RA Selection

2016-2017 RA Selection Process

About the Position:

Resident Assistants (RAs) are selected juniors and seniors who serve in the residence halls as peer counselors and advisors. They are available to provide general information and counseling, and to make appropriate referrals as needed. RAs also have responsibility for security, fire protection, and general safety within the dormitories. RAs also function as liaisons between students and the administration. There are six primary areas of responsibility for the RA position:

    (1) Promote and Support the Health and Safety of Residents
(2) Facilitate the Development of a Sense of Community
    (3) Develop Individual Relationships with Residents
    (4) Be a Productive Member of the Staff Team
    (5) Foster Intentional Learning & Development Amongst Residents
    (6)Develop and Demonstrate Ethical Leadership and Professional Skills

RA Application:

RA Application for NEW Candidates
RA Application for RETURNING Candidates

RA Recommendation Form
RA Application Short Answer Questions - NEW Candidates
RA Application Short Answer Questions - RETURNING Candidates

RA Selection Process:

Candidates will need to do the following to be considered for the RA Position:

  1. Complete an RA Application by the deadline of Friday, February 19, 4:30pm EST
  2. Identify 3 people that can complete an RA Recommendation form for you.  For new candidates, you need to have a total of 3 recommendations.  1 of the recommendations needs to be any of the current RAs, and the others can be anyone who can best speak to your potential of serving as a Resident Assistant. We strongly recommend that one of your recommendations be of a previous supervisor, mentor, or coach.
  3. Participate in a 1-hour group interview process.  Candidates will indicate their availability in the application.
  4. Participate in a 30-45 minute in-person interview (note: receiving an in-person interview is contingent on the strength of a candidates' application along with their group interview.  Not all applicants are guaranteed an in-person interview).  Candidates will indicate their availability in the application.
  5. Candidates who are selected to be RAs will be notified within the first two weeks of April (note: candidates who receive the RA position will learn of their community placement in their offer letter.  Individual floor placements will be determined over the Summer.

​RA Information Sessions:

Any students who are interested in the RA position are suggested to attend one of the five informational sessions, in which candidates can learn more about the RA Position, ask specific questions regarding the process, and speak to current RAs about their experience in the position. Please note that attending an information session is NOT mandatory.  The following are the dates, times, and locations of the RA Info Sessions:

Tuesday, February 9, 5-6pm, Black Cultural Center (BCC)
Wednesday, February 10, 5-6pm, Parrish Parlors - West
Tuesday, February 16, 5-6pm, Intercultural Center (IC)
Wednesday, February 17, 4-5:30pm, Office of Student Engagement (Selection Office Hours)


RA Selection Process for Students who are Abroad or Away from Campus

If you are currently abroad/away from campus and wish to be an RA, you will still need to apply for the position by the deadline of Friday, February 19, 4:30pm EST. Since you are abroad, you will be unable to participate in the group interview process.  This will not affect your candidacy.  We are asking abroad/away candidates to respond to an additional question in the application that reflects on their abroad experience.  Candidates who are abroad will be invited to a 30-45 minute Skype interview contingent on the strength of their application and additional reflection.

Current RAs Returning to the Position:

Current Junior RAs who wish to return to the position for a second year will still need to apply for the position by the deadline of Friday, February 19 at 4:30pm EST.  Returning RA Candidates are required to have at least 2 RA Recommendations.  Returning RA Candidates do not have to participate in the Group Interview Process.  All Returning RA Candidates will be invited for an in-person interview with the RA Selection Committee. 

Important Dates for RA Candidates:

The following are tentative dates and times of required trainings that candidates selected as RAs must attend.  If you cannot fully attend these trainings, you cannot serve as an RA, as they are a requirement of the position.  These dates and times are based off of last year's required trainings.  These dates and times will be finalized at a later time and will be communicated in a timely fashion to all candidates who are offered positions.  We ask that you do not finalize travel plans until you receive confirmed dates of trainings, specifically Fall RA Training:

Spring RA Training:
Monday, April 11: 6pm - 8pm
Tuesday, April 12: 6pm - 8pm

Fall RA Training:
Friday, August 12th: RAs can arrive beginning at 8am (note: this is the earliest time an RA can return to campus)
Saturday, August 13th: RA Training Begins at 1pm
Saturday, August 13 - Monday, August 22: RA Training
Tuesday, August 23 - Sunday, August 29: Orientation for New Students
Friday, August 26: Upper-Class Move In

Fall Closing:
Saturday, December 17 - Sunday, December 18: Fall-Term Move Out

Winter RA Training:
Thursday, January 12, Noon: Earliest RAs can return to campus
Friday, January 13: RA Training Begins promptly at Noon.  No RAs can return after this time
Friday, January 13 - Sunday, January 15: Winter RA Training
Saturday, January 14: All students can return to campus

RA Selection Committee:

The RA Selection Committee, a group of SGO-appointed students and senior Resident Assistants play an important role in the RA Selection Process, as they provide assistance in the marketing of the RA position, participate in interview processes, as well as make selection recommendations to the Office of Student Engagement.  These students are very knowledgeable about the RA Selection Process, and are very invested in the residential community experience, so feel free to contact any of them with any questions you may have.  This year's member of the Selection Committee are:

  • Molly Petchenik
  • Riley Collins
  • Kelly Smemo
  • Lihu Ben-Ezri-Ravin
  • Kailyn Witonsky
  • Al Brooks
  • Fatema Jivanjee
  • Salman Safir
  • Frank Wu
  • Leonie Cohen
  • Elaine Zhou
  • Freddy Bernadino
  • Joseph DeBrine
  • Jeffrey Novak
  • Zhenglong Zhou
  • Stephanie Chen
  • Geoffrey Shepard
  • David Wurtele
  • Aaliyah Dillon

 If you have any questions regarding the RA Selection Process, please contact Isaiah Thomas, Assistant Director for Residential Communities.