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APPLY TO BE A RESIDENT ASSISTANT!

We need new RA’s to help “build” community and “construct” a safe environment.

Think you would be good at the job? 

Then put on your hard hat and come out to an info session:

  • December 7th  @ 10:00 AM
  • December 11th @ 4:30 PM 
  • December  28th @ 11:00 AM
  • January 7th @  12:00 PM 
  • January 20th @ 2:00 PM

Below are the links to join the online info sessions:

Dec. 7 @ 10am: https://rb.gy/gqvxxx  

Dec. 11 @ 4:30: https://rb.gy/uifprw  

Dec. 28 @ 11: https://rb.gy/alydhj  

Jan. 7 @ 12: https://rb.gy/rlcarn  

Jan. 20 @ 2: https://rb.gy/kjfp7d  

 

Resident Assistants (RAs) serve in a unique leadership position.

RAs are full-time students who live in the residence halls and provide individual support, build community, and promote the health and safety of residents.

RAs are responsible for directing the programming and community enhancement of a wing, floor, area, or house on campus.

Students meet their RAs during Move-In, and RAs hold regular meetings for their residents.


 

Apply to be a Resident Assistant:

You must attend an RA Info Session in order to apply to be an RA.  See info session dates and times below.


To be considered for the position of Resident Assistant, candidates must:

  • have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above 
  • be a sophomore, junior, or senior 

RAs receive benefits including:

  • free single room and meal plan
  • valuable leadership experience
  • intensive training in conflict resolution, mediation, report writing
  • program-planning skills
  • a stronger resume

RAs are selected in in the spring semester to serve for the following academic year; August through May.

Applicants must complete an application and send in two competed RA Recommdendation.  Forms will be available at the RA Info Sessions.

 

TO ACCESS THE RA APPLICATION:

Complete the Resident Assistant Application- 2021-2022 through your MyHousing account:

  • Log into your CabriniOne account (one.cabrini.edu) using your username and password
  • Click on the student tab (located at the top)
  • Click on “MyHousing” (located in the bottom right corner)
  • Located under Spring 21 Applications you will select- Resident Assistant Application- 2021-2022

If you have any questions about the application process or the RA-selection process, please contact Reslife@cabrini.edu.

Resident Assistant Recommendation Form

FAQ's 

  • What is a Resident Assistant?

A Resident Assistant (RA) is a student leader on campus who builds community with their designated residence hall. They plan programs, provide duty coverage, enforce housing policies, and create a safe and inclusive living environment.

  •  What are the qualifications of being an RA?

Applicants must be in good academic, financial, and judicial standing with Cabrini University. They must maintain an overall 2.5 GPA or above, be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credits minimum) and have been a resident at Cabrini for at least a semester. Applicants should be committed in supporting a residential community and balancing the position out with other work/extracurricular (maximum 20 hours outside position).

  • What do I need to do to apply to be an RA?

Attend an info session as seen on flyers across campus. There, you will learn more about the position and the application packet. In the application packet, you’ll need the application, resume, 2 references, and responses to short answer questions.

  • What are the benefits of being an RA?

Room and board will be covered. RAs will also gain valuable leadership experience transferrable to various career paths.

  • What is the RA Application Process Like?

The process includes initial application packet submission, individual interview process, group interview process, and then final decision letters sent out.

  • What are Graduate Assistants?

Each staff works with a Graduate Assistant (GA) as their supervisor.  These professional staff members supervise and mentor each RA staff. GAs manage their buildings and communities and plan staff meetings and other events with the RAs. They oversee RA programs and the overall leadership development of RAs. These professionals are one of the RA’s biggest resources.

  • Do I get to choose where I will be an RA?

The Office of Residence Life is interested in appointing the most qualified and prepared RA staff as possible.  Therefore, RAs are selected for their ability to do the job well, regardless of specific area placement.  RAs are placed in the population or environment with which they would have the most success.

  • If I’m not selected this year, can I apply again next year?

Absolutely!  The Office of Residence Life strongly believes that students grow and develop   over the course of their college experience.  You may be more prepared for the challenges of the RA job in another year and we welcome learning how you’ve developed and practiced your leadership skills.

  • What happens after I’m appointed?

If you are selected as an RA, you will receive appointment and placement notification on March 12, 2021.  You will have until March 15, 2021 to inform the Office of Residence Life of your intent to accept or decline the position.  If you accept the position, you’ll be invited to attend a full-staff orientation of all RAs later in the spring semester. At this time, you’ll review and sign the RA Work Agreement and Code of Ethics for the RA position and receive information about Fall Training. Finally, you will return to campus for the fall semester approximately two weeks early in order to attend Fall Training.

  • Do I have to re-apply to be an RA every year?

The RA position is a year-to-year position.  We welcome the return of RAs for multiple years but do not guarantee it.  RAs are formally evaluated on a yearly basis.  A different more abbreviated interview process will be held in the years to follow.

  • I’m interested in going abroad at some point in my college experience.  Can I go abroad while I’m an RA?

The Office of Residence Life appoints Resident Assistants for a full year.  As it is in the best interest of our residential students, we ask all RAs to make a full year commitment.  Therefore, it is generally not possible to go abroad the year that you serve as an RA.

  • I have been involved in an incident.  How should I handle this during the RA selection process?

RAs are asked to be role models for their residents, which means that RAs should follow University and Residence Hall policies.  However, we also believe that the Community Standards process should be an educational one.  The Office of Residence Life will use incident history as part of the RA Selection process.  If you have a Community Standards history, it is recommended that you be prepared to discuss what you have learned from that experience. Please keep in mind that from this point on, future Community Standards situations may significantly impact your candidacy.

  • Are there multiple “cuts” in the RA process?

No.  The Office of Residence Life is interested in learning as much about our potential RAs as possible.  We look at your entire candidacy, including the application, recommendation forms, and your participation in the Individual Interview & Group Process.

  • What if I’m not cut out to be a leader?

Leadership comes in all different types, and there is not one definition of what a leader is. The Office of Residence Life accepts all different types of students who are willing to grow and learn what their own individual leadership style is like. 

 

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