The Department of Residential Living offers a variety of programs and events specifically
designed to promote student success. In partnership with faculty and staff from across
campus, Residential Living provides regular study halls, academic workshops, and a
variety of involvement and social activities.
Western Carolina PEAKS is our residential first-year experience for freshmen. PEAKS
is a caring community that provides new students with a strong foundation for their
academic career at WCU. PEAKS offers students opportunities focused on helping them
transition to WCU and succeed both personally and academically. The PEAKS program
works with students to help them connect with others and meet the academic challenges
of college. PEAKS students develop meaningful relationships with faculty and staff
and work to clarify their goals and aspirations.
The supportive community in PEAKS is continued in EXTREMES for sophomores and juniors
living on campus. EXTREMES is a cooperative venture of faculty, staff and students
to support the continued development and success sophomores and juniors. Students
who participate in EXTREMES programs will better define academic and personal goals,
create a map of coursework for future semesters, and keep a checklist of activities
to be completed to stay on track to graduate.
Residents also have the opportunity to gain leadership experience by getting involved
with their Residence Hall Council or the Resident Student Association. Through these
organizations, students represent their halls on a variety of campus-wide topics and
work directly with the Department of Residential Living’s leadership team. Students
also have the opportunity to represent WCU at various state, regional, and national
These communities encourage learning both in and out of the classroom. Students with
similar interests and goals take classes together and are housed together on themed
floors. Living – Learning Communities have a high degree of faculty and staff involvement
and make the student experience richer and more meaningful.
band of brothers
Students will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of masculinity.
Students will explore opportunities to express emotion in an appropriate manner and
in a setting where individuals rely on one another for support towards reaching and
utilizing their full potential. There will be opportunities to begin raising awareness
of men's issues among others in the campus community and explore the bonds that are
created between men.
Students will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of sustainability,
as they examine concepts of sustainable development and global climate change. Students
will examine the ecological and economic benefits of conserving energy; examine methods
on how to reduce energy consumption; and have a positive impact on long term energy
consumption habits of the university community. Students will examine the Social Change
Model of Leadership Development within the context of energy consumption and how it
affects the economy, environment and our overall footprint on the Earth.
Secrets of Powerful Women
This class focuses on the bonds that are created between female friends. Students
will examine the role of and issues for women in leadership within the context of
the individual, group afflictions, and communities including the global community.
Students will examine how individuals and cultures measure success as it pertains
to women and how and individual can define her own measures of success. Students will
examine questions surrounding what it means to be a successful woman in the new millennium:
what a successful woman looks like; how she acts; and the role the media plays in
The College of Education & Allied Professions has teamed up with the student organization
WHEE TEACH and Residential Living to create a dynamic first year experience for students
interested in becoming educators. This Learning Community includes an academic cohort
of courses including the Transition Pathway course.