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Regional Entry Level Institute
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May 29 - June 1, 2019
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC


The Regional Entry Level Institute (RELI) is an intensive professional development experience for entry-level professionals who aspire to mid-level positions in housing and residence life.  RELI is open to housing/residence life professionals with one to three years of experience. Participants are clustered with other participants and a faculty member who is a mid- to senior-level professional. In an effort to maintain the mentoring environment and ensure faculty/participant engagement, only 32 participants are selected per year.


We are pleased to announce that RELI 2017-2019 will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.


Faculty Info
Name School Email
Mindy Bliss Mars Hill University
Jeannie Hopper University of Mississippi
Brian Johnson University of Alabama - Birmingham
Demarcus Merritt UNC Greensboro
Scott Rausch Emory University
Shylan Scott College of William and Mary
Richard Swearingen University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Priscilla Williams Savannah State University


Participant Info

Applications will begin being accepted on December 17, 2018. The Application Deadline will be March 15, 2019.  Notification of successful applicants will be April 9, 2019 by 11:00 pm.  RELI will be held May 29-June 1 on the campus of The University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. 


Institute Info

The Regional Entry-Level Institute is an intensive four-day professional development opportunity for new professionals who aspire to mid-level positions:

RELI participants will:

  • Attend sessions facilitated by veteran professionals in housing and residential life.
  • Assess current skill levels and devise a professional development plan.
  • Learn practical information designed to help survive and thrive as a mid-level professional.
  • Participate in one-on-one mentoring sessions for in-depth conversations with a cluster leader.

The Institute‚Äôs eight faculty members will spend both classroom and individual time with the attendees making this a great professional and personal experience.  

This year's topics will include:

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Budget
  • Crisis Management
  • Facilities
  • Occupancy Management
  • Professional Development; Career
  • Social Justice
  • Staff Supervision

Interested individuals may also email the 2019 Co-Chairs, or speak with representatives who will be available throughout the SEAHO 2019 Conference.

For more information please contact the RELI 2019 Co-Chairs

Name Role School Email
Shannon Jordan Co-Chair Appalachian State University
Stephanie Carter Co-Chair Wake Forest University


Our Mission

SEAHO advances excellence in housing programs and staff by promoting best practices, networking, professional development and involvement opportunities.