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Resident

Assistants

The Resident Assistants share the responsibilities of representing the Office by practicing and promoting its philosophies and ideals to all residence hall students and the greater campus community.

Student

Mentors

The primary responsibility of the Student Mentor is to aid students in making the transition from high school to college and ultimately from freshman year to graduation.

Residents Assistants

Job Description

A Resident Assistant is a staff member in the Office of Residential Life. As such, the Resident Assistant shares the responsibilities of representing the Office by practicing and promoting its philosophies and ideals to all residence hall students and the greater campus community. The Resident Assistant is under the direct precept of the Resident Director in the residence hall to which they are assigned. Resident Assistants are selected on the basis of residence hall fit, leadership abilities and demonstrated a willingness to assume the necessary duties for creating and promoting safe, stable, and educational living environments.

The establishment of a healthy community is the cornerstone of Resident Assistant duties. Pursuant to the creation of these communities, the primary responsibilities of the Resident Assistant include:

  • Coordination, facilitation, and participation in all New Student Orientation activities. This includes but is not limited to: a) getting students to Eagle Week activities, b) participating in Eagle Week activities, c) facilitating Eagle Week activities, and d) working with Student Mentors.
  • Being available/accessible to residents during the day, weeknight, and weekend periods to assist in the development and maintenance of the floor community.
  • Knowing all individuals within a floor community to assist in their personal social development.
  • Being an information source to residents by providing accurate information on-campus activities and having knowledge of campus resources.
  • Serving as a role model for the residents in the floor community.
  • Actively promoting an environment in which residents can best meet their academic responsibilities while fully participating in the cultural, educational, and social life of the University.
  • Enforcing university community standards.
  • Implementing planned educational and social programs addressing the needs of the residents and community.
  • Aiding in the dissemination of information between students and administration in an accurate and unbiased manner.
  • Assuming weekly RA Duty nights from 10:00 pm – 12:00 am.
  • Carrying out other duties as assigned.
Possess
  • Full-time student status at OKWU­
  • 2.5 or higher GPA in all major coursework
  • Minimum one semester of living in OKWU residence halls
  • Clean disciplinary record
  • Track record of campus involvement at OKWU
Complete
  • Resident Assistant Application
  • Interview with Residential Life Staff
Application Essay Questions

The application will prompt you to answer the following essay and programming questions. Please have your answers prepared in advance as the form will not allow you to save and return to it later.

Essays

  1. Describe three specific roles in which you believe the RA serves the university.
  2. Explain the personal qualities, abilities, or strengths you would bring to the Residential Life staff.

Programming

Design an original program or event that you would implement for your residents if you are hired as a Resident Assistant (i.e. floor activity, Bible study, competition, community-building event).

  1. Explain why you chose this program or event and how it would benefit your residents.
  2. Create an overall plan for the event (how do you get the word out, what supplies do you need, etc)
  3. Create an advertisement or poster for the event. (you will be able to upload this as a document within the application)

Student Mentors

Job Description

The primary responsibility of the Student Mentor is to aid students in making the transition from high school to college and ultimately from freshman year to graduation. The specific job responsibilities of the Student Mentor are as follows, but not limited to:

  • Help facilitate New Student Orientation.
  • Help new students move into the residence halls for the first time. 
  • During the fall semester assist the course instructor in teaching OKWU 1201 “OKWU Orientation”.
  • Together with a Student Mentor partner, assist the Orientation class in adjusting to college life and the rigors of academic life. Intentionally build relationships with new students helping them connect to the OKWU community.
  • Build intentional relationships with first year students through NSO weekend, Orientation class, and community building in the Residence halls.
  • Help facilitate campus-wide events and activities.
Possess
  • Full-time student status at OKWU­
  • 2.5 or higher GPA in all major coursework
  • Minimum one semester of living in OKWU residence halls
  • Clean disciplinary record
  • A desire to lead new students and hone interpersonal skills
  • Involved with the OKWU community through activities, sports, bible studies etc.
  • Live on campus
Complete
  • Student Mentor Application
  • Interview with Student Development Staff
Application Essay Questions

The application will prompt you to answer the following essay questions. Please have your answers prepared in advance as the form will not allow you to save and return to it later.

  1. In your opinion, what role does the Student Mentor fulfill at OKWU?
  1. In your opinion, what will be the most challenging aspect of the Student Mentor role?
  1. Have you ever been in a mentoring relationship before? How did it help you? What would you do differently as a mentor?
  1. Please give a clear and honest description of your current walk with Christ. Include any recent areas of growth that you are experiencing.

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