Our Core Values

The DRL seeks to create a safe and inclusive environment that supports personal and educational growth, leadership, wellness, and citizenship through intentional programming and outreach through 6 core values:

  1. Citizenship
  2. Inclusivity
  3. Leadership
  4. Personal Growth
  5. Safe Environment
  6. Wellness


The Department of Residence Life seeks to instill a sense of citizenship in all residents, who will have to treat others with respect, dignity and understanding.  Residents will have the opportunity to take active role in the community.  Residents will learn the importance of global citizenshi8p and active engagement in the community.  Residents will learn the importance of being a residential community, campus community, and global community. 

Citizenship means engaging in the residential community, the greater anchorage and Alaska communities to promote cooperation and to improve relationships among these communities.


The Department of Residence Life seeks to create a welcoming community where residents feel respected and will find programs that challenge and engage them in dialogues on diversity.


In the Department of Residences Life leadership means providing opportunities for students to become role models in their community by engaging in student organizations, employment opportunities and programs to help shape professional standards for life after graduation.

Personal Growth

Within the Department of Residence Life personal growth means fostering a resident’s individual learning in respect to health, professional development as well as social transitions and developing meaningful relationships to prepare them for future endeavors.

Safe Environment

In the Department of Residence Life, safe environment means ensuring secure facilities that contribute to the peace of mind of residents, provide on-call system that ensures constant service to residents in crisis and provides resources for future care, as well as comprehensive outreach and care to residents in need, and collaboration with University Police to create the safest environment possible.


In the Department of Residence Life, wellness describes the personal, physical, mental, and spiritual well being of an individual and/or community which are supported by learning, and individualized care.