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Resident Advisors

The Resident Advisor (RA) will serve as a paraprofessional Residential Life staff member during the academic year. RAs work closely with the professional staff in supporting the Residential Life mission of supporting residents in cultivating a meaningful living-learning community and to provide a purposeful experiential program fostering student leadership where residents develop life and interpersonal skills, self-responsibility, and an appreciation for diversity.

Resident Advisors serve as SUPPORTERS:

  • Initiating and maintaining positive relationships with residents.
  • Being accessible and visible for residents within the hall.
  • Listening to concerns.
  • Mediating minor conflicts between residents.
  • Treating conversations with residents confidentially.
  • Leading and facilitating community meetings.

 Resident Advisors serve as a RESOURCE:

  • Communicating pertinent information about Residential Life and the university to residents.
  • Being knowledgeable of Residential Life programs, Student Affairs and University sponsored events.
  • Regularly posting information regarding on and off campus events including related educational materials and service-focused information.
  • Being knowledgeable about university services including Counseling and Career Services, Security, Facilities, Health Center, and other campus offices.
  • Refering residents to other offices on campus when necessary.

Resident Advisors serve as COMMUNITY BUILDERS:

  • Coordinating with the  Residential Life professional staff in assessing the needs and interests of residents.
  • Assisting in the planning and implementation of community building activities for residents. 
  • Assisting the professional staff with community programs.
  • Supporting and participating in community-wide programs.
  • Sharing information relevant to the community at large with representatives of the Residents’ Council.

 Resident Advisors serve as COMMUNITY GUARDIANS:

  • Explaining and enforcing all hall and university policies.
  • Communicating information impacting community citizens (medical, facility, policy) to the professional staff.

Resident Advisors serve as ADMINISTRATORS:

  • Serving "on-duty" in the residence halls.
  • Performing community walks of residence halls.
  • Inform professional staff of issues or concerns that occur within the community at large.
  • Open residents’ doors for lock-outs.
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