The REACH Program embraces the philosophy that the true college experience includes the option of an inclusive residential experience in which students in the REACH Program live on campus with other College of Charleston students. To this end, we developed a living community that allows students in the REACH Program to live with traditional students who wish to experience an inclusive residential environment. The College of Charleston currently offers several different living/learning communities for students who have similar intellectual and professional interests (e.g., civic engagement, women and gender studies), and the REACH Residence extends these residential offerings and provides a novel and unique avenue for all students to participate most fully in inclusion.
Because independent life skills (e.g., self-advocacy, nutrition, personal finance) are best learned in an interactive, realistic environment, the life skills component of the program is offered in the residential house. Students in the REACH Program who opt out of the residential component of the program still attend the life skills course with the resident students in the REACH Program, and receive peer mentor support for translating those life skills to their home environments.
Who lives in REACH Housing?
Like all residential units on campus, the residence will have:
- Typical College of Charleston students
- An Undergraduate Residential Advisor, who lives in the house for basic support
The residence will also have:
- Graduate assistant for additional residential support
- Graduate assistant for weekend plans and travels
Amenities include cable tv, wifi, onsite laundry room, and a full kitchen.
If you are a traditional CofC student and would like to apply to live in the historical living and learning community for 2012-2013, please complete an application and turn it in to Edie Cusack. Applications for the REACH Program, both for the program and for housing, are available on the Admissions page.