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Spangler Hall (main office for Spangler, Baran and Burton) 360-412-6163
Parsons Hall 360-923-8727
Saint Martin's University
Office of Housing and Residence Life
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Oikos residential learning community
Caring for our world, our communities, and ourselves.
In keeping with the Benedictine values of
community, stability, hospitality, and
stewardship, the residence halls serve as a
second home to hundreds of students from all
walks of life. Greek for “home”, Oikos
(pronounced EE-koss) is the theme of Saint
Martin’s residential learning communities (RLC),
in which first-year students share both a UNI
101 class and a floor community. Oikos is the
root of modern words such as ecology, economy,
ecosystem, and eco-consciousness,
which expresses something essential about life
in the 21st century and the world in which we
With the theme of “home” resonating through both
coursework and out-of-the-classroom experiences,
the residential learning communities will
explore how to care for yourself, your loved
ones, your community, and your world. Students
will discuss what it means to keep your house in
order and how to be a good steward of the planet
and one’s own community.
In the classroom and on the floor, RLC residents
will work towards making sustainable choices so
that all people can lead happy, productive
lives, and they will grapple with difficult
problems in their communities, including
unemployment, homelessness, hunger, pollution,
and injustice. A partnership between first-year
seminar and residence life, the residential
learning communities bring the classroom into
the halls and the floor community into the
- UNI 101 classmates living together in a floor community
- Programming and coursework dedicated to investigating and
resolving contemporary world problems.
- Peer mentors working in collaboration with resident
assistants to provide academic assistance and co-curricular
- Out-of-the-classroom learning and bonding opportunities,
including dinners, trips, service projects, workshops, and
- Community study sessions and discussion groups.
- Enrollment in the corresponding UNI 101 class a desire
to collaborate with classmates and contribute to
group discussions and projects.
- A commitment to being an active and engaged member of the
floor community. Interest in sustainability and/or human rights
and the ethical dilemmas associated with such topics.
- Participation in forming the shared expectations of the
- A willingness to listen to and learn from others.