Western Connecticut State University Housing and Residence Life is a featured program.
In Development! iMatter was developed by one of our RDs, Samantha DiFalco, in response to discussions we had been having as a staff regarding the poor choices our residents were making in terms of drinking, not going to class, personal safety, etc.
For more information, visit http://www.wcsu.edu/housing/imatter.asp
One of the goals was to have students sign a pledge (much like the No Texting While Driving pledge), which can be seen on the link above by clicking on the pledge button. We have done very little to promote this other than the web page, and I don’t think very many students have taken advantage of it on their own. We have, however, produced some posters that we’ve used to help students begin to think critically about their own behavior and its consequences. (These were early posters from 3 years ago – not very graphically pretty, but got some information out!) We are hoping to put together a team that kind of guides some programming efforts with the iMatter program over the course of this year.
The web page talks a little about the ideas behind iMatter, and provides links to our HRL coming events (programs happening in and around the halls), a quick link to campus resources, to the Academic Success Spot, and to the Pledge. We have used the iMatter logo as a bit of a theme, creating a bookmark that gives 3 big tips to becoming successful roommates; we’ve given out bags with the logo on it which say “iMatter in Housing & Residence Life at Western Connecticut State University.”
Submitted by Maribeth Griffin, Director of Residential Programs & Staff, Western Connecticut State University