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 (FYRA)
- Returner Wing RA
- Harstad RA
- Hinderlie Community for Creative Expression (HCCE) RA
- Hong International Hall (HIH) RA
- Diversity, Justice & Sustainability RA (Stuen Hall)
- First in the Family RA
- Lavender/Gender Inclusive Housing RA
- STEM House RA (Tingelstad Hall)
- Wellness House RA (Tingelstad Hall)
RA/CA Hours and Compensation
- Average of 13 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 2018-2019 RA/CA Position
- 2018-2019 RA/CA applications will be open from December 4, 2017 – January 5, 2018.
- New applicants who qualify will take part in a group interview process on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
- Individual interviews will take place on the following dates: Tuesday, February 20; Wednesday, February 21; and Thursday, February 22.
Recommendation Form Requirement
- Recommendation Forms are required for all first time RA/CA applicants
- Recommendation Forms can ONLY be filled out by a faculty or staff member (excluding the Residential Life Staff) and/or a former or current supervisor
- Current RAs/CAs CANNOT fill out the Recommendation Form
- Recommendation Forms are due by Friday, January 5, 2018
Additional Information about Student Staff Positions
First-Year Wing RA (FYRA)
In addition to general RA/CA duties, the FYRA is placed in a wing comprised of first-year students and is trained to identify and understand the needs specific to that group. FYRA’s will work closely with staff, faculty and residents alike to build a strong foundation and help to ensure a successful transition to college life.
New Transfer/Returner Wing RA
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the New Transfer/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.
Environmental and Social Justice (DJS RA)
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the DJS RA will be placed in a Stuen wing and will be trained to learn, understand, and utilize environmental studies and the “social change leadership model” in their programming and community building efforts. DJS RAs will work collaboratively with the Diversity Center to enhance learning in this community.
First in the Family (DJS RA)
In addition to general RA/CA and FYRA responsibilities, the First in the Family FYRA is placed in a first-year wing comprised of residents who identify as first-generation college students. First in the Family RA’s will help residents explore their identity as first-generation college students, how it intersects with other identities, and how their identify affects their college experience. First in the Family RA’s will work collaboratively with campus partners to enhance learning in this community.
Students of Color (DJS RA)
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the Students of Color RA establishes community and solidarity with residents who identify as a student of color. Students of Color RA’s will help residents explore their identity as a student of color at a predominantly white institution and how it intersects with other identities.
Lavender/Gender Inclusive Housing RA
In addition to the general RA/CA responsibilities, the Lavender/Gender Inclusive Housing RA is placed in a wing of both returner and first year students, and is trained to understand the specific needs of the community. The Lavender RA promotes a safe and inclusive environment for students across the LGBTQIA community to thrive together, and the Gender Inclusive Community RA helps residents create a deeper awareness for gender identity while creating a safe and understanding environment.
STEM House RA (Tingelstad)
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the STEM House RA will work with faculty to promote interdisciplinary exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in academics and everyday activities.
Wellness House RA (Tingelstad)
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the Wellness House RA is trained to understand the holistic wellness wheel model and utilize this model to create vibrant wing programs and activities.
Community Assistant (CA)
In addition to general RA/CA responsibilities, the CA is placed in a South or Kreidler wing and is trained to understand the needs of upper class, transfer, graduate, and married/domestic partnership housing students.
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.