About Residential Education

Mission
The Office for Residential Education fosters the holistic development of members within the USC residential community. We are committed to providing purposefully inclusive communities that create opportunities for personal and academic success in collaboration with members of the Trojan Family.

Vision
Our residential communities cultivate and enrich students by integrating learning, engagement and development. We contribute to students’ academic success by offering student-centered programs, services and environments that foster student involvement, responsibility and leadership.

Core Values

  • Community - We value community by developing inclusive living-learning environments that cultivate personal and academic growth and interpersonal relationships.
  • Inclusion - We value the individual differences of members within our community by creating opportunities for members to embrace and understand the complex backgrounds, ideas, experiences and lifestyles of others.
  • Integrity - We value integrity by instilling a sense of trust and moral character within the USC community.
  • Scholarship - We value the pursuit of knowledge inside and outside the classroom by encouraging free inquiry and innovation.
  • Social Responsibility - We value one’s responsibility to the common good and shared values of the Trojan Family and challenge students to be mentally conscious and actively working towards creating equality, access and opportunities for others.
  • Wellness - We value our students’ wellness by encouraging the adoption of behaviors that promote the recognition of physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs necessary to lead balanced and productive lives.

Inclusion Statement
The Office for Residential Education is committed to creating an inclusive residential community that values the diversity of all its members. We embrace all members of our community and aspire to develop an appreciation for ability, age, citizenship status, creed, cultural background, ethnicity, family model, gender identity and expression, health status, national origin, political ideology, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, spiritual affinity, size, socioeconomic class, and veteran status.

The Office for Residential Education is committed to providing a purposefully inclusive community where all members and visitors are free from harassment, verbal or written abuse, threats, ridicule, intimidation, cyber-bullying, or violence because of their identity. We will not accept fear, ignorance, apathy, indifference, religious bias, anger, alcohol or substance abuse as an excuse, reason, or rationale for such behavior. We encourage all members within our community to make informed personal choices, hold each other accountable, and actively challenge any injustices.

The Office for Residential Education, in collaboration with other campus resources, fosters the holistic development of the USC residential community. We challenge all members of the Trojan Family to move beyond tolerance and engage in creating and maintaining an inclusive community for all.

The Office for Residential Education is dedicated to recruiting, hiring, promoting, and retaining an inclusive staff that supports the pluralistic diversity of the University of Southern California and the greater Los Angeles community. As part of the Trojan Family, we are dedicated to building a more inclusive community which celebrates diversity and works toward social justice.


Under the leadership of the Associate Dean and Executive Director for Residential Education, the Office for Residential Education includes the Director for Residential Education, seven full-time, professional Assistant Directors (ADs),  17 Residence Coordinators, 11 Assistant Residence Coordinators, 2 Central Office Coordinators, and 157 graduate and undergraduate Resident Assistants (RAs). In addition, twenty-two (22) of USC's most prestigious faculty members and their families also live and work within the residential colleges and apartments.