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Missions and Philosophy

Office of Residential Life and Housing Services
– Mission Statement

"Our office is dedicated to providing our students with a safe, clean, comfortable residential community that cultivates civility and social responsibility while supporting the academic mission of the College." – from the RA Work Agreement Form

Student Affairs
– Mission Statement

"It is the mission of the Division of Student Affairs to create a healthy and supportive environment for student success. Within the context of the college community, the offices of the Student Affairs Division strive to enhance student development by providing appropriate services, encouraging participation, ensuring student rights, and promoting student responsibility."

Keene State College
– Mission Statement

Keene State College prepares promising students to think critically and creatively, to engage in active citizenship, and to pursue meaningful work. As the public liberal arts college of New Hampshire, we offer an enriching campus community and achieve academic excellence through the integration of teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.


Our liberal arts mission dedicates us to the development of knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of our changing world. As a public institution, we provide educational opportunities for all qualified students and continue our heritage of service to New Hampshire and the New England region.

We value:
  • All members of our community: students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.
  • Strong relationships among students, faculty, and staff.
  • Excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship.
  • Commitment to learning and cultural enrichment.
  • Social justice and equity in our community and in our curriculum.
  • Educational challenge and support for a wide range of learners.
  • Physical and financial access and support.
  • Balanced development of mind, body, and character.
  • Diversity, civility, and respect.
  • Civic engagement and service to the community.
  • Environmental stewardship and sustainability.
  • Partnerships that enhance the quality of life in the Monadnock region, New Hampshire, and the world.
  • An attractive campus that inspires and supports inquiry, reflection, and social interaction.

Community Development

Philosophy Statement The Office of Residential Life and Housing Services strives to focus on residential education and community development at Keene State College. The department is committed to developing students holistically, focusing on aspects of personal development, in conjunction with concepts of civility and civil engagement. In order to accomplish these goals, we have used the mission of the college as the foundation of our efforts.

With this framework as the foundation of our model, we have identified seven community development strategies which we will enact to create our residence life program and further the mission of the institution.

  1. Student Support Programming
  2. Community Development Programming
  3. Community Meetings
  4. Individualized Meetings
  5. Role Modeling
  6. Passive Programming
  7. Hall Council



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