Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RA) are students who serve as paraprofessional Residential Life staff members 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 Assistants 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 Assistants 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.
  • Referring residents to other offices on campus when necessary.

Resident Assistants 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 Assistants 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 Assistants 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.