Purpose & Staff

Our Vision

With compassion, we meet students where they are and encourage them to do their best.

Our Mission

The Office of Residence Life brings students and housing together in a safe and comfortable living environment.  Our staff provide services and learning experiences beyond the classroom to promote educational, social, and personal growth, as well as manage the judicial affairs for residential and commuter students.

Our Core Values

Direct Communication:  We encourage everyone to respectfully dial-direct.
Emotional Intelligence:  Increasing self-efficacy through learning opportunities based on empathy, self-awareness, motivation, social skills, and self-regulation.
Resource Referral:  We’re generalists who refer students to appropriate experts to fulfill their purpose.
Personal Relationships:  We get to know each other, and we care.
Diversity and Inclusion:  Celebrating the wide-range of differences in the human experience, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, religion, and thought. We emphasize civil discourse in a community where all must be able to feel they belong.
Leadership:  Robust opportunities to strengthen skills, get involved, and be in service to others.

Our Staff

In addition to the professional staff listed below, 26 current undergraduate students serve as resident assistants to carry carry out the office's purpose.

LaShawnEmail: taylor@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3936 
Office: Whitaker Campus Center, Student Life Suite, Room 228 
Areas responsible for: New Residence Hall and Duplexes
Pronouns: he/him/his

 

Biography

LaShawn Taylor was heavily involved as a student leader during his undergraduate years at Shepherd University. After completing his bachelor’s degree in English with a creative writing concentration and a minor in communications and new media, LaShawn entered the College Student Development and Administration master’s program at Shepherd University.  He served there as a hall director, mentoring and being a resource for residents and student leaders.  During LaShawn’s time at Hood, he works to help students reach their full potential so that they can be successful in reaching their goals.  Some of LaShawn’s hobbies include playing with his dog Tinker, writing, painting, and pretending to sing.  He is also a huge fan of the Washington Football Team and enjoys acting.

Education

  • M.A., Shepherd University
  • B.A., Shepherd University

Becky VanWychenEmail: vanwychen@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3966
Office: Whitaker Campus Center, Student Life Suite, Room 229
Areas responsible for: Meyran hall
Pronouns: she/her/hers
 

Biography

Becky VanWychen became heavily involved within residence life during her undergraduate years when she served as resident assistant and in leadership roles within the National Residence Hall Honorary and Residence Hall Association. After completing her bachelor's degree in Dairy Science and Pre-Veterinarian Medicine, she completely shifted her life goals by deciding to pursue a career in higher education student affairs. This decision took her Arkansas, where she pursued a Master's degree in College Student Personnel while working in residence life. During this time, Becky really found her purpose supporting students in all their endeavors and mentoring them along the path to success. Becky hopes to continue this while serving as area coordinator at Hood College. In her free time, Becky loves to take her dog, Stark, on nice long walks, play video games, and run her youtube channel. 

Education

  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-River Falls

MartinEmail: owusuantwi@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3627
Office: Whitaker Campus Center, Student Life Suite, Room 227
Areas responsible for: Memorial Hall and Coblentz Hall
Pronouns: he/him/his

 

Biography

Martin Owusu-Antwi is a native of Ghana (West Africa) where he was born and raised. After competing for three years in the NCAA D1 Track and Field, he came to Hood College to pursue his second master's in Cybersecurity. He holds a bachelor’s in social science from Coppin State University and a master’s in Administration from Western Kentucky University. Martin currently still competes in local and international meets. Sports are a huge part of his life as he believes it helps bridge the social gap and unifies people from all over. He loves soccer, football, basketball and track. Martin’s favorite sports teams are the Baltimore Ravens, the United States Women’s Soccer Team and Manchester United. An avid world traveler, he’s been to seventeen countries and counting, with Australia and Qatar being his favorite destinations. 

Education

  • B.S., Coppin State University

  • M.A., Western Kentucky University 

KoriEmail: kpayne@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3627
Office: Whitaker Campus Center, Student Life Suite
Areas responsible for: Shriner Hall and Smith Hall
Pronouns: she/her/hers

 

Biography

Kori Payne is fairly new to the leadership role within the residence life community. However, after completing her undergraduate at Frederick Community College and Emmanuel College, she is very familiar with being a resident and the responsibilities of the residential community. After earning an Associates degree in General Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, she wanted to continue to further her education. As a result, Kori is a current graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Hood College. She plans on serving the residence life community as a resource, mentor, and hall director. Her main goal is to create a positive environment where every student, resident, and faculty / staff member feels welcomed. Some of Kori’s hobbies include lacrosse, volleyball, playing bass clarinet, hiking, working out, and going to the movies. She enjoys poetry, art, and fine dining.  

Education

  • A.A., Frederick Community College
  • B.S., Emmanuel College