In addition to pairing residential communities by class sections, Office of Student Life staff members (Resident Directors and Resident Assistants) lead initiatives to facilitate a sense of belonging in our residential communities.

Peer Mentors
All incoming students at High Point University will be assigned a Peer Mentor.  Peer Mentors are returning students who have volunteered to assist new students in their transition to HPU.  Peer Mentors serve as a familiar face on campus, offering support and guidance.  Peer Mentor groups are organized by residence hall community.

Panther Chats

One-on-one conversations between Resident Assistants and residents that allow students to actively reflect on their experience at HPU.  The outcomes of these conversations include building a relationship between the RA and resident, identifying things that are going well and positively reinforcing those behaviors, and identifying problem areas and working toward resolution or referral to campus resources.

Community Meetings
Students will meet monthly to build relationships as a floor unit, address concerns as a community, and discuss a specific topic related to the Common Experience theme.  These meetings are mandatory for first-year students.

  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 29
  • November 26
  • January 17
  • February 25
  • March 25
  • April 29

Community Agreements
At the first Community Meeting, Resident Assistants facilitate the formation of a Community Agreement stating the expectations residents have for the community. This “living” document provides guidelines for the community and is revisited monthly and amended as needed.