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Title:What is the role and purpose of a Resident Assistant, specifically in Dunn-Barton Halls at Illinois State University?
Author(s):Blanchard, Jennifer
Subject(s):Student Housing
Residence Halls
Student Jobs
Abstract:This project investigates the duties and workload of resident assistants. On the basis of participant observation, interviews, and the analysis of relevant documents, the study finds that many students become resident assistant because it offers free room and board and, upon the third semester, a monthly stipend of $62. However, since the workload is high, resident assistants usually stay in the position for other reasons. Resident advisors have many duties, including keeping administration, attending meetings, organizing logistics to events, and communicating with different parties, but also policing residents and being prepared for emergencies. It means that their schedule is unpredictable. The study concludes that keeps resident assistants in their position is the sense that they are key to creating an positive atmosphere for their peers and being a part of something much bigger than themselves. They function as role model, problem solver and campus community builder, and are here for the greater purpose of the University.
Issue Date:2005-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-24

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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