Community is at the core of our commitments at IWU, and the residence hall experience is in some ways the ultimate realization of that commitment. Life in one of our intentional, Christ-centered residence hall communities can be one of the most powerful experiences of a student’s time here at IWU. The following paragraphs are written by current resident directors (RDs) who explain why their halls are more than dorms:
Martin Hall is more than a dorm because we take trying to make our hall a home very seriously. We strive to have an atmosphere that is hospitable and welcoming to all, and we do what we can to help Martin Hall residents feel as though they have ownership of our hall. It’s more than a dorm, it’s a community. What I love most about being an RD in Martin Hall is the relationships that I have built with the women who live here. It’s a joy to host events that foster community and learning, and from those shared memories, I see true friendships growing! Watching those connections form is so rewarding.
In Martin, a good example of what our community looks like can be found in the lobby. There are always people in the lobby, hanging out and enjoying the company of other residents. It’s a place where groups can study and where groups can play together too. And, it’s the location of our most beloved Common Table event! During Common Table, the student staff in Martin cook a meal and, as a hall, we sit around family-style tables and eat together. It’s a chance to break bread and share with women that we live with. It’s a great chance to meet women who don’t live on their floor.
– Brooke Thomas, Resident Director of Martin Hall
Kem Hall is more than a dorm because we do not settle for relating on the lowest common denominator. We value knowing one another below the surface, that way we can better support and walk alongside one another. This year we have had all-hall panels that challenge us to think about serving others over serving ourselves, brotherly love and reconciliation, and what it will look like to live outside of the IWU community. We have had six resident-led bible studies that have encouraged men in our hall share their testimonies and be vulnerable. I love where we live because it may take a little more work to get know someone, but once you do know them there is a deeper connection that seems more rewarding in the long run. I have loved being the RD here because I have been welcomed in with open arms and have been invited into the stories of many young men’s lives, and I truly consider that a blessing. I have played basketball with many, I have shared meals with many, and I have seen growth and success in guys’ lives. I have seen chains broken, and I have been able to support men going through a hard time. All of this is very sacred to me and is why I love my job. Community in Kem is real. I once heard someone say if you can’t handle the heat then get out of the kitchen. In Kem we want to be vulnerable, we encourage the rawness that life truly is. You can live here and not be a part of the community, we will not force it. However, because we have a majority of upperclassmen, we have real-life questions and scenarios that our residents can’t hide from much longer. We want to help support, equip and walk alongside our guys as they go through their last years of their college experience.
– Spencer Green, Resident Director of Kem Hall
I think Evans Hall is more than a dorm because it is a community of women doing life together at their home away from home. I see groups of women thriving as they navigate life with one another. People do more than sleep and study here—we learn, have fun and laugh all while doing life alongside one another. Evans theme is Free to Be, and I believe Evans residents are gaining opportunities to live into who Christ is calling them to be. Just this week, we explored stories of freedom in our community as we all are trying to pursue congruence and God’s call for our individual lives. I love Evans because of the down-to-earth, thoughtful and beautiful women who fill the rooms. I am graced with the opportunity to learn from each of their lives each day!
– Shelby Loúve, Resident Director of Evans Hall
Many colleges and universities operate on-campus apartments that they treat simply as university-owned housing. It would be really easy for Indiana Wesleyan to do the same. Here, the staff of the South Townhouses – affectionately referred to as the “ToHos” – works hard to make sure the experience reflects an active life on the IWU campus, while simultaneously working to help residents transition into the next season of their lives after IWU. Residents of the ToHos have an abundance of opportunities to engage in community with each other and with the broader campus. I like to describe the ToHos as a place where residents can experience life after IWU as it will be, and what it could be. I hope that by living here, students will be able to live in community with others regardless of where they live next.This mentality towards apartment-living doesn’t happen if we only view on-campus housing as a convenience for students. I think students who live in the Townhouses know that they aren’t just getting housing, they’re getting an experience.
– Josh Bloom, Resident Director of the South Townhouses