Every student living on Grounds has a Resident Advisor (RA) who lives within the residential community. The RAs are supervised by a Senior Resident (SR) who oversees an entire building or residence area.
These student leaders, identified through a peer-driven selection process, are committed to building strong communities that value the University's traditions of honor and student self-governance. Through structured programs and informal peer advising, the RAs and SRs support the physical well-being of students and their academic, social, and emotional development.
The 240 RAs and SRs are supervised and directed by 2 undergraduate Co-Chairs who work with students and with the Housing & Residence Life area coordinators and deans to develop the vision for the residence life program.
RAs are required to plan programs in six categories for students living in their areas:
- Health & Wellness – emphasizing things like healthy eating, time management, stress relief and much more.
- Multicultural Awareness – as a University we value the fact that "different approaches, perspectives, and backgrounds" are an important message for all students to internalize.
- Personal Enrichment – acquiring new skills through opportunities ranging from cooking classes to personal finance workshops.
- Community Outreach – as part of an institution founded on the idea of creating civic leaders, it is important that we give back to the community through service or philanthropic activities.
- Academic and Intellectual Inquiry – RAs engage faculty and promote speakers and events around Grounds as another avenue to furthering academic growth.
- Social Programming – part of living in a community is getting to know those people that live around you. RAs plan social activities to help facilitate those interactions.
RAs also serve as mentors and role models. Because they have the capability to impact all students living on Grounds, RAs are expected to act with the utmost responsibility and professionalism in order to best serve all of their residents. As part of this role, RAs articulate and uphold University policies, including the Undergraduate Record and Housing Terms and Conditions. In addition, the Resident Staff program supports student self-governance through interaction with the Honor Committee and the University Judiciary Committee.