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Community Development- Busby Suites Rooms 451-471

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Sarah Anne

on 20 November 2013

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Transcript of Community Development- Busby Suites Rooms 451-471

Unanticipated Challenges
Community Development- Busby Suites Rooms 451-474
Community Goals:
A sense of identity as a floor
Recognition of each other outside of the building
Being able to say hi to each other!
Consciousness of each other's needs
Consciousness of the world outside of UConn
Community Blueprints
Building structure and in-depth overview of rooms 451-474
Getting to Know You
Learning in-depth about residents
My Leadership Styles
"Leadership is a process"
All the skills I learn via this job will affect my future career...

My room!
"Knuckle" lounge
Ryan's Domain
Leadership is differentiated, meaning that each individual in the community requires something different from their RA (whether it be guidance, resources, or simply friendship)
Surpassing the ‘knuckle’ lounge and the building’s physical disadvantages... still an issue.
Drawing people out of their comfort zones/rooms/suites
Garnering residents to attendance at programs
Creating a desire for community involvement
Stopping drug use in the building (my biggest pet peeve)
Being around... I am on campus for the entire day on most weekdays. Busby's location can be a huge hindrance
Drug use. I did not expect that to be prevalent in my area.
Using reward power doesn't always work... Nor does legitimate power, or expert power. Sometimes coercive power is the only way, when things get out of hand.
Certain residents inhibit our community by avoiding others.
Strong sense of community in other campus commitments (Greek Life, clubs, teams)
Willingness to meet others...
A wide variety in scholastic interests
My residents like me, and are willing to help out when I need them.
Community management = classroom management
Public speaking
Leadership as a process
Interacting with similarly-aged individuals (high schoolers)
Understanding the needs of my residents/students
Ian Hudson, Michael Gulick , Michael Sadej
Emily Coyne, Jess Flagg , Kristin Anderson
Ali, Gagas Dayna Chucta, Kayla Bleau
Steven Pelzman, Logan Mammen, Craig Genz
Joe Quinn, Dave Burnett, Jason Langeway
Justin Briasco, Andy Keens, Will Belke
Drew Goldsholl, Matt Terin, Robby Mallozzi
Franklin Sosa, Chris Bickle, Drew Oscarson
Alicia Forella, Jesse Cunilio, Kara Anderson
Han Na Kim , Tashi Lhatso, Megan Mallon
Carlos Fajardo, David Baigert, Kyle Yonoski
Gage Perreault, Michael DelVecchio, Nathan Eichacker
Karen Marin, Kelly Harrigan, Nicole Gherlone
Hannah Fermia, Maria Blois, Devon Gold
Chase Shostak, Kyle Wimley, Kevin Pasquale Jr.
James Desjardins Jr., Matt Kelley, Taylor Leahy
Mike Hammond, Alejandro Pirez, Tyler Reiff
Olivia George, Sarah Vaughi, Sara Haestad
Cassie Zwarycz, Christina Massoni, Kayla O'Leary
John Foster, Anthony Schend, Matt Cortese
Unofficial positive leaders: Andrew (459), Dave (460),
(474). John & Christina are the most predominant presences.
Drug use: Rooms 453, 463, 467. Marijuana has been an issue for all three rooms.
Positive relationships: Follows to each side of the knuckle lounge; does not typically cross the middle area. Each respective side is really tight-knit.
Hindrances: Rooms 465, 467, 469. They avoid me intentionally.
10 suites
20 rooms
59 residents

Blue Dot
- Leaders
Orange Line
- Positive primary groups
Blue Line
- Positive reference groups
White Line - Romantic relationships
- Rooms that have experienced conflict between roommates
- Rooms that are hindrances
- Rooms that have experienced conflict between suites
- Drug usage
- Greek life
Maintaining balance between roommates/suite mates
Discouraging bad behaviors
Being respectful of neighbors/the floor below
What worked:
Saying hi to residents and being willing to stop and talk every time I saw them
Making an effort to program
Using trivia night to talk to my residents
What didn't:
Programming (attendance was low even if there was free food!)
Being in my room all the time to see my residents when they went by
Maintaining good relationships with residents I had to document
... yet there are definitely differences.
Attendance is required in school
Style of community (scholarly versus living)
Students are motivated by grades/learning, residents have to be self-motivated to attend programs/be involved
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