Resident Assistant (RA) & Community Manager (CM)
USF Housing & Residential Education provides an intentional experience for all residential students through the use of our residential curriculum. Academic engagement, interpersonal skills, global citizenship, and wellness serve as the four main outcomes of the residential curriculum. The residential curriculum is present in everything we do; including intentional conversations, passive activities, active programming, community meetings, roommate agreements, and much more. The residential curriculum shapes how our Resident Assistants (RAs) and Community Managers (CMs) spend their time, the tasks they are responsible for completing, and the student learning and community development we hope will occur in our residential communities.
The Residential Curriculum supports the development of residents into global citizens who are socially, culturally, and personally responsible, academically and professionally prepared. At the conclusion of the residential experience, students will be global citizens who are holistically well, interpersonally competent, and academically engaged.
Role of the Student Staff Member (RAs and CMs)
Resident Assistants (RAs) and Community Managers (CMs) play a significant role in the implementation of a Residential Curriculum. By building relationships with their residents and engaging students in intentional conversations, RAs/CMs can identify both individual and community needs. Once individual and community needs are identified, learning outcomes can be used to help facilitate an educational strategy (intentional conversation, campus partner program, community program, etc.) to meet the needs of that individual and/or community.
The role of the student staff (RAs/CMs) is to be the "expert" on why the Residential Curriculum is interesting and appealing to residents.
- Understand the purpose of the Residential Curriculum
- Read and implement Lesson Plans
- Use creative methods to make it appealing and relevant to residents
- Complete assessment (Weekly reports) to ensure learning and meet community needs
- Provide constructive feedback in a timely manner to supervisor
Academic Engagement: Taking responsibility for one's own learning by identifying and utilizing resources that contribute to one's educational experience, goals, and campus engagement.
Interpersonal Skills: Engaging in communication skills that promote meaningful relationships and ownership of community.
Global Citizenship: Developing personal awareness to guide cross- cultural interactions and a sense of responsibility to effect positive change with regard to local and global communities.
Wellness: Pursuing of the development of the whole person, including physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and financial well- being.