Spring Orientation and Training
Newly hired RAs will be required to participate in orientation meetings and training sessions in March and April. These sessions will allow candidates to begin learning the skills necessary to be successful in the Advisor position.
Senior Staff Training
Senior Staff Training (SST) is the week-long preparatory instruction on the fundamental skills for success as a Senior Resident or Vice Chair. The training is facilitated by Deans, ACs, and the Chair of Resident Staff with a few outside presenters. Part of the training takes place on-Grounds and part is conducted off-site (sometimes called "Senior Staff Retreat"). The training takes place prior to O-week, and all Senior Staff members are required to attend. Training topics typically include Leadership, Supervision, Multicultural Education, Professionalism, and Policy/Incident Response.
After SST, our entire Resident Staff takes part in O-week. O-week is where we teach our RAs about the job expectations of the program and provide them with the resources to address concerns that might come up during the year. Because people are able to process information in different ways, we provide training through informational sessions, small group discussions and realistic "Hypothetical Hall" (Hypo-hall) situations. In Hypo-halls, students have the opportunity to learn about and discuss issues, and then practice addressing them before their residents move into the residence hall. We place a large focus on community building and leadership, reminding our staff that as leaders in their community they have the opportunity to set the standard for how people act and treat one another.