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Programming Activities

Get With the Program

Not always mandatory, but encouraged!

Don't worry—it's not programming in the IT sense. We call it "putting on a program." It's when housing staff organize an activity or event that you can join in. They're meant to be fun, relaxing, enriching, community-building and sometimes thought-provoking.

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Students participating in a group activity

What is programming?

Programming is simply the coordination and planning of an organized event or activity aimed at helping residents learn and grow. They can be educational and fun. Resident Mentors (RMs) assess the needs and wants of their residents throughout the year, and try to provide an assortment of programs that range from small scale to larger, all building or campus housing events. Residents are strongly encouraged to share ideas with their RM about what kind of programs or activities they would like to see as well as ask for ways that they can help with the program planning. Students in the Residence Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA) will also put on programs throughout the year.

Similar to your class curriculum, RM staff use the Residential Curriculum to plan programs around these 4 areas: personal growth/exploration, wellness, inclusion, and environmental sustainability. Programs range in topic and type. Below are just a few from the past few years:

  • Bingo
  • Boxes & Walls
  • Canned Food Drive
  • Community Service
  • Cooking in a Cup
  • Karaoke Sing-off
  • Make Stress Balls
  • Mocktail Night
  • Movie Night
  • Nature Walks
  • Organization How-To
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Room Decorating Contests
  • Speed Friending
  • Tie Dye
  • Time Management
  • Twister
  • Video Game Tournament
  • Vision Boards

Why you should attend

Your learning doesn't end when you leave the classroom. When you live on campus, the learning is seamless between the classroom and your home. The knowledge you gain in college is a blend of your all your student experiences—not just your coursework. Plus, the programs that your Resident Mentor puts on are funded through the housing costs you pay. You're paying for them, so you should totally take advantage! When you live on campus, you get a seamless living learning experience. Programs added benefits of living on campus and are designed to not only help you learn, but are make your experience more enjoyable.

Resident Mentor programs are:

  • intentional and pre-planned
  • aimed to meet your needs
  • educational, but also fun!
  • funded by your housing fees, so you should take advantage of them

Residential Curriculum

The Housing & Residential Education bases its programming efforts on our Residential Curriculum Model, which has four categories:


Personal growth and exploration are cornerstones of student development. Students will build proficiency in identifying and verbalizing needs, ideas, thoughts, and values. Students will also have a broad understanding of the impact of actions on others and the community.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of living on campus, students will be able to:

  • identify correlations between actions and values/beliefs.
  • recognize the importance of building and sustaining positive relationships with others.
  • develop the ability to determine personal needs and how to fill them.
  • learn to exert control over behaviors, motivations, and social environments.


Wellness is a multifaceted concept that encompasses physical, social, emotional, environmental, spiritual, financial, intellectual, and occupational wellbeing. UW-Green Bay residential environments will help students identify, establish, and maintain regular patterns of behavior that promote overall wellness.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of living on campus, students will be able to:

  • define healthy habits regarding behavior-altering substances.
  • identify campus and local community resources regarding wellness.
  • assess current personal wellness levels.
  • develop strategies to improve mental well-being.
  • clearly articulate the relationship between wellness and one’s capacity to meet personal, academic, and life goals.

Inclusive Excellence

UW-Green Bay strives to foster and support inclusive communities which allow students to better understand personal cultural context. By developing competence and confidence, the UW-Green Bay residential communities will encourage residents to understand the importance of diversity, difference, and active inclusion.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of living on campus, students will:

  • be able to discuss how national or global events affect the campus and local community.
  • be able to relate social justice and inclusion concepts to personal experiences.
  • be able to describe personal identities.
  • be able to express an increased confidence in confronting identity-based conflict.
  • learn skills to break down barriers and create solutions to inequities.
  • be able to identify marginalized and privileged identities and how these relate to power.


UW-Green Bay recognizes the importance of sustaining a healthy campus environment for future Phoenix to come. Students will be empowered to make a positive impact on the environment and learn sustainable practices.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of living on campus, students will:

  • determine one’s social responsibility as future professionals and citizens.
  • be able to define sustainability and identify major sustainability challenges and opportunities.
  • be able to apply critical thinking skills to provide sustainable solutions and build resilient communities.
  • learn how to apply knowledge beyond campus and know what it means to be a green global citizen.
Mike Reilly

Want to Know More?

If you have ideas or suggestions for the type of programs you would like to see, or an interest in helping to organize a program, we'd love to hear it! Talk with your resident mentor or contact us!

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