On April 6, resident directors, resident assistants, and other Residence Life staff members attended an awareness workshop on the best practices for civility in the students’ residences.
The session focused on tolerance and codes of conduct needed for a successful live-in learning environment.
The lead presenter was the Director of Residence Life at Student Affairs, Abdullahi Bello, who spoke on “Civility in Residence Hall Operation: A better approach.”
Senior Resident Director and organizer of the workshop, Mr. Adamu Umar, said, “AUN Residence Halls represent diversity. With students coming from different parts of the world, they need to stay and live together as part of the learning process. We came up with this workshop because we believe that everybody--staff members and students--in AUN deserves to be treated respectfully.”
The workshop was conducted in an interactive manner and participants were given problematic scenarios requiring tolerance and civility as solution.
Making a case for peaceful coexistence in the Residence Halls, Mr. Bello urged the participants to understand that everyone differs in their abilities, but that does not mean one should be labeled as ‘not normal’ or treated differently. Be proud of who you are and not be ashamed of how someone else sees us.”
Executive Director of Communications and Publications, Daniel Okereke, who was a guest at the workshop, commended Mr. Bello for an impressive presentation which was necessary for understanding the AUN diversity. “Student Affairs do one of the most important jobs in AUN because they help in molding our students into who they aspire to be when they graduate.”
Reported by Bashir I. Bashir