Spring Orientation and Training
Newly hired RAs will be required to participate in Spring 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.
The top alternates for each area (First Year, Upperclass, etc.) will be invited to attend spring and fall training sessions.
"The great part about being an RA is having the opportunity to be a part of the energy and excitement first years bring to Grounds as they begin to discover what UVA has to offer and what it means to be part of the Wahoo Community."
-Perrin, College '15
Senior Staff Training
Senior Staff Training (SST) is the week-long preparatory instruction on the fundamental skills for success as a Senior Resident or Program Coordinator. The training is facilitated by Deans, ACs, and Co-Chairs 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.