Resident Assistant (RA)/Community Assistant (CA)
Resident Assistants and Community Assistants are trained, and paid, student leaders who are committed to creating an inclusive living/learning community in the residence halls. They serve the residential community through a variety of responsibilities including programming, mediation, crisis response and policy enforcement.
Residential Life also offer a variety of RA/CA positions to help meet the needs of certain population of students. They include:
- Resident Assistant (RA)
- First-Year Wing RA
- Returner Wing RA
- Harstad RA
- Hinderlie Community for Creative Expression (HCCE) RA
- Hong International Hall (HIH) RA
- Social Action & Leadership (SAL) RA
- Community Assistant (CA)
- Resident Assistant/Community Assistant with Additional Responsibilities (RAAD/CAAD)
RA/CA Hours and Compensation
- Average of 8 - 10 hours/week, with higher hours in the beginning and end of semesters
- Free housing in a designated residence hall
- Monthly stipend to cover the cost of a meal plan
Minimum RA/CA Requirements
- PLU Cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Full-time status (min. of 12 credits/semester)
- Be in good standing with the PLU Student Conduct System
To Apply for a 2013-2014 RA/CA Position
- 2013-2014 RA/CA Applications were open from December 1, 2012 - January 21, 2013.
- Qualified applicants took part in a group interview process on Thursday, February 14th or Friday, February 15th, and an individual interview between February 25th - March 1st.
Additional Information about Student Staff Positions
First Generation/First-Year Wing RA (FYRA)
In addition to general RA/CA and FYRA responsibilities, the First-Generation FYRA is placed in a first-year wing comprised of residents who identify as first-generation college students. First-Generation FYRAs will help residents explore their first-generation identity, how it intersects with other identities, and how their identify affects their college experience. First-Generation FYRAs will work collaboratively with campus partners to enhance learning in this community.
Returner Wing RA
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the Returner Wing RA is placed in a wing of 2nd year and older students, and is trained to understand the academic and career needs of that population – such as picking a major, finding internships, and selecting a study away program.
Harstad RA (Gender Equity and Women's Empowerment)
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the Harstad RA is placed in a Harstad wing and is trained to build community around the Harstad mission of “promoting gender equity through intentional programming, community building, and faculty interaction by focusing on activism, education, leadership opportunities, and reflection.” Harstad RAs will work collaboratively with faculty to enhance learning in this community.
Hinderlie Community for Creative Expression RA (HCCE RA)
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the HCCE RA is placed in a Hinderlie wing and is trained to build community around the HCCE mission of “art appreciation and exploration of the meaning of art in the context of global citizenship as a mechanism for expression, activism, leadership & reflection.” HCCE RAs will work collaboratively with faculty to enhance learning in this community.
Hong International Hall RA (HIH RA)
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the HIH RA is placed in a Hong wing and is trained to build community around the HIH mission of “promoting language immersion, cultural awareness, and global engagement in your community”. HIH RAs will work collaboratively with faculty to enhance learning in this community.Additional Qualifications: Enrolled in IHON/Language courses throughout time of employment and/or demonstrate fluency and passion for target language and/or International Honors Program.
Social Action & Leadership RA (SAL RA)
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the SAL RA will be placed in a Stuen wing and will be trained to learn, understand, and utilize the “social change leadership model” in their programming and community building efforts. SAL RAs will work collaboratively with the Diversity Center to enhance learning in this community.
Community Assistant (CA)
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the CA is placed in a South or Kriedler wing and is trained to understand the needs of upperclass, graduate, and married/domestic partnership housing students. The CA is expected to work 15 hours/week and is compensated at a higher level than other RAs.
Resident Assistant/Community Assistant with Additional Responsibilities (RAAD/CAAD)
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the RAAD/CAAD will provide peer mentorship to the other RAs/CAs, supervise the front desk, and co-advise the Residence Hall Council (RHC) in their residence hall. The RAAD/CAAD is expected to work 10 – 12 hours/week and is compensated at a higher level than other RAs.
Additional Qualifications: Must have previously been an RA/CA to apply.*Some links such as (Back to top) are under construction and may not currently work. Your patience is appreciated.