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University Housing Hosts TACUHO Drive-In Event

Wednesday, June 19, University Housing hosted representatives from Carson-Newman and East Tennessee State University to strengthen relationships between institutions in East Tennessee and explore common trends on our respective campuses. The day was filled with productive discussion and collaboration.

University Housing staff at the University of Tennessee gather with staff from Carson Newman and East Tennessee State University for a group photo.

University Housing staff at the University of Tennessee gather with staff from Carson Newman and East Tennessee State University for a group photo.

The event provided an opportunity for housing professionals in East Tennessee to develop a network of support and collaboration. The group identified several trends on our respective campuses that were also relevant on other the campuses in attendance. This event provided the space to discuss those trends, while also exploring solutions and innovative ways to address those issues.

Major trends that surfaced in the discussion included methods to continue Resident Assistant training throughout the year, supporting the increase in the mental health of students as housing professionals, and engaging residents through technology.

The TACUHO Drive-In was a wonderful and relaxed opportunity to connect with some of our fellow East Tennessee colleges and universities. The relaxed format of the event allowed for holistic and honest dialogue about ways to improve our campus housing experiences for our students. We heard from other professionals working with different institution types and shared our wins from the year, as well as our identified areas of growth. I hope to see more of these sub-regional “conferences” to foster more open and consistent dialogue between our neighbors. I think this is a wonderful start to building strong relationships and learning from one another!- Alicia Martinez, Massey Hall Director

In an effort to strengthen TACUHO as a state housing organization, the campuses hope to continue offering a summer drive-in event (with rotating host institutions) for the various regions of Tennessee. This inaugural drive-in served as a great model for how future years can develop beyond what was done this year!