2020-21 Student Staff application opens November 1 at 12 p.m.

Application closes January 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

The Student Staff Selection Committee is proud to bring you the application for 2020-21 Residence Life student staff selection. Please take a look at all the important information below (application, timeline, contracts, position descriptions, etc.). We encourage you to reflect on what you want to get out of your next year at UWL. We hope applying to be an Resident Assistant (RA), SEED RA, or Desk Coordinator (DC) is included in that vision!

Our mission and guiding principles are very important in our daily work with students. We encourage you to review these so that you understand some of our expectations that guide the work of our student staff members. You can view information on our Residence Life website.

If you have questions or need further details, please contact the Office of Residence Life.

Application and selection timeline expanding section

November 1: New Student Staff application will open at 12 p.m. (noon)

January 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. - All new and returning applications are due

  • Spring Semester Interview Prep Information Nights
    • There will be a video created to assist in interview preparations and context. It will be distributed to all applicants with the email to sign up for an interview if selected.
      • Residence Halls also have the option to host an "Interview Preparations Viewing Party" in their halls come spring semester. This would provide the opportunity for students to watch the video in their hall with staff members present in case they had any questions.
  • Monday, February 10 -Thursday, February 13: Resident Assistant (RA) and Desk Coordinator (DC) Interviews hosted in the Office of Residence Life
    • A link will be sent out via SignUp Genius after applications have been reviewed.
  • Friday, February 14:  SEED RA Interviews hosted in the Office of Residence Life
    • A link will be sent out via SignUp Genius after applications have been reviewed. 
    • If you are applying to be a SEED RA along with an RA or DC role, you will have interviews on Friday, February 14th for the SEED RA position IN ADDITION TO interviews for the RA and/or DC role between the dates of Monday, February 10 and Thursday, February 13.
  • Wednesday, March 11: Student Staff selection decisions communicated
  • Tuesday, March 24: Signed contracts are due
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Please see the PDF versions below for each of position descriptions for Student Staff Members within Residence Life. Feel free to use these as a tool in educating yourself when deciding which positions you should apply for:

Desk Coordinator Position Description

Resident Assistant Position Description

SEED Resident Assistant Position Description

Senior Staff Position Description

 

Living Learning Communites

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at UWL are intentional living environments offered by the Office of Residence Life in partnership with academic departments and other campus offices. LLCs provide students with the opportunity to thrive both in and out of the classroom. We work to create environments that allow students to make social connections by engaging with peers around shared educational experiences and to improve students’ academic success through intentional programming, co-curricular learning experiences and faculty engagement.

As part of the application (both new and returning), you will be asked if you are interested in serving in a LLC as a Student Staff Member. For more information on the community descriptions, please see the below PDF:

Living Learning Communities (LLC) Descriptions

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The application for 2020-21 is now closed. 

Items to Note:

  • You must complete the application at one time. Please see the section below for context of the essay questions.
    • Only completed applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. 
    • If you submit half an application and a completed application at a later date, we will only take into consideration the completed application.
  • The application asks if you would be interested in being a student staff member for Spring 2020 if there are vacancies.
    • At this time, we do not ask that the application be filled out by a certain time before January 6, 2020 to be considered. You can submit you application by the January 6 deadline and be considered if you are interested.
    • At this time, we are unsure of how many openings we will have for Spring 2020. If we need to reach out for earlier interviews, we will do so over phone/email communication as needed over winter break.

New Applicant Application Questions

The following questions are to help you prepare before you complete the application:

All Applicants: Please answer the following prompt in 300 to 500 words: What does it mean to belong? Please describe an experience you have had since starting college where you have felt your sense of belonging.

Desk Coordinator Applicants:  Please upload your "Join the DA Team" recruitment email to residents in 300-500 words. Please address the following: a brief introduction of yourself, your role as a Desk Coordinator, what type of atmosphere you hope to create in the lobby and among your Desk Team, and why people should apply to be part of that team.

Resident Assistant / SEED Resident Assistant Applicants: Please upload your welcome letter to residents in 300-500 words. Please address the following: a brief introduction of yourself, your role as an RA/SEED RA, what type of community you hope to create, and how you will work towards creating an inclusive community

SEED Resident Assistant Applicants: Please see the following additional questions as part of the SEED Resident Assistant application.

  • Please share (as much as you are comfortable with) how you identify yourself. (e.g. socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, family of origin, ability, etc.)
  • If you have taken any college courses focused on diversity or social justice, please check all that apply (there will also be space to write in additional courses if necessary).
    • EFN 205: Understanding Human Differences
    • ERS 100: Introduction to Ethnic and Racial Studies
    • WGS 100: Gender, Race, and Class in American Institutions
    • WGS 230: Women’s Diversity: Race, Class and Culture
    • SOC 225: Racial and Ethnic Minorities
  • Why are you applying to be a SEED?
  • What does social justice mean to you?
  • What have you done to further your understanding of your own identities? What have you learned about yourself through these experiences? 
  • What areas of social justice do you want to learn more about?
  • What have you done/plan to do in order to further your understanding of these areas? 
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The Returning Student Staff application for 2020-21 is now closed.

Item to Note:

  • You must complete the application at one time. Please see the section below for context of the essay questions.
    • Only completed applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. 
    • If you submit half an application and a completed application at a later date, we will only take into consideration the completed application.

 

Returning Applicant Questions

The following questions are to help you prepare before you complete the application. Please answer the following prompts in 300 to 500 words each:

What have you learned in your student staff position thus far and how do you envision implementing this knowledge next year?

What have you learned about your identities? How does this impact your work as a student staff member?

 

SEED Resident Assistant Applicants: Please see the following additional questions as part of the SEED Resident Assistant application.

  • Please share (as much as you are comfortable with) how you identify yourself. (e.g. socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, family of origin, ability, etc.)
  • If you have taken any college courses focused on diversity or social justice, please check all that apply (there will also be space to write in additional courses if necessary).
    • EFN 205: Understanding Human Differences
    • ERS 100: Introduction to Ethnic and Racial Studies
    • WGS 100: Gender, Race, and Class in American Institutions
    • WGS 230: Women’s Diversity: Race, Class and Culture
    • SOC 225: Racial and Ethnic Minorities
  • Why are you applying to be a SEED?
  • What does social justice mean to you?
  • What have you done to further your understanding of your own identities? What have you learned about yourself through these experiences? 
  • What areas of social justice do you want to learn more about?
  • What have you done/plan to do in order to further your understanding of these areas? 
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The Senior Staff application for 2020-21 is now closed.

The Senior Staff presentation is meant to be a time when returning staff members can feature their knowledge, skills, and abilities that would be beneficial to the Senior Staff position.  The format will be a video to attach to the application. The video should be 7-10 minutes long. The way in which you address the prompts and the way you want to present is up to your discretion. Take the time to showcase your personality and the information in a way that feels comfortable and authentic to you.

Please see the following guidelines on how to share your video with the Selection Committee via your application: Senior Staff Video Guidelines 2020-2021

Below are the prompts we want you to include in your video.  Be sure to include all of the bolded prompts below.  The additional questions under the prompts are there to give more context and inspiration.

  • Introduce yourself!
    • Share with us whatever you feel is necessary for us to get to know you better.
  • Why you are interested in the Senior Staff position specifically?
  • What is your vision for the position? Take some time to think forward.
    • What are your goals for the position?
    • What do you want to accomplish?
    • What do you anticipate your relationship looking like with your Hall Director?
    • How are you going to help your RA/DA/Core team?
    • What experience do you have with Core team?
    • What approach do you want to take as an advisor?
    • How do you plan to center identity and create an inclusive environment within the Core Team?
  • What are you going to bring to the SS role that is unique?
  • Wrap it all up!
    • What thoughts do you want to leave us with?

Check out this Student Staff alumni profile for an example of how 
being a Student Staff member can help your future career!

See more profiles by visiting our
UWL Office of Residence Life Facebook Page!

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