Commission for Housing and Residential Life

Mission and Purpose

Residence halls are one of the primary settings for student development programs in colleges and universities. The Commission for Housing and Residential Life (CHRL) is one of the largest of ACPA's commissions and actively involves its members in meeting seven major objectives:

  1. To provide leadership to ACPA and the profession in general for student development in college residence halls.
  2. To identify issues of special concern and advise colleagues regarding these concerns through the support of research efforts, survey information, reports, position papers, and task force investigations.
  3. To communicate innovative ideas, special issues, problem resolution, and research information with a broad base of individuals throughout the country who are involved in residence education.
  4. To maintain a working relationship with other professional organizations, student associations, and other commissions, divisions, and agencies within ACPA that maintain similar or overlapping objectives.
  5. To cultivate professional development experiences through sponsoring and implementing convention programs and regional workshops.
  6. To assist in developing a set of professional standards for staff working in residence halls.
  7. To develop a plan and a process for evaluating the work and leadership of the Commission.

The voices of our membership are important. Join the discussion on our blog, Commission Conversations: Share with us your thoughts, feelings, good news and good ideas. We welcome your voices as we explore the challenges and triumphs of our colleagues in housing and residential life. And once you've explored that opportunity, please check out other opportunities to get involved with the association.

You can also follow us on Twitter: @ACPA_CHRL

Directorate Body Leadership 2017-2018

  • Chair: Laura Arroyo, Elon University
  • Past Chair: Troy Seppelt, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Vice Chair: Claire Semer, Bowling Green State University
  • Vice Chair: Nathan Winters, University of Missouri
  • Vice Chair: Mohamad Saab, The Ohio State University
  • Vice Chair: Ann Schafer, University of Oklahoma
  • MarQuita Barker, Elon University
  • Rachel Collier, UNC School of the Arts
  • Dennis Scott, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Devin Budhram, New York University
  • Bianca Hicks, University of Akron
  • Shetina Jones
  • Amy Howard, Maryville University
  • Brandin Howard, University of Vermont
  • Douglas Stoves, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Jessica Prodoehl, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Steven Knepp, Millersville University
  • Dennis Scott, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Marquis Bennett, Morrisville State College
  • Jess Shapiro, Ithaca College
  • Tim Reardanz, Bowling Green State University


CHRL Series: Sponsored Webinars 2017

Activating the Potential for Bystander Intervention on Campus
Laura S. Dahl, Ohio State University; Marc A. Lo, New York University; Ethan Youngerman, New York University
Chris Stipeck, New York University
RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, May, 31, 2017
2:00pm EDT

(Re)imagining Theory-to-Practice in Residential Education 
Brian L. McGowan, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Philip Badaszewski, University of Pittsburgh
MarQuita Barker, Elon University; Reginald Blockett, Indiana University; Arian Bryant, University of Central Florida
Kelly Hennessy, The College of New Jersey
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
2:00pm EDT

Living Environments and Student Engagement: Research Findings and Implications 
Polly Graham, Indiana University-Bloomington; Sarah Hurtado, Indiana University-Bloomington
Robert Gonyea, Indiana University-Bloomington

Good Housekeeping: Housing Experiences Matter to LGBTQ College Student Success 
Amanda L. Mollet, University of Iowa; Jodi Linley, University of Iowa; Molly Elizalde, University of Iowa
Liza Hurley, University of Iowa; Joshua Holmes, University of Iowa; Paula Kinney, University of Central Florida
Alex Waad, University of Iowa; Kari Weaver, University of Iowa; Kristen Renn Michigan State University
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
1:00pm EDT

Transformative Residential Curricula: Lessons Learned Over 10 Years
Hilary Lichterman, University of South Carolina; Kathleen Kerr, University of Delaware
Keith Edwards, Speaker, Consultant & Coach
Thursday, September 7, 2017
2:00pm EDT

2017 ACPA Convention Highlights

2016 CHRL Highlights


Directorate Body Positions

Commission for Housing and Residential Life Awards

ACPA Commission-Wide Awards