Staffing: Resident Assistants and Residence Directors
Hairstyles may change, fashions may change, and (most unfortunately) music may change, but one thing remains constant - students come to college in search of identity, independence and intimacy.
Students are trying to figure out who they are, what they want, and how they'll take care of themselves. Some students are well equipped to handle these issues; others do not have a clue where to begin. No matter what the starting point, Resident Assistants and Residence Directors are here to assist students in working through these challenges.
Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper-class students who go through an intensive selection process in order to serve as the in-hall supervisor/counselor/policy enforcer. Each RA is responsible for the day-to-day functioning of a section of the residence area, usually a floor, house, or nest. RAs are often involved in advising students, following up on maintenance concerns, presenting programs for residents, and confronting students who are violating College policies.
The training received by the RA staff is extensive, covering topics such as leadership and facilitation, crisis intervention and active listening. Though we are very proud of our staff's abilities, it is important to recognize that they are students too, and must balance their job responsibilities with their academic goals.
Resident Assistants are supervised by professional Residence Directors (RDs), who have master's degrees and are well versed in student affairs administration. Each RD supervises between six and 14 RAs and between 140 and 600 students. They are responsible for the student development program in their area, including facilities management, discipline, co-curricular programming, resource referral, counseling, information dissemination, and staff training and supervision. If you have a question about life in the residence hall, please feel free to give your student's RD a call.