Residence Education and Housing Services

Resident Assistant Selection

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About the Position

As a Resident Assistant (RA), students assume responsibility for:

  • Creating an inclusive and safe community built upon respect.
  • Holding themselves and their team to a high moral and ethical standard.
  • Acting as a positive role model.
  • Engaging students in personal growth and development through this position.
  • Challenging themselves to develop new skills, attitudes, and knowledge through this position.
  • Communicating appropriately with supervisors, staff, and residents.

RAs receive a single occupancy room, an unlimited meal plan, and a membership to the Quad Core Fitness Center as compensation for serving in the position. Meals will be provided during all training activities and break coverage.

Application Process

The Resident Assistant application is currently available and will close at 5pm on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Interview Process 

The RA interview process will include individual, group, and practical components. During the interview, the candidate will have the chance to share personal experiences, answer questions, engage in group discussion, and act out a minor situation while meeting with professional staff and current RAs. The process will take just under an hour with time to fill out a reflection about the process at the end. Candidates will be prompted to think about different situations RAs encounter regularly. Candidates will determine how best they would be able to identify problems and assist residents in solving issues like homesickness, loneliness, and roommate conflicts. The interview process is not designed to test the candidate's knowledge of policy, but instead will focus on the interpersonal and critical thinking skills the candidate will bring to the position. The interview process will take place February 14-16, 2020. Offer letters are expected to be available in the Housing Office on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Required Information Session

All RA applicants must attend an information session to be considered for a position. There will be a larger information session on November and Q&A time with current staff on November 7 from 7-8pm in the Wadsworth Hall Annex.  Following this, smaller scale information sessions will take place in the different halls in early December and late January.  More information will be sent out as the date gets closer.