VISION

Residential Life & Housing at VCU will be a preeminent urban, public on-campus community providing a one-of-a-kind residential experience.

MISSION

Residential Life & Housing at VCU provides safe, inclusive, and well-maintained facilities where we work together to build intentional communities to empower residents in their academic excellence, citizenship, and personal growth.

Values

Guiding this mission is a set of departmental values, which complement the core values of the institution.

Collaboration

We value the exchange of ideas and solutions through internal and external partnerships. This value is exemplified through the enhancement of the residential experience through training, community building, policy development, and integration of services.

Inclusion & Diversity

We value celebration, exploration, and understanding among people, ideas and culture. This value is exemplified through creation of a safe and inclusive environment for all students to explore identities of self and others; promoting a life-long commitment to successful living in a global community; and ensuring that policies, programs, and services are inclusive and reflect the diversity of our community.

Resident Centered

We value and recognize that our residents are at the core of our mission and practices. This value is exemplified in our commitment to encouraging and promoting the student voice and providing opportunities for comprehensive student learning, student development, and student leadership.

Learning

We value academic and personal success for all students. This value is exemplified through our emphasis on engagement and education outside the classroom and ensuring a dynamic residential setting where discovery, challenge and support, innovation, and respectful discourse are paramount to the on-campus experience of the student.

Excellence

We value the individual and collective pursuit of exceptional practice in our work and relationships. This value is exemplified through high expectations of staff and students in the residential community. Staff and students continually seek ways to contribute to the future of the department, division, institution, and profession.

Message from the Director

The Residential Life and Housing department encompasses five units: Administrative Services, Business and Personnel Services, Facilities and Event Services, Residential Initiatives and Residential Life. Each of these areas are essential in providing a comprehensive residential experience. Our mission is to provide safe, inclusive and well-maintained facilities where we build intentional communities to empower residents in their academic excellence, citizenship and personal growth. 

On-campus living creates an environment to help students succeed. Not only is on-campus housing steps away from academic resources, but living among classmates makes it easier to connect with friends, host study groups or simply share resources. We offer a variety of on-campus housing options for both first-year and upperclass residents. On-campus housing offers more than just a place to sleep: it is an integral part of the VCU experience. If you have any questions about our website or if we can provide any assistance, please do not hesitate in contacting us at vcuhousing@vcu.edu. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.

We as individuals and as a collective, are committed to building communities that are welcoming for all cultures, backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities. We create exceptional residential learning communities that value all of our members regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, family medical and genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability. These communities provide a safe space for students and staff to explore their multi-layered identities while learning and growing with others.

We demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion through resource allocation  and initiatives including:

  • Providing equitable access to on-campus housing 
  • Developing and maintaining facilities that are accessible for all members of our community
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining exceptional and diverse staff
  • Training staff in areas of multicultural competence during trainings and ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Offering gender-unrestricted housing through the Gender Inclusive Housing program
  • Creating and maintaining first year student living-learning communities focused on inclusion and social justice Implementing initiatives that promote social justice, the exploration of culture, personal growth, and community development
  • Mediating conflict between students in shared living spaces
  • Collaborating with campus and community partners to further promote understanding, learning, growth, and celebration Engaging staff and students in challenging and purposeful dialogues about diversity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Encouraging staff and students to explore identities and experiences outside of their comfort zones
  • Creating intentional opportunities through the Resident Assistant position, Community Councils, Residence Hall Association, and National Residence Hall Honorary for student leadership and peer education

DIRECTOR


Gavin Roark

Director of Residential Life & Housing
Central Housing
groark@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Jennifer Marsland

Executive Secretary/ Administrative Assistant
Central Office
jmarsland@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES


Kevin Wade, Ed.D.

Sr. Associate Director of Administrative
Services
Central Office
krwade@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Jane Firer

Associate Director of Administration
Central Office
jefirer@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Josh Mallaber

Assistant Director of Administration
Central Office
jdmallaber@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Jessica Buchanan

Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications
Central Office
buchananjb@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Rebekah Allen

Department Office Coordinator
Central Office
rhallen@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Barbara Sabol

Assignment Coordinator
Central Office
bsabol@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Taylor Walsh

Assignment Coordinator
Central Office
tnwalsh@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

BUSINESS


George Kelly

Associate Director of Financial Management for the Division of Student Affairs

Asia Higgs

DSA FSC Liaison
DSA Finance Office
higgsan@vcu.edu
804-827-3898

Ann McKee

Accounts Receivable Clerk, Central Housing

Shonda Pulley

Human Resource Assistant, Central Housing

Mildred White

Accounts Payable Clerk, Central Housing

FACILITIES


Allison Patel

Associate Director of Facilities & Event Services
Central Office
agpatel@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Kevin Baker

Assistant Director of Facilities
Central Office
krbaker@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Gary Brower

Assistant Director for Housing Facility Projects
Central Office
mgbrower@vcu.edu
(804)-828-7666

Nichole Smithson

Assistant Director for Conference and Mail Services
Central Office
nmsmithson@vcu.edu
804-828-7666

Samuel West

Mail Service Coordinator
Central Office
westsj@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Fawn Goode

Facility Coordinator for
Cabaniss, Brandt, Rhoads, Johnson and The Honors College
Central Office
fanolan@vcu.edu
(804) 828-1698

Brent Sprouse

Facility Coordinator for Ackell, Broad & Belvidere, Cary & Belvidere
Grace & Broad, West Grace North and West Grace South
Central Office
bgsprouse@vcu.edu
804-828-1794

RESIDENTIAL INITIATIVES


Andrea Becker

Associate Director of Residential Initiatives
Central Housing
ahbecker@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Noura Allen

Assistant Director of Residential Life for Multicultural Affairs
Central Office
allennc@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Lisa Cooper

Assistant Director of Residential Life for
Leadership Programs
Central Housing
lcooper4@vcu.edu
(804)-828-7666

Laura Jo Rieske

Assistant Director of Residential Life
for Selection and Development
Central Housing
(804) 828-7666
ljrieske@vcu.edu

Jaime Williams

Assistant Director for Residential Life and Housing for Assessment
Central Office
jlwilliams2@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Shannon Arnette

Office Manager for Residential Life
Central Housing
smarnette@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Martha Abera

Graduate Assistant for Leadership
rlhlpga@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Micah Davenport

Graduate Assistant for Selection and Development
rlhsdga@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Christopher Jeter

Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Affairs
(804) 828-7666

RESIDENTIAL LIFE


Megan Becker, Ed.D.

Associate Director of Residential Life
Central Housing
mebecker@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Fletcher Ferguson

Assistant Director of Residential Life
Central Housing
fjferguson@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Samantha Hill

Assistant Director of Residential Life
Central Housing
sahill@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Lerone Joseph

Assistant Director of Residential Life
Central Housing
lhjoseph@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Beth Paris

Assistant Director of Residential Life for Conduct
Central Housing
eparis2@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Kishla Connor

Graduate Assistant Student Conduct
(804) 828-7666

DESK OPERATIONS


Brittany Adams

Coordinator of Desk Operations
adamsbl@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Joshua Edwards

Desk Coordinator
The Honors College
edwardsbucjl@vcu.edu
(804) 827-1288

Ron Joshua Olazo

Desk Coordinator
Central Office
olazorj@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Gabrielle Turner

Desk Coordinator
Central Office
turnergm@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

RHOADS HALL


Dennis Kerwin

Hall Director
(804) 827-0974
Rhoads Hall
djkerwin@vcu.edu

Latiesa Barrier

Area Administrative Assistant
Rhoads, Brandt and The Honors College
lbarrier@vcu.edu
(804) 827-0974

Matthew Critchley

Graduate Assistant for Rhoads Hall
rhoadsahd@vcu.edu

GLADDING RESIDENCE CENTER - FLOORS 2-6 AND GLADDING RESIDENCE CENTER III


Elizabeth Beavers

Hall Director
Gladding Residence Center
beaversea@vcu.edu
(804) 827-8282

Regina Gibson

Area Administrative Assistant
Gladding Residence Center
gibsonrt2@vcu.edu
(804) 827-8282

Amber Livingston

Graduate Assistant
for Gladding Residence Center III
grcadh1@vcu.edu
(804) 827-8282

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