Several offices within Homewood Student Affairs' Office of the Dean of Student Life that support the out-of-classroom experience of Johns Hopkins students are being grouped under a new entity called Community Living.
University Housing, Off-Campus Housing, Residential Life, Dining, and Scheduling and Event Services make up Community Living, which seeks to streamline the services those areas provide and to improve outreach to students living on campus or nearby.
"We want students—including those just arriving, those living on campus, and those who are in off-campus housing—to easily access the wide range of programs that help them navigate the demands of university life," says Jerry Dieringer, associate dean for community living.
Dieringer, who joined the HSA staff in spring 2016 to lead Community Living, says the new structure will increase collaboration among the five areas and create greater visibility for the group as a whole.
Terry Martinez, associate vice provost and dean of student life, says the reorganization was guided by a strategic master plan for Homewood Student Affairs. That plan was created to align with the Ten by Twenty goal to "build Johns Hopkins' undergraduate experience so it stands among the top 10 in the nation."
Martinez says, "Community Living focuses on the elements outside the classroom that support academic success while also helping students be engaged in our community, learn about themselves and others, make friends, and find a home at Hopkins. All of these elements are part of a successful undergraduate career."