What is a Resident Assistant?
Resident Assistants (RAs) are undergraduate or graduate student staff members that live in the residence halls. RAs receive free housing and a meal plan in exchange for services provided during their term of appointment. They help support the academic success, social development, and personal growth of students by creating programs and experiences within a diverse community of learners that involve students, faculty and staff.
The decision to become an RA is not one that should be made lightly. It is a demanding, challenging, and rewarding position. The Resident Assistant position is an opportunity for you to build your leadership skills, and be an ally and role model for students at Wayne State College. Please consider your commitment carefully as you begin this process. In order to fulfill the expectations and responsibilities listed in this application, you must recognize that this position should be your primary out-of-class obligation.
Being an RA means being a supportive member of a staff team. A staff team consists of your fellow RAs, Community Coordinator, the Assistant Director of Residence Life and the Director of Residence Life, Student Desk workers, Student Night Security, Campus Security Officers, and Custodial Services. Together the entire staff works as a team to create a responsible living and learning environment.
Expectations of an RA
- Create residential environments that enhance student academic progress and success
- Promote the intellectual life of the residence hall
- Create opportunities for students to explore and clarify their interests, values and attitudes
- Build inclusive and reflective environments in which differences of background and belief are explored; to provide personal and academic counseling and referral
- Participate in housing activities
- Know, enforce, and explain WSC policies
- Be available to students, and to encourage student responsibility and accountability
Requirements to be considered for an RA position:
- 12 WSC credit hours completed by the end of the Spring term
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- 2 semesters of on campus living experience
- Good standing with the Dean of Students Office