Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders employed by the Office of
Residence Life. They live on-campus among you in the residence halls and
apartments. RAs are there to help provide a fun, educational and
cooperative living environment where everyone can take ownership. The
primary role of a RA is to help you develop community on your
floor/wing, but they also are trained in peer counseling, leadership
development, crisis intervention and establishing community standards
(policy enforcement). RAs are hired because of their leadership skills
and personal commitment to helping you succeed. In short, the RA is the
“go to” person for any question or concern you might have.
Community Advisors (CAs) are more experienced RAs who have been given additional training and responsibility to help guide and mentor a group of RAs. CAs assist the professional, live-in staff members we call Area Coordinators (ACs) in overseeing everything that happens within an area (a designated group or residence halls or apartments).
RAs and CAs are hired early each spring semester for the following academic year. Benefits for being a RA are great, but the work is demanding. Check out our Employment Opportunities page for more information about applying to be a RA.