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Regional Entry Level Institute (RELI)



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, approximately 30 participants and 10 faculty are selected per year. Based on application numbers and space, we may increase that if we are able to.


The individuals participating in RELI as either Faculty or Participants will spend time in a classroom setting as well as individual/one on one time. The goal is to make this a professional and personal experience for all individuals involved.  We will continue to provide presentations and discussions on the following competency areas:

  • Budget & Finance
  • Communication & Social Media
  • Contracts & Occupancy Management
  • Emergency Protocols & Preparation
  • Facilities Management
  • Management & Supervision at the Next Level
  • Policies & Legal Issues
  • Politics & Savviness
  • Program Development & Assessment at the Next Level
  • Theory & Competencies

Faculty Information

Faculty Applications and Nominations are open from February 1, 2024, through March 1, 2024. Notification of successful applicants will be sent by early April.

New this year: In recognition and appreciation of the time that is expected of faculty to participate in RELI, Brill Company will be providing each faculty member a $300 stipend at the conclusion of their time with RELI.  I’ve attached the Brill Company logo to use as marketing and hype!


Participant Information

If you are interested in applying for this professional development opportunity or know someone who would be a strong candidate, please click or forward the link found here ( to complete the application which includes two essay questions. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and selected participants will be contacted with their status via email by the end of March. If you have any questions, please reach out to We look forward to reviewing your applications and assisting with any questions. 


The cost per participant will be $185. This will include lodging, parking, supplies, and partial meal cost. More details about meals will be coming as we get closer to the conference. Transportation to Lincoln, Nebraska will be the responsibility of the applicant.


For more information on RELI please connect with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the following ways: