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Student Life Hosts RA Information Sessions

Vaishnavi Peyyety, Red & Black Current Events Writer


RA's Cassie Carr and Hannah Haussmann at 2022 Block Party. (Photo courtesy WJ College)
Hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Paraproselection team, the Residential Assistant Information Sessions provide more details on what it means to be an RA. Three interest sessions spanned the month of November and aimed to provide more clarification on the RA position, necessary qualifications, and application process. RAs support and engage residents, foster a warm environment in residence halls, ensure residents’ safety and promote the College’s values.

RAs are expected to host programs to build relationships among peers, meet with students 1-on-1, communicate effectively with Residence Life Staff, mediate conflicts, hold floor or building meetings, serve as a resource for students, and aid with various assignments. To qualify for the position, one must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher, maintain good disciplinary standing, be a full-time on-campus student and represent the Office of Belonging & Engagement, Division of Student Life, and Washington & Jefferson College.

"RAs support and engage residents, foster a warm environment in residence halls, ensure residents’ safety and promote the College’s values."

To apply, students must have their resume reviewed by the Center for Professional Pathways, complete the application on MyW&J, attend LeaderSHIFT, and interview with Residence Life Staff. While this process may seem extensive, it allows Residence Life Staff to choose students who can truly contribute and benefit from joining the Residence Life team. Speaking from experience, it is important to take one step at a time and ask the Residence Life team any questions you may have. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience as an RA so far, but I can understand how this position may not be for everyone. However, if you are interested in becoming an RA, we encourage you to apply!
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