Resident Advisors


Resident advisors (RAs) oversee approximately 35 students living in residence halls. These peer leaders work hard to provide a safe and secure environment in the residence halls and build a positive social environment for residents.

Apply to be an RA (2022–23)

Applications open October 1, and close November 5, 5:00 p.m.

Contact the Office of Residence Life (801.832.2245 or housing@westminstercollege.edu) with any questions.

  • October 1: Applications open
  • November 5: Applications close (5:00 p.m.)
  • November 9–12: Individual interviews
  • November 23: Invites for INTR 200A: Exploring Student Leadership
  • December 10: Deadline for students to enroll in Student Leader course
  • January 11: Begin INTR 200A
  • March 14: Final hiring decisions

To be considered as a resident advisor candidate, an applicant must:

  • Have 2 completed semesters by the time of employment (fall 2022)
  • Be a full-time student status during the period of employment
  • Hold a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Pass Conduct Records review—conduct history does not automatically prevent candidates from becoming an RA
  • Be able to complete INTR 200A: Exploring Student Leadership
    • Accommodations are possible for valid educational conflicts.
  • Ability to attend all training sessions:
    • Fall training: August 6–23, 2022 (subject to change)
  • Ability to assist in New Student Orientation (2022)
  • Ability to complete January training (2023)

Expectations

The resident advisor is a live-in role model for the behavior of other students in the residence halls, performs duties assigned in a responsible manner, and works as a team member to help Residence Life staff.

The resident advisor is responsible for communicating college procedures and policies through floor meetings and frequent individual contact. The resident advisor is also responsible for establishing the quality of the living environment throughout the residence hall. RAs help promote each resident’s educational, social, and cultural development through communication, discipline, and advisement in group living. As a student employee of the institution, the resident advisor, having reviewed, understood, and accepted the rules and regulations of the residence halls and Westminster College, will implement and reinforce rules related to housing policy and objectives.

The resident advisor is also responsible for executing assigned administrative tasks, including educational programming, promoting campus events, establishing interpersonal and inter-staff relationships, and participating in resident advisor training sessions and meetings.

Responsibilties

Resident adivisors must perform the following administrative tasks:

  • Any duties assigned by the director and coordinators of the Office of Residence Life
  • Communicate college policies to residents through floor meetings and frequent individual contact
  • Establish the quality of the living environment throughout the residence hall
  • Help promote the college's campus culture of educational, social, and cultural development
  • Assist each resident through communication, discipline, and advisement in group living

Resident advisors also focus on building community within the halls, supporting residents, and helping ensure the halls are safe and secure. The primary ways this is completed include a minimum of 8–10 hours a week completing some of the following tasks:

  • Regularly
    • Check-ins with residents
    • Provide information about student resources and events
    • Assisting residents
    • Program planning
    • Program hosting
    • Performing Duty (1–2 shifts per week)
  • Bi-weekly
    • Host community hours
    • Individual meetings with supervisors
    • Staff meetings
  • Monthly
    • Create bulletin boards
  • Intermittently
    • Host floor meetings (3 times per semester)
    • Health and safety inspections (2 times per semester)
    • Complete Room Condition Reports and Roommate Agreement Forms
    • Assist with safety drills (1–2 times per semester)

The Office of Residence Life is excited about this process and hopes you share that enthusiasm. The following information is a guide for the interview process to become an RA.

Interview Preparation

It is essential to understand what the resident advisor position entails.

Preparation involves homework about the resident advisor position. If you have done your homework, then you will be more comfortable and relaxed. Residence Life suggests applications review the following resources:

  • The RA job description
  • Housing Handbook
  • Current RAs
    • Talk to current RAs and find out what it is like to be a resident advisor.

Think about questions you may want to ask before the interview and reflect on why you want to be an RA. However, do not fall into the trap of responding how you think the interviewers want you to respond. Remember, there is no such thing as a cookie-cutter RA. Residence Life seeks various personalities for this position to accommodate a variety of students living on campus.

Application, Resume, and Interview Assistance

Residence Life recommends the Career Center for various resources such as cover letter and resume development, interview preparation, and personal branding. Utilize the center’s resources or schedule an in-person, phone, or virtual appointment through Handshake. Career coaches are available for help with the application process or to conduct a mock interview.

Establish Your Strengths

Figure out what you offer as an applicant in terms of your experiences, strengths, and areas of growth. For example, consider your education, summer jobs, hobbies, clubs, residence hall activities, and personal aspirations.

Desired Applicant Qualities

Considerate of Time

Be aware of the length of the interview. Interviewers need to gather enough information to make specific assessments about your ability to do the job. Interviews only last 20–30 minutes.

Personality Traits

Interviewers will be looking at general traits, such as the ability to communicate, basic social skills, personal qualities, and general personality.

Ambition

One of the most important goals for interviewers is to find out exactly what you want and why. Consider the following questions:

  • Why are you applying for the resident advisor position?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • What do you hope to get out of the role?
Skills

Interviewers look at your current skills concerning the resident advisor position. Identify your skills and compare them to the job description. More importantly, ask yourself if you, the candidate, possess the willingness and the potential to learn more about yourself and develop additional skills.

APPLY TO BE AN RA

Meet Your Resident Advisors

     

  • Vanessa Eveleth

    Hogle 1st:
    Vanessa Eveleth

    Hi, I’m Vanessa and I am a junior. I also use the she/her pronouns. I’m a communication major, but I don’t know what I’m going to do with that degree yet, so don’t ask 😎 (or if you do, be prepared for a classic-Vanessa “I don’t freaking know”). If you want to geek out about Star Wars, Marvel (especially the new Loki show), or anything in the realm of movies/music -- I’m here! My favorite type of chill day is grabbing a coffee or tea concoction and reading or writing the day away, preferably in a comfy couch with coffee house vibes.
  • Lucas Arico

    Hogle 2nd: Lucas Arico

    Hi, I'm Lucas Arico, I'm so excited to be an RA and I hope I can make your time at Westminster as amazing as possible! A little bit about me: I am from California, so seasons are weird to me. I love to meet new people, so please come talk to me about whatever you want. I also love to watch movies and play board games!

  • Valeria Sandoval

    Behnken 1st:
    Valeria Sandoval

    My name is Valeria Sandoval, and I am a Sociology Major with a concentration in Social Welfare and a minor in gender studies. I have always been passionate about helping others, teaching, and learning. Recently my hobbies have included swimming, hiking, and taking my energetic border collie named Che to the dog park. I love baking too, which means this semester will be filled with goodies on the first floor of Behnken! I'm excited for this fall, I know it will be a blast. 

  • Olivia Gregg

    Behnken 2nd:
    Olivia Gregg

    Hi my name is Olivia Gregg and I’m a junior studying public health. I’m involved in the honors college, ASW, and work at HWAC. I play the guitar and love chai lattes! I also love being an RA and I’m so excited to meet you!

  • Briar Woodie

    Behnken 3rd:
    Briar Woodie

    Briar is a Junior Tech Theatre major and a Entrepreneurial and Film Studies minor who loves Disney, Makeup, and costume design. She is from San Diego California and is excited to meet y’all on campus!

  • Nick Lockhart-Allen

    Stock 1st and Lower Level:
    Nick Lockhart-Allen

    Hello, My name is Nick, I am a 3rd year stud here at Westmini. I am studying Nursing and hope to pursue a career in Pediatrics. I love to workout, cook, eat and go on adventures, so you can find me at Shaw or in HWAC.

  • Payton Casey

    Stock 2nd:
    Payton Casey

    Hello! My name is Payton Casey, I am a sophomore from Las Vegas. I am studying English and Environmental Studies, in hopes of becoming an international environmental lawyer. My greatest passions are music, literature, art, philosophy, and nature :) so excited for this year!!

  • Chartayia Crear

    Stock 3rd:
    Chartayia Crear

    My name is Chartayia Crear. I am a senior and psychology major. My hometown is Houston, Texas. As an RA, I care that my residents feel supported and know the resources available to them. I have a lot of knowledge about on campus resources and other tips and tricks that I am more than happy to share. I enjoy horror films and doing art in my spare time. To my 2020-2021 residents, I am excited to get to know you better!

  • Mo Alzouabi

    Draw 4th annd Campus Houses:
    Mo Alzouabi

    Hi, my name is Mo. I'm 21 years old, I am a Senior at Westminster College. My major is Public health and Premed. I enjoy sports, especially soccer. I am always down for some pickup games on the weekends.

  • Samantha Paredes

    Draw 5th:
    Samantha Paredes

    Samantha studies Vocal Performance and loves opera and Golden Age musicals. She is also a novel writer, composer, and film actor who enjoys reading thriller novels, baking vegan treats, dressing up, and watching horror movies. If you want to be friends with her just say something interesting about space/the human body or talk to her about Mozart, Stephen Sondheim, or Leonard Bernstein. (Or John Rzeznik)

  • Jenessa Jimoh

    Draw 6th:
    Jenessa Jimoh

    Jenessa Jimoh is a senior studying honors economics pre-law with a minor in global studies. She holds human interaction very close to her heart and is an advocate for all people. Her favorite things to do in her free-time are exploring Utah's beautiful environment and hanging out with her friends. The thing she likes the most about being a resident advisor is being able to make connections with people she normally wouldn't have if it wasn't for her position on campus. Jenessa wants everyone to know that if you see her walking around campus, feel free to say hi-- she has missed interacting with humans since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

  • Sarah Walker

    Draw 7th:
    Sarah Walker

    Hi! My name is Sarah Walker, and I am a chemistry/ Pre-Med major with a minor in Spanish. I am originally from a small harbor town in Michigan where I grew up skiing on sand dunes. Because of my love for skiing and the outdoors I moved out west for school. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, climbing and of course skiing! I am looking forward to being your RA this year!