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RA Training 101- Fall 2013

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Transcript of RA Training 101- Fall 2013

RA Training
University
Training Expectations
Be on time to all training sessions... including community time with your individual staff.
Stay attentive during sessions, take notes when needed, and participate.
Practice good cell-phone etiquette…
Strive to be a good role model at all times.
Practice positivity (especially when giving and receiving constructive feedback).
Show support to each other and other colleagues and be respectful.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Take advantage of the veterans and their experiences.
Remember to act like a professional. Make good
decisions. And training is substance free.
Avoid making outside plans during training—let’s focus on preparing for a great year!
ENJOY YOURSELF!
AND HAVE FUN!
Get to know the people...




like the RLCs and ADs!
Welcome to
RA Training!

In this course you will learn:
Training Expectations
Terminology
RA roles and responsibilities
How to transition into the RA role
How to get oriented into the RA position vs. being a resident
The Fishbowl Concept and how to deal with it
What to expect in BCDs throughout training
Training 101 Syllabus
Terminology
(a.k.a. The ABCs of Housing)

AC
ACE
AD
ARLC
Assignments
BBs
BCD
Bill of Rights
CA
Co-RA
DDs
Floor Meetings
Fun Rooms
FRAS
HRL
IR
In-Service
Intellikey
Intentional Conversations
LEAD Scholars
LLCs
Lock out Forms
Master Key
MPR
NRHH
Office Hours
One-on-One
OTM
RA
Roommate/Suitemate Agreement
RCF
RHA
RLC
School Dude
Sign In Sheet
Tool box
WOW
Roles and Responsibilities of the RA Position
Working
with Students
&
Staff
Programs
and
Community Development
Enforcement
of Policies
Administrative
Duties
Duty
Responsibilities
BCDs (Behind Closed Doors)
What are BCDs?
A series of role-plays of potential duty incidents acted out by returning RAs
You will approach duty incidents "behind a closed door" so these help you learn how to handle various situations
You will remain in a group of new RAs with a RLC facilitator
How to approach BCDs...
Stay calm and follow procedures you learned in training
There will be time to discuss each incident afterward
Write down any questions that you don't want to ask in your group to ask during in-community time
The Fishbowl Concept
You are ALWAYS in the fishbowl
If a resident sees you doing something, they may assume that every RA does it, and you run the risk of ruining the reputation of all RAs on staff
Hurts your credibility when trying to educate residents about policy violations
Your residents hold you to a higher standard.
Always put your best foot forward!

The RA position vs. Being a resident
Transitioning into being an RA
How to adjust
Ask and write down questions in training
Talk to returning RAs
Maintain a schedule
Read the RA manual
Learn your residents names
Talk to your RLC
Realize that you will make mistakes
Many faces of the RA
Find Balance through Time Management
Get (and use) a calendar
Write down everything
Keep trying new systems
Plan ahead
Schedule ME time
Think positively
Departmental Expectations
RAs are held to a higher standard than residents and should behave accordingly.

It's a lot of responsibility...we chose you because you can do it!
Remember...
You are always an RA
Your last name is now "myRA"
People will say, "That is John, my RA" or "That is Sarah; she is an RA"
People will know more than you realize and point you out to their friends if they see you, ESPECIALLY if your are break a policy or doing something foolish
Watch what you say and do
The Fishbowl Concept
A term that describes the situation that RAs are in once they become a staff member

Student
Classes
Exams
Projects
Papers
Clubs
RA
Duty Nights
Meetings
Programs
Training
Other duties as assigned
Student First!
More Responsibility
Always an RA
Represent the department
Community Builder/Programmer
Policy Enforcer/Educator
Mentor
Who's looking in?
Residents
Other Students
Other RAs
Housing Staff
UNF Staff
Faculty
Members of the Community
Social Media
Facebook and Twitter
Status updates
Pictures
Groups where you are a member
Things you like
Comments you make on your friends' walls
Residents are now able to check you out online
Personal information
Look into security settings
Any Questions???
Full transcript