The Bantam Network Residential Learning Community aims to provide an inclusive living and learning community that fosters student development by cultivating opportunities for student learning and encouraging behaviors that reflect our values of academic achievement, social responsibility, intercultural knowledge and competence, holistic wellness, and community engagement.

A Focus on Student Learning

We strive to cultivate an inclusive living and learning community that fosters student development.  The Bantam Network Residential Learning Community aims to enhance the connection between students’ social engagement, curricular learning, co-curricular experiences, and experiential learning.  The Bantam Network will cultivate opportunities for student learning as reflected in the form of academic excellence, social responsibility, intercultural knowledge and competence, community engagement, and wellness.

Working within the Restorative Justice framework, we challenge our students to: become more self-aware, hold themselves and their peers accountable to an ethic of care and empathy, and actively participate in the development of a healthy and robust community, thereby helping them enhance their sense of personal and social responsibility.  Utilizing this framework allows us to address wrongdoing, while upholding community standards. We believe that accountability and justice empower individuals to take responsibility for any concern or harm they may have caused to another or the community and to learn from the incident. We aim to go beyond the act of rule-breaking and, instead, focus on identifying and addressing the impact of an individual’s actions on the larger community.

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Learning Goals

As a result of participating in the Bantam Network experience, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Explain the impact personal actions can have on others.
  • Create positive connections to the campus community.

Through programming efforts of the Bantam Network Residential Learning Community, along with our campus partners in the Quest Program, The Charleston House for Interfaith Collaboration, and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will build upon successful interactive initiatives that promote collective strength and leadership at Trinity College.

 

Adapted from Stanford University, Skidmore College, the University of Denver, and the University of Kentucky.