Student Leadership

One significant way students are able to be involved in the UHDS facilities is through participation in student leadership. These student jobs and organizations provide leadership for many of the larger programming events available to student residents.

UHDS Student Leadership

University-wide Student Leadership

CAMP Scholar Interns (CSIs)

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The CAMP Scholars Internship program is a collaboration between University Housing & Dining Services and the College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP), and was created to ensure that young students with a history in migrant or seasonal agricultural work develop their personal and professional potential. The CAMP Scholars Internship (CSI) program combines leadership training with hands-on and practical intern experience during the academic year.

The College Assistance Migrant Program is a federally-funded program designed to support students whose history includes migrant/seasonal agricultural work. The program provides financial and academic support to first-year students with the goal of preparing them for further success in college. This national program has been providing student support since 1972 and exists at many colleges and universities across the nation.

Each year, CAMP Scholar Interns (CSIs) work in specific University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) units based on an attempt to match student interests with organizational needs. The internship consists of ten hours of work, including meetings and other active program experiences which will provide an opportunity for the CSI’s to develop and practice skills that help them succeed as students and community members of Oregon State University and meet the learning outcomes of the program.

 

 

CSI 2013-2014 Interns

CAMP Scholar Intern Learning Outcomes

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Understand identity and personal history

    CSI participants should be able to reflect on dimensions and aspects of their identity, identify key important aspects specifically, and recognize how they came to be aware of those areas as well as the impact it has had on their lives.


Identity as student at a predominantly white institution

    Recognize how their identity impacts their experience at a predominantly white institution of higher education, as well as acquire tools to use in order to navigate successfully through their schooling.


Deconstructing expectations

    Interpret expectations to gain a better understanding of what is expected of them and how it can be delivered. Expectations may be communicated in a variety of ways, making the interpretation of them particularly difficult. Demonstrate ability to ask for clarity when needed.


Communicating cross-culturally

    Learn about communication and the different forms communication can take. Reflect on the impact of culture on forms and styles of communication. Often times learning to communicate involves proactively seeking understanding and seeking relationship across cultural boundaries. This can mean both macro (large in scale) and micro (small) level cultures.


Developing supportive relationships

    Understand what supportive relationships look like and how to create these relationships. Supportive relationships may look different for each individual and thus this outcome involves self reflection – they must explore these relationships in terms of personal support, academic support and support in other areas of their life.


Time management

    Practice and gain experience in prioritizing and managing various time commitments simultaneously. Use tools to manage their time commitments including calendars, planners and other scheduling tools.


Understanding and interpreting leadership

     Learn about specific concepts of leadership including theories and styles. Observe different styles of leadership in supervisors, mentors and in other contexts.


Leadership skills and goal setting

    Gain practice and experience in exploring their own personal leadership qualities and developing leadership skills.  Recognize their leadership style, what they do well as a leader, and ways to develop those skills. Demonstrate practical and tangible goal setting, including the identification of personal, academic and social goals.  Examine the accomplishments needed to reach those goals and understand what knowledge skills and abilities get you where you want to go.


Pathways – developing leadership opportunities

    Explore potential leadership pathways in the OSU community and beyond. Employ current positions, relationships and resources in this process.  Identify steps needs for pursuing these leadership development opportunities.

 
Offices and departments on campus

    Recognize offices and departments as resources available on campus. Demonstrate ability to (a) identify the need to use resources (yourself or a friend),(b) find applicable and available resources, and (c) talk about how to access them when needed.


People and mentors as resources

    Recognize people and mentors as resources available on campus. Demonstrate knowledge of how to identify people and mentors as resources and cultivate these relationships.


Financial Management skills and resources

    Gain information and knowledge about financial issues relevant to navigating academic career including bank accounts, school accounts, financial aid, internships, loans, debt, and scholarships. Develop financial skills for managing money on a budget and reducing debt accumulation.


Academic Success

    Develop skills and academic strategies that promote academic success. Use a number of different tools and resources in order to reach that goal.

CSI Advisory Board

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The CSI Advisory Board offers advice and direction to the CSI program. They also act as mentors for the CSIs in preparation for their capstone presentation.

Board Member  

Title

Office

Amas Aduviri

Director

College Assistance Migrant Program

Dave Craig

Assistant Director

UHDS – Residential Education

Clare Creighton

Coordinator

September Scholars Program

Greg Contreras

Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist

College Assistance Migrant Program

Janet Nishihara

Director

Educational Opportunities Program

Tom Scheuermann

Director

UHDS

Jennifer Viña

Assistant Director

UHDS – MAC

Teresita Alvarez-Cortez

Assistant Director

UHDS – DIP

Melisa Lopez

Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator

College Assistance Migrant Program

CSI Internships

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CSI interns participate in one of five internships during the course of the academic year. In 2013-14, the internships include:

Internship A - Fall 2013 (6 weeks)

Diversity Initiatives and Programs: Leadership Development Series/Social Justice Education Facilitation

Supervisor:  Christopher Hughbanks, Coordinator, Diversity Initiatives and Programs

Unit Name:  Diversity Initiatives and Programs

Unit Functions:  Diversity Initiatives and Programs in a unit within Housing and Dining services that has the function of creating a vision and developing a community of staff, student staff, and students that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals and their identities including their race, ethnicity, sexual attraction, ability, socioeconomic class, gender, sex, gender expression, religious beliefs, non-beliefs, spirituality, first language, nationality, and physical size, among others. We execute a series of trainings and social justice workshops that support UHDS staff and students in engaging with topics of social justice, identity awareness, fairness, and equity.   

Description:  CSIs will co-facilitate our five week leadership engagement series for first year students.  In particular CSIs will coordinate the mentorship portion of the series that matches participants with UHDS staff, and will lead specific activities and lessons on recognition and staying motivated as a leader.  CSIs will also have the opportunity to co-create social justice training activities for our residential and cooperative students.  Finally CSIs will help in assessing the impact of these initiatives on participants.  

 

Resident Hall Kitchen Information for Website

Supervisor: Tara Sanders, UHDS Registered Dietitian

Unit Name:  Dining Services

Unit Functions:  Responsible for providing a living-learning environment as a gateway for academic and personal success. The mission of Dining Services is to provide meals, furnish retail and catering food service to students, faculty, staff, conference groups and campus visitors. As a self-funded auxiliary, Dining Services supports the residential life experience, promotes nutrition education, encourages diversity and cultural awareness, and enhances the image of the University.

Description: CSIs will take professional photos of all resident hall kitchens, develop a list of general equipment available for check out in the halls, create list of halls that have larger kitch­­ens to add as an amenity, and work with marketing to provide content for the website; Make suggestions on how to organize data on the UHDS website.

 

RA Search Marketing and Outreach Support      

Supervisor:  Claudia Gonzalez, Resident Director, Poling Hall

Unit Name: Residential Education

Unit Functions: Responsible for providing a living-learning environment as a gateway for academic and personal success.  The Residential Education Unit manages programs, functions, and services in the residence halls that promote community, academic, personal, and social development, as well as connectedness to the greater institution. 

Description:  CSIs will learn about effective strategies for promoting/marketing the Resident Assistant position during the RA Search process.  They will gain an understanding of the RA position and its role in Residential Education.  They will work independently, and as part of a larger RA Search Committee. They will also manage/develop advertising for 2013-14 RA search (flyers, posters, electronic); serve on RA Search Committee with team of RDs, RAs, and CDs; and update and outreach to departments, student organizations, and other student support offices to promote position.  By the end of the internship the CSIs will complete all marketing for RA Search completed and post it online.

 

Multimedia and Social Media Projects

Supervisor:  Nancy Raskauskas, Online Marketing Specialist

Unit Name:  Marketing, Assessment & Communication

Unit Functions:  Educates incoming and first-year students about the choices available to them on campus through direct mail and email, then directing them to learn more via our website content such as hall pages and virtual tours; and finally greeting them with on- and off-campus visit days and private tours. We also foster digital communities through our public website and social networks, as well as the private OSU on Facebook application that allow our students to mingle online before ever setting foot on campus. Throughout the academic year, we highlight UHDS and on-campus offerings via a bi-weekly eNewsletter, website, blog and social media posts, posters and videos in our facilities.

Description:  Interns will work together to select a fall program related to UHDS to promote via UHDS social networks, then create and execute a plan to encourage students to engage in social media  around the event or program. Interns will attend the program or event and document with photos, videos and/or social media posts. Throughout the term, interns will participate in marketing and design related brainstorming and critiquing of MAC team work. Interns will practice professional communication via email, video chat and in-person check-ins. Interns will also be responsible for upkeep of CSI program webpage and social networks.

 

 Off-campus Living Resource Guide

Supervisor:  Jacqueline Chambers, Homestay Program Coordinator, and Shannon Kelly, Administrative Program Specialist

Unit Name: Operations and Facilities

Unit Functions:  We maintain UHDS systems and facilities to promote the success of our students and staff. Assignments, maintenance, service centers, the Homestay program, family housing, facilities planning, and residential conferences are all part of the Operations and Facilities unit.

Description: CSIs will create an informational binder for our scholars and interns, including information about Corvallis, OSU, and the surrounding area. In addition, the binder will include information about UHDS and OSU policies and procedures, emergency protocols, and general FAQs. CSIs will help out with the operations of our Scholar and Intern program.

 

Internship B - Winter/Spring 2014 (12 weeks) 


Residential Conferences Student Staff Selection

Supervisor:  Dawn Snyder, Operations Manager, and Aimee Scrivens, Residential Conferences and Building Services Coordinator

Unit Name:  Operations and Facilities

Unit Functions:  We maintain UHDS systems and facilities to promote the success of our students and staff. Assignments, maintenance, service centers, the Homestay program, family housing, facilities planning, and residential conferences are all part of the Operations and Facilities unit.

Description:  During Winter Term, the CSIs will work closely with UHDS staff to market the Residential Conferences student staff positions and provide administrative support. They will also participate in the application evaluation and interview process as their schedule allows. During Spring Term, they will assist with training preparation and other administrative tasks.

 

Nutrition Kiosk Promotion in Dining Centers

Supervisor:  Tara Sanders, UHDS Registered Dietitian

Unit Name:  Dining Services

Unit Functions: Responsible for providing a living-learning environment as a gateway for academic and personal success. The mission of Dining Services is to provide meals, furnish retail and catering food service to students, faculty, staff, conference groups and campus visitors. As a self-funded auxiliary, Dining Services supports the residential life experience, promotes nutrition education, encourages diversity and cultural awareness, and enhances the image of the University. 

Description: CSIs will assist with initial installation/implementation, develop signage and marketing materials to promote usage, do tabling and provide education on how to use Trouble Shoot, and make recommendations on improving the tool.

 

Multimedia and Social Media Projects

Supervisor:  Nancy Raskauskas, Online Marketing Specialist

Unit Name:  Marketing, Assessment & Communication

Unit Functions:  Educates incoming and first-year students about the choices available to them on campus through direct mail and email, then directing them to learn more via our website content such as hall pages and virtual tours; and finally greeting them with on- and off-campus visit days and private tours. We also foster digital communities through our public website and social networks, as well as the private OSU on Facebook application that allow our students to mingle online before ever setting foot on campus. Throughout the academic year, we highlight UHDS and on-campus offerings via a bi-weekly eNewsletter, website, blog and social media posts, posters and videos in our facilities.

Description: Practice and grow skills in basic writing, photography, videography, design, and web communications. This group will dive into the creative process of marketing to create and critique work. Students will explore their own answer to the question: How can we use social networks to inform and engage the OSU community?

 

Diversity Initiatives and Programs: Leadership Development Series/Social Justice Education Facilitation

Supervisor:  Christopher Hughbanks, Coordinator, Diversity Initiatives and Programs

Unit Name:  Diversity Initiatives and Programs

Unit Functions:  Diversity Initiatives and Programs in a unit within Housing and Dining services that has the function of creating a vision and developing a community of staff, student staff, and students that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals and their identities including their race, ethnicity, sexual attraction, ability, socioeconomic class, gender, sex, gender expression, religious beliefs, non-beliefs, spirituality, first language, nationality, and physical size, among others. We execute a series of trainings and social justice workshops that support UHDS staff and students in engaging with topics of social justice, identity awareness, fairness, and equity.   

Description:  CSIs will co-facilitate our five week leadership engagement series for first year students.  In particular CSIs will coordinate the mentorship portion of the series that matches participants with UHDS staff, and will lead specific activities and lessons on recognition and staying motivated as a leader.  CSIs will also have the opportunity to co-create social justice training activities for our residential and cooperative students.  Finally CSIs will help in assessing the impact of these initiatives on participants

 

Meet the CSIs

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Diana Rojas

CSI: Diana Rojas 

Hometown: Salem, OR 

Internship A: Residential Education: RA Search Marketing and Outreach Support (Fall 2013 - 2014)

Internship B: Diversity Initiatives and Programs: Leadership Development Series/social Justice Education Facilitation (Winter - Spring 2014)

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Ixel Morales

CSI: Ixel Morales-Castro

Hometown: Molalla, OR

Internship A: Marketing Assessment & Communication: Multimedia and Social Media Projects (Fall 2013 - 2014)

Internship B: Marketing Assessment & Communication: Multimedia and Social Media Projects (Winter - Spring 2014)

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Janet Bucio

CSI: Janet Bucio

 Hometown: Hillsboro, OR

 Internship A: Operations and Facilities: Off-campus Living Resource Guide (Fall 2013 - 2014)

 Internship B: Residential Education: RA Search Marketing and Outreach Support (Winter - Spring 2014)

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Jose Perucho

CSI: Jose Perucho

 Hometown: Cornelius, OR

 Internship A: Marketing Assessment & Communication: Multimedia and Social Media Projects (Fall 2013 - 2014)

 Internship B: Residential Education: RA Search Marketing and Outreach Support (Winter - Spring 2014)

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Juan Gustavo Garcia-Flores

CSI: Juan Gustavo Gracia-Flores

 Hometown: McMinnville, OR

 Internship A: Diversity Initiatives and Programs: Leadership Development Series/social Justice Education Facilitation (Fall 2013 - 2014)

Internship B: Diversity Initiatives and Programs: Leadership Development Series/social Justice Education Facilitation (Winter - Spring 2014)

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Kenya Juarez

CSI: Kenya Juarez

Hometown: Woodburn, OR

Internship A: Diversity Initiatives and Programs: Leadership Development Series/social Justice Education Facilitation (Fall 2013 - 2014)

Internship B: Marketing Assessment & Communication: Multimedia and Social Media Projects (Winter - Spring 2014)

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Lucero Gutierrez-Garcia

CSI: Lucero Gutierrez-Garcia 

Hometown: Hood River, OR 

Internship A: Residential Education: RA Search Marketing and Outreach Support (Fall 2013 - 2014)

Internship B: Dining Services: Resident Hall Kitchen Information For website (Winter - Spring 2014)

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Marilyn Barba

CSI: Marilyn Barba 

Hometown: Ontario, OR

Internship A: Dining Services: Resident Hall Kitchen Information For website (Fall 2013 - 2014)

Internship B: Operations and Facilities: Off-campus Living Resource Guide (Winter - Spring 2014)

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Vanessa Marquez

CSI: Vanessa Marquez

Hometown: Hood River, OR 

Internship A: Dining Services: Resident Hall Kitchen Information For website (Fall 2013 - 2014)

Internship B: Operations and Facilities: Off-campus Living Resource Guide (Winter - Spring 2014)

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Meet the CSI Mentor


The CSI Mentor is a peer leader who provides mentorship to navigate the first-year experience. The CSI Mentor also serves as a resource and liaison for UHDS.

Gabriela Bustos

CSI Mentor: Gaby Bustos-Ramos

 Hometown: Hood River, OR

Community Relations Facilitators

 

 

community relations facilitators

The award-winning Community Relations Facilitator program promotes inclusive and welcoming communities in the residence halls, cooperative houses, and dining facilities through facilitated workshops and programs.  As a function of University Housing and Dining Services the CRFs work and live within the residence halls and operate in the cooperative houses to lead discussions and activities around issues of diversity and social justice. They also act as a liaison for the six cultural resouce centers on campus.

What We Do

The UHDS Community Relations Facilitator position was created as a peer education role to work with student-staff and student leaders in promoting inclusive and welcoming environments in the residence halls, cooperatives, and dining centers.

2012-13 Community Relations Facilitators

Blogging for Social Justice

CRFs blog about a variety of issues stemming from LGBTQ and racial identities, privilege, oppression, masculinity, and allyship.

Multicultural Resource Guide

The OSU Multicultura Resource Guide is a dynamic web-based resource guide providing students, staff, and faculty a centralized place to obtain information on hard-to-find resources. The hope is that this would be specifically useful for students, staff, and faculty who are new to OSU and looking for information on services and resources that are otherwise difficult to find. An example of a commonly reported challenge would be an African-American woman looking for hair care services in Corvallis. The resources are not only local services or businesses but also campus resources.

UHDS Multicultural Resource Library

The UHDS Multicultural Resource Library is filled with a variety of films and books. The library consists of feature films, documentaries, video clips, books, and novels that are available to borrow for professional development as well as utilized during CRF facilitations.

2012-2013 Community Relations Facilitator Team

 

 

Kesh

Rakesh Phillips

Hall: Callahan Hall

Cultural Resource Center: Women's Center

Cooperative House: Azalea House

Major: New Media Communications

Quote: "A place is only as good as the people that are in it" -- Kesh Phillips

Aaron

Aaron Kratzer

Hall: Wilson Hall

Cultural Resource Center: Pride Center

Cooperative House: Oxford House

Major: Physics and Political Science

Quote: "To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.” -- Pearl S. Buck

 

Jesseanne

Jesseanne Pope

Halls: Bloss and Finley halls

Cultural Resource Center: Native American Longhouse

Cooperative House: Dixon Lodge

Major: Psychology

Quote: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
-- Jimi Hendrix (and others)

Nazario

Nazario Rivera

Hall: Poling Hall

Cultural Resource Center: Asian Pacific Cultural Center, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez

Major: General Science with an option in Pre-Pharmacy

Quote: "From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength."
-- Cesar Chavez

Justin

Justin McDaniels

Hall: Cauthorn Hall

Cultural Resource Center: Black Cultural Center

Cooperative House: Avery Lodge

Major: Political Science with a focus on International Relations

Quote: "There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

2012-13 CRF Staff

2012-13 CRF

About the CRF Program

The mission of the Community Relations Facilitatorsis to foster dialogue between residents on topics of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ability, etc. and to promote an environment that celebrates all students through facilitated workshops and programs. We work on a daily basis to promote an inclusize community within the residence halls by engaging other residents in casual active discussions.

Who We Are

As the name indicates, the CRFs primary responsibility is to coordinate facilitation within communities to foster dialogue and promote inclusive environments. The CRFs are trained in several areas, including Team Liberation, readings for Diversity and Social Justice, and Teachings for Diversity and Social Justice, and the Building Inclusive Communities Workshop series.

What We Do!

Discussions
The CRFs can host intergroup dialogues, covering topics from gender, sexual orientation, and race to whiteness, oppression, and political correctness. They are also available on a personal level for one-on-one discussions.

Consultation
The CRFs will be happy to sit down with you and work with you to see what kind of needs your community has. If it is not something we can provide, we will work with you in finding the appropriate facilitator for your needs.

Cultural Programming
If you have an idea for a program dealing with a specific culture, but just don't know what to do or who to come to, schedule some time with the CRFs. We will be happy to point you in the right direction as far as offices on campus, people and other resources that will make your event a success.

Information and referral
If you would like to know what is happening at the cultural centers, who to talk to about facilitation, what certain holidays or observations are, come to us. We also share events and discussion topics through campus communication channels such as the Campus Living eNewsletter, social networks and posters.

What We DON'T Do

Although there are lots of programs and other resources we provide, there are some things that go beyond our scope of ability. Below are some areas that we will be happy to find other people on campus for you that would better serve your needs.

  • Conflict management
  • Crisis management
  • Reactive programming

UHDS Multicultural Resource Library

The UHDS Multicultural Resource Library is filled with a variety of films and books. The library consists of feature films, documentaries, video clips, books, and novels that are available to borrow for professional development as well as utilized during CRF facilitations.

Some videos are geared for specific types of programming, and others can be used for broader use. If you would like to suggest a film to add to our library, please click here.

Feature Films & Documentaries

  • America
  • BarberShop
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Calavera Highway
  • Chicken Run
  • Coach Carter
  • Crash
  • El Contract: The Contract
  • Freedom Writers
  • Gran Torino
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • If These Walls Could Talk 2
  • Lean on Me
  • Lilo & Stitch, Milk
  • Malcolm X
  • Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible
  • Pleasantville
  • Remember the Titans
  • Sarafina
  • School Ties
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Stand and Deliver / Lean on Me Double Feature
  • Tim Wise: On White Privilege
  • Tim Wise: Race in the Age of Obama
  • TransAmerica
  • Unlearning Homophobia
  • Voices Project 2008
  • Voices Project
  • Walking Around Communities
  • What's Race Got To Do With It

Books and Novels

  • The Autobiography of Malcom X
  • All I Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten
  • American Indian Myths and Legends
  • Beyond Tolerance: Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals on Campus
  • Can We Talk About Race?
  • Class Matters
  • Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights
  • Cultural Diversity In Organizations
  • Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics
  • Driving While Black: What to Do if You Are a Victim of Racial Profiling
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Iran Awakening: One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country
  • Leading For Diversity and Social Justice
  • Microaggressions In Everyday Life
  • Part Asian, 100% Hapa
  • Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
  • A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have (second edition)
  • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice
  • Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice
  • The Anti-Racist Cookbook
  • The Vagina Monologues
  • Understanding White Privilege
  • Uprooting Racism
  • White Like Me
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Resident Assistants Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I've never lived in a residence hall. Can I still apply?

Yes. We require that each applicant have completed at least one term as a full time student at Oregon State University or, have been an RA for at least one year at another institution

I know that by being a Resident Assistant, I will receive a room, meal plan, and $450/year stipend. How will that affect my financial aid?

The Resident Assistant position can affect your financial aid or scholarship award. However, to determine how that will affect your situation specifically, please contact the Financial Aid Office. 

Do I already need to know how to confront people or deal with emergencies?

Prior experience in this area is not a requirement to be a Resident Assistant. All staff members receive training before the academic year on many situations that might arise.

Do I have to stay until the residence hall is closed and/or return before the residence halls open?

RAs help facilitate check-in and check-out for residents, and need to have an increased presence during transitional times. For 2011-12, most residence halls will be open continuously from September - June, including during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Each hall will need to have RA duty coverage to serve students who choose to remain on campus during break times. Details of dates and times, which are specific to each academic year, are listed on that year’s current Resident Assistant Agreement.

I’ve heard that there is an RA class during the spring, is that optional?

The RA class is required for all new staff.  Should new staff be hired after the Spring 2011class has completed, they will be required to take the class during Spring term 2012 in order to be eligible to return as an RA in 2012-13.

When does Resident Assistant training begin in the fall?

Resident Assistants will move into the halls from September 2, 2011 to September 5, 2011.  Training will begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

If I have a conflict, can I miss training or be late for it?

No. Attending Resident Assistant training in its entirety and fully participating in opening the halls is required to hold the position. Training lasts approximately through the first day of classes and covers a breadth of information ranging from programming and confrontation, to community building and social justice. The time invested is critical to prepare Resident Assistants on how to serve as resources for their residents.

Can I hold another position on/off-campus if I am a Resident Assistant?

Resident Assistants who desire to hold another position must have prior approval from their Resident Director. Resident Assistants wishing to take more than 18-credits a term also need to seek prior approval from their Resident Director

What if I don't have the required GPA?

Resident Assistant applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and 2.0 term GPA. Applicants will not be considered for placement until they meet the GPA requirements.   All Resident Assistants must be full-time students and progressing toward graduation.

If I have been documented through the university conduct process, can I still be a Resident Assistant?

Students must be in good conduct standing with the university and UHDS. Good conduct standing means: you are not currently on probation nor have been evicted from UHDS, nor are you currently suspended, expelled, or on interim suspension from the university. In addition, you must not have any incomplete sanctions with the UHDS or Dean of Student Life office.

What if I don’t have a resume?

We encourage applicants who are not familiar with the resume or general interviewing process to visit Career Services at OSU. They can provide valuable resources to help you as you apply and interview for the RA position.

Can I have my mom write one of my recommendations?

No.  You should select 2 non-family members who can speak to your job-related and/or leadership skills to be your recommendations. At least one should be from OSU (or your current institution).

What does the interview process entail?

Your interview will begin with your written application. After a review of applications, candidates will be informed on whether or not they will be offered an interview. Interviews will be conducted via phone.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

You can speak to your Resident Director or email the RA Selection chair, David Akana.

Do I have to be involved in my hall council or other clubs in order to be selected?

Involvement in clubs and organizations is not a prerequisite for the RA position. Being involved in the residence hall community can provide candidates with insight into the role of the RA and the dynamics of a residence hall community. Additionally, student leadership experience can provide candidates with insight into effective steps in planning events, managing time and working within a team, all of which are important aspects of being an RA.

Can I choose the building I want to be a Resident Assistant in?

When you apply, you are applying for the position and not for a specific residence hall. Hall placement is determined by the Resident Directors and is based on the needs of the building, as well as the applicant’s skill set.