Welcome to one of the most significant student leadership opportunities Goshen College has to offer. Thank you for considering joining the Residence Life team. Like all other great opportunities, comes great responsibility. Here you will find some of the expectations that come with these positions so that you are able to thoughtfully consider your desire to commit to this task.
Effective Residence Life staff are interested in the students that reside on their floors. They are creative and energized by social interactions with other residents and staff members. They are fun-loving, dedicated, committed to the standards, mature, positive, dependable, and courageous.
If the above attributes describe you, I invite you to enter the application process for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please send the references link to your current RA as part of your application.
REFERENCES FORM (Have your current RA fill out this Reference Form)
Provide Leadership for the Residence Hall Unit.
- Arrive early at the beginning of each semester to welcome floor members, provide supervision, and check people into rooms.
- Stay until floor members have gone at the end of each semester or May term to say good-bye, provide supervision, and check people out of rooms.
- Develop programs and activities with floor members that contribute to social, spiritual, and intellectual growth.
- Call and lead floor meetings as necessary.
- Transmit information and policy from the Student Life office to floor members.
- Articulate, interpret and enforce college policies. Report violations to your RD and work cooperatively with him/her to deal effectively with the violations.
- Report problems with the physical facilities and help to maintain an attractive and safe environment.
Establish Relationships with Residents of Your Unit.
- Write letters or e-mail in early August to residents who will be new to campus to welcome them and begin to orient them before they arrive.
- Learn to know each floor member.
- Be a friend, listener, and advocate.
- Assist in the identification and referral of students to appropriate on-campus resources.
- Be a role model in both your on-campus and off-campus behavior.
Participate in Staff In-Service Training and Team-Building Activities.
- Enroll and attend leadership development class during the fall semester. This course registers as a psychology credit.
- Attend the fall Student Life retreat and residence hall staff orientation prior to the arrival of other students on campus.
- Participate in weekly individual and/or group meetings with your RD.
- Establish and maintain regular contact with other staff persons in your residence hall to develop a leadership team.
- Participate in any other in-service training sessions that may be scheduled throughout the year.
Desired Skills and Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate intercultural openness with the ability to create partnerships with people with diverse backgrounds to learn from one another and work towards equity.
- Ability to explore multiple identities within a community context (e.g. roommate, helper, athlete, friend, person outside family context, student, etc.
- Express creativity in a community context of peers for entertainment, communication, learning and play.
- Listening, reading, writing, speaking, and interacting effectively.
- Articulate own needs to peers while effectively listening to those of others (e.g. peer & authority). Students choose best medium based on purpose & audience of message.
- Analyzing, interpreting, evaluating and using evidence to make good judgments.
- Students practice faith within the context of living with their peers; experience God’s presence through and within their college experience.
RA applications are due TBA
RA interviews will be held beginning the week of TBA
RA confirmation will be announced on or before TBA