpose and instructions Framework and Purpose Programmatic Outcomes Community Development Outcomes 6 Week Plan Staff Education Implementation The things we do Calendars Page 1 2 4 6 9 10 11 13 15 17 19 20

We would like to acknowledge the work that came before this work book and the foundation that was created for our community development model by Lauren Mauriello, Khorey Baker, and Hollie Chessman. We would like to thank the hard work, dedication, and vision of our Community Development Committee in the 2012-2013 academic year. Our professional staff members Joey Allen, Aaron Hood, Ashya Majied, Jamal Myrick, Hayley Taylor, and Jill Zalewski. Our Head Resident Advisors Marriah Humphrey, Julie Keyes, Gabby Porcaro, and Mabinty Quarshie. This group made thoughtful additions and edits to the Community Development Model with care and purpose. We also want to thank our wonderful colleagues in OHRL who consistently create transformative experiences for our residents.

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What inspires you?

Choose an image that describes how you engage with people.

What do you visualize when you think of community?

What is an image that represents who you are?

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What wisdom or knowledge do you want to impart on your staff?

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What wisdom or knowledge do you want to impart on your residents?
What wisdom or knowledge do you want to impart on your colleagues?

Circle 10 values or concepts that resonate with you.
Accountability Achievement Adventure Balance Belonging Calm Challenge Cheerful Commitment Compassion Competition Consistent Creativity Decisive Democratic Dependable Determination Diversity Efficiency Empathy Enthusiasm Equity Expertise Faith Family Oriented Focus Freedom Fun Generosity Growth Happiness Honesty Humor Independence Intelligence Leadership Learning Legacy Love Loyalty Merit Perfection Positivity Practicality Professionalism Purpose Reliability Resiliency Serenity Service Simplicity Spontaneity Strategic Structure Success Teamwork Trust Understanding Unique


Innovation Diversity Entrepreneurial Access

How can your values and President Cabrera’s vision combine to create your ideal community?



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Reflect on President Cabrera’s vision for Mason and fill in the gauges for which parts of the Mason IDEA most resonate with you.

Neighborhood Vision
What is the essence of your ADRL’s vision for your neighborhood? How do you think your ADRL’s vision will positively influence the residential neighborhood experience? How will you work to implement the neighborhood vision within your residential area?

“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” - Helen Keller


Create a pie chart with everything you think belongs in _________________ (Residential Community)

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Res Life Mad Lib
I work in _____________________ community. The students living in my area have the (Residential area) following characteristics: _______________________________________________.____. (adjectives) I am excited to work with this community because of __________________________________ (characteristics) &_____________________________________________________________________. (characteristics) I can foresee the following challenges working in this community ______________________


______________________________________________________________________. But I will work to overcome it by ________________________________________________ (action statement) ______________________________________________________________________.

Community Development Planning
Each RD will be responsible for creating their area community development plan. This includes first six week goals, an implementation plan for their staffs, and a staff education plan.

Resident Director Community Development Planning
Welcome to your community development planning! This summer RDs will create a Community Development plan that incorporates who they are as professionals with the Mason Values (President Cabrera’s IDEA, UL Values, and UL Promise), your ADRL’s vision for the neighborhood, and the OHRL departmental goals. This year we will be closely measuring how we engage with our students in the areas of civility, citizenship, and academic programming initiatives. Your plan will provide your staff with direction to create educational experiences that enhance civility, citizenship, and academic success while helping them understand their identity and grow as leaders. RAs will create their own programmatic plans for their floors based on your community development plan. Your plan will provide RAs with milestones for their progress and help them think critically about the needs of their floor community. By this point in the workbook you have: thought about who you are as an individual, a professional, and how you want to impact your colleagues, staff, and residents. You have also had the opportunity to reflect on your values and how you will incorporate yourself in this plan identified a Mason value that most resonates with you and considered how your neighborhood vision will positively impact your community considered all of the characteristics that make up your community and have a clearer definition of success for your community


Now for the fun part! Let’s put all of this together.
Let’s review what you’ve done so far (Who you are, Mason Values, ADRL Vision, OHRL goals, your specific community) Community Development Framework (page 9) Based on all of this, what will Residential Community Development Outcomes (page 11) your theme be? Do you have a catch phrase, image, or few key words that summarize Next, based on your theme create a… your theme? Look back on Focused 6-week plan that sets the stage for success in your notes to reflect on what your residential area community has inspired you thus far. 7-15 week plan with milestones you want your staff to reach and when Staff education plan that is consistent with your Community Development Plan and clearly outlines and articulates your goals for the year. A staff accountability and implementation plan that details what support methods you have in place to assess and hold your staff accountable

Finally, think about how to sell it:
How will you introduce your staff to your theme? (Branding) How will you introduce OHRL and UL Partners to your theme?

Presentation Time!
All Resident Directors will facilitate formal presentations of their plans in July to a wide variety of campus stakeholders, including colleagues within Housing and Residence Life and University Life. We have provided some guidelines below. The Nuts and Bolts All presentations must be in an electronic format This may include any multimedia style that can be easily accessed after the presentation day (Prezi, Powerpoint, Infographic, youtube video, etc.). Your presentation will be stored on MESA and may be shared with university partners throughout the year. Not only will you present your theme to UL partners and colleagues but this will also be a presentation used for RA training in August.


The Presentation Day
Arrive on time and dress in business professional attire Be sure to introduce yourself and talk about how your identity fits into your plan Talk about why you chose your community theme and how you were influenced by the Mason values, ADRL Vision, and how OHRL departmental goals resonate with you and are present in your theme Share your 6 week plan for engaging your residential communities and touch on your milestones for the semester/year Clearly and briefly articulate your staff education and assessment plan. Be creative… we want this presentation to reflect your style so please be creative in your planning and delivery while sharing the necessary core information. We want your excitement about the year ahead to be evident to let our campus partners recognize the great work that you’re doing. Ask fellow RDs, ADRLs and colleagues for support.

Community Development Planning Timeline
May 28: Introduction to the fall 2013 Community Development Planning Process June-July : Meet with your supervisor by July 12 to discuss their vision and your ideas Peer Review Meetings the week of July 16 Meet with Joey to go over your presentation Presentations may happen the week of August 5 (the finalized date will be given during the summer)

Planning Resources Over the Summer
Be sure to check in with your CDC representatives, ADRL, and Joey for questions throughout the process Attend in-services throughout the summer focused on academic programming, Civility initiatives, and other opportunities to enrich your plan


RDs will educate their RA’s about their Community Development Plan and RAs will create a Programming Plan for their community. RAs are direct connections for residents and cultivate meaningful relationships with their communities. RAs create programmatic opportunities based on the needs of their community.

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Our outcomes based progra mming, framed in the social change m odel of leadership, will support our residents’ identity developme nt by offering them a variety of qu ality campus experiences and, as a result, residents will become m ore engaged scholars, holistic lea ders, and active citizens.

Programmatic Outcomes
We will develop intentional programming based on learning outcomes designed to create holistic student leaders. We will provide our students with opportunities to develop as leaders and scholars. We will create opportunities of involvement and engagement for students to build community at Mason. We will support the efforts of residential students in developing their global competence. sure that stu e en
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Community Development Outcomes
Student Learning Area Residential Learning Experiences First Year Discovery Outcomes Participate in the development of their floor community Programmatic Initiatives Community Standards, Community Hours, Neighborhood Program, educational programmatic initiatives Upper Year Defining Outcomes Serve as role models for community development and help shape their community Programmatic Initiatives Community Standards, Community Hours, Neighborhood Programs, Floor programs, communicating needs to their RA directly Out of State Programming, Learning Services initiatives, WAVES programming, Student conduct meetings, Preamble , Retention Tool, advising in the halls, time management and study skills programming, ODIME programming, academic skill building Patriot Premiere, Patriot’s Campus Seek campus Day, Retention Tools, Involvement and involvement Student opportunities based on Direct student Engagement their interests conversation, Community Traditions, RA Community Hours and residential conversations, Hoopla! , homecoming, Welcome Week, Involvement Fairs, De-Stress Fest, Mason Day, RSA participation, Mason Rec programming Roommate mediations, Civility and Cultivate civil Leadership communities by community standards, developing leadership, bystander intervention conflict, and mediation programming, Preamble skills Identity Development Identify their strengths, challenges, and areas of growth as a student within a diverse university environment Explore their identity Career Services programming, further and identify the Faculty engagement, WAVES knowledge, skills, and programming, Student Conduct abilities they will need to meetings, retention tool, time be successful students management, study skills and professionals in programming, academic skill their career fields building

Engage as a student leader and develop skills to define who they are and how they present themselves

MLI, RA/Student conversations, supporting students in their interests as leaders, have students engage in floor programming, encouragement of students to apply to be an RA/PL, etc., Involvement Fairs, Mason Day, Mason Rec programming, ODIME programming


Recognize and reflect on relationships between personal actions/values and community development in a diverse student environment Explore and engage in Service experiences, Clarify their interests, active service community standards, values, and needs . Explore how they can Patriot Premiere, Welcome experiences and Week events, I-week, opportunities for contribute to their activism in and outside residential community, Take Back the Night, of campus neighborhood, Mason, Cultural Fusion and the community at large

Roommate mediations, community standards, bystander intervention programming, leadership development programming, multicultural competence programming, RSA Leadership experiences Service experiences (international, national, and regional), Take Back the Night, Cultural Fusion, I-Week. Community standards,.


How do these outcomes reflect who you are? How are they congruent with your professional values?


“All great achievements require time.” - Maya Angelou

How will the Mason IDEA, the community development outcomes, and the departmental goals influence your community development plan?

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Staff Education
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How can you help your staff develop individually based on their role, values, and experiences?

Staff Education
How can you create opportunities for your staff to develop as a community?

How can you help your staff develop congruence between their values and actions?

How will you create opportunities for your staff to engage as socially conscious leaders?

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How your will you com supp o mun ity d rt your eve R lopm As in im p ent plan lementi ng ?

Implementation involves personal role modeling, supporting staff members, and working together as an entire staff to fully implement your plan.

How will you record the qualitative data that you receive from your staff during 1:1s, weekly reports, and staff meetings?

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What are some questions you can ask your staff to assess the progress of your community development plan in 1:1s or weekly reports?

Here are some suggestions:
What did you learn about planning successful programs? How did your community respond to your program? How will your community move forward in the future? How did your program support our community development plan? Are there any adjustments that you need to make for your plan? How are you supporting community development outside of formal programs? How can you overcome obstacles to community development? (i.e. attendance, budgeting, planning, etc.)

How will you encourage peer accountability?
(i.e. RA community development initiative show and tell during staff meetings, brainstorming sessions, collaborating on larger initiatives.)

How will you encourage your staff to fully utilize their budgets in a meaningful way?


The things we do
“Neighborhood Presents” Programs are large scale events open to the campus community and hosted by the neighborhood teams 3 to 5 times per semester. These large scale events connect students to their living environment as well as engage them with the campus community. RDs design and implement “Neighborhood Presents” programs. Each RD will need to successfully complete the large scale program planning process.

Community meetings are guided discussions facilitated by the RAs during which residents discuss their community needs whether it’s setting community standards or discussing closing. RDs will inform RAs of the timeline for Floor and Community Standards meetings as well as train staff on how to have the conversations about community needs.

Community/area programs happen weekly and are planned and implemented by RAs. We encourage RAs to plan many of their programs for their individual community but there will be opportunities to connect residents with their fellow community members in their residential area.
RDs support RAs in the planning and implementation of weekly events for their residents. These events can range from simple social programs to campus partner collaborations to significant educational experiences. RSA Involvement is a critical piece of community development for the neighborhood and campus community.
RDs will encourage RAs to recruit RSA members to represent their communities, involve RSA in programming, and provide a voice for RSA in neighborhood decisions.

CDC Supported Series Programs are smaller collaborations with university partners while providing residents with unique opportunities to connect to their peers in the neighborhood. This is an experience for HRA and graduate student CDC members to plan programs. The CDC provides support and will host at least 3 events in each neighborhood per semester. RDs will support colleagues and student staff members in these programmatic efforts by informing staff of upcoming events and assisting with recruiting staff to work events.


What are your milestones for implementation? When do you want your milestones to be completed? How will your milestones be accomplished?

In the following pages we have provided you with the academic calendar. Please use it to plan out your semester milestones for community development and staff education.