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

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. This years cohort:


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.

2014-15 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.

2014-2015 Community Relations Facilitator Team




CRF Owen

Owen Le Sesne

Major: Political Science (Option in Law, Politics, and Society)

Year: Senior

Hometown: Everett, Washington

Hobbies: Swimming, Dixon in general, reading and writing Fiction novels, Table Top RPGs

#1 Most Played Song: Pretty Hurts


CRF Magali

Magali Sánchez

Major: Ethnic Studies, Minor in Spanish

Year: Junior

Hometown: Woodburn, Oregon

Hobbies: Soccer, Drake, Family, Parties, Soccer Games, Netflix, Korean Dramas, Shopping

#1 Most Played Song: Trophies by Drake AND Lost & Found by Lianne La Havas


CRF Elizabeth

Elizabeth Hernandez-Cuesta

Major: Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Year: Senior

Hometown: Wilsonville, Oregon

Hobbies: Going to Concerts, Dancing, and spending time with my family

#1 Most Played Song: Alive by Empire of the Sun


CRF Gustavo

Gustavo Garcia

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Sophomore 

Hometown: Guanajuato, Mexico

Hobbies: Film, Photography, Hiking, Dance

#1 Most Played Song: Lay Me Down by Sam Smith


CRF Denisse

Dennise Garcia

Major: Psychology

Year: Junior

Hometown: SE Portland, Oregon

Hobbies: Attending events at OSU

#1 Most Played Song: Flawless


CRF Courtney

Courtney Kamiya

Major: Accounting with an International Business option

Year: Junior

Hometown: Mililani, Hawaii

Hobbies: Soccer, Surfing, Photography & Hiking

#1 Most Played Song: Extraordinary by Clean Bandit (Klingande Remix) & No Other Love by Common Kings


CRF Maira

Maira Rodriguez

Major: Human Development and Family Services with a Minor in Public Health

Year: Senior

Hometown: Woodburn, Oregon

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!

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.

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.