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The Resident Assistant (RA) is an essential figure in the University’s efforts to create inviting, intellectual, and inclusive residence halls. As an RA, you will have great impact on your students in a variety of ways. You are not “in charge of” your students; rather, you are responsible for and accountable to them – your goal as an RA is to build, foster, and manage an academic community of young adults. This position is complex and you will take-on many challenges as you serve the needs of your residents and your University.
The duties and responsibilities of an RA are numerous and overlapping. The description that follows is long but in no way comprehensive; the success of an RA is measured by exceeding the expectations described herein and not merely meeting the minimum competencies required.
The Department of Residential Life believes that RAs have three main roles in their work with students: as an EDUCATOR, a COMMUNITY LEADER, and an ADMINISTRATOR.