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Student Leaders

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Welcome to the Student Leader Selection page. We are looking for Responsible, Fun, Diverse
members of our community to apply to be a Student Leader (Resident Advisor, Community Assistant, or Academic Mentor) for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applications and instructions will be available in early December. 

Brief Role Description & Responsibilities

Please keep in mind these descriptions are an overview of the Student Leader roles and responsibilities.

Resident Advisor (RA) Role

  • Work with first year students, helping them transition to college life
  • Maintain safety and welfare for residential students
  • Serve as a resource and mentor by providing skill building for transition to and success at SDSU
  • Perform community walks—remaining on call or “on duty”
  • Provide social and educational programs
  • Work 3 hours per week at the front desk (Paid hourly rate of $11.00/hr) separate appointment as a Student Assistant 

Community Assistant (CA) Role

  • Work with second year, transfer and upper division students helping them to be successful at SDSU
  • Maintain safety and welfare for residential students
  • Serve as a resource and mentor, focusing more on community building, networking and transition into career/grad school opportunities
  • Perform community walks—remaining on call or “on duty”
  • Provide social and educational programming focused on second year, upper division student and transfer student needs.
  • Work 3 hours per week at the front desk (Paid hourly rate of $11.00/hr) separate appointment as a Student Assistant) 

Academic Mentor (AM) Role

  • Work with first year students in Residential Learning Communities to enhance their academic success during their transition to SDSU.
  • Mentor students during their first year
  • Serve as an academic resource and role model
  • Plan and implement academic related programming in the STAR centers
  • Work 5-10 hours at the front desk (5 required and 5 optional)
  • Work 2-3 hours in the STAR center
  • Have 1-on-1s with residents and Academic Coordinator


When do I have to be back to school in August?

August Training begins approximately two weeks before the first day of classes. RA/CA/AMs are required to stay in the halls through the end of each semester, when the halls close. All RA/CA/AMs are expected to participate in all August and January training sessions. Specific dates will be provided to newly appointed RA/CA/AMs.

Do I get to choose where I'm going to live?

No. When you apply, we ask for your preferences in terms of what type of floor/community you would like most. In deciding placements, we maximize our strengths, consider space limitations and the staffing needs of each residential area. Thus, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed where you may like to be. Our goal is to hire the most qualified candidates to be Student Leaders. We use the Residential Community preferences as a guide to help us make the best match possible.

What is the time commitment?

In general, you’re expected to spend at least 20 hours per week in this role, but that is merely a guideline. Being a RA/CA/AM is more than taking on another activity, it is a lifestyle change. Your floor or building is your home, and you and your fellow RA/CA/AMs are responsible for developing the community environment in that home. Sometimes that means spending a lot of time on the floor or in the building with your residents or planning and presenting programs, and sometimes that means studying ahead of time so that you can do those other things the next week. There is no way to determine exactly how much time it will take to be an effective RA/CA/AM. Required training for the RA/CA/AM position takes place in August and January, In addition, Student Leader Training and team meetings will be held every Tuesday night during the academic year from 7:00pm-10:00pm. You will be unable to enroll in Tuesday night classes/labs. All RA/CAs participate in a duty rotation. The time commitment depends on you. If you are selected, we believe that you have the ability to stay involved in your current activities and handle the responsibilities of being an RA/CA/AM. We know that your campus involvement is an important part of who you are, and we wouldn’t expect you to sacrifice that, however, we expect that being an RA/CA/AM will be your top priority after your academics.

Can I get help with my resume? 

Absolutely! We suggest that you visit Career Services. They can help you draft a resume from scratch or help you edit what you already have. 

Who should I ask to be my references? 

You will need two professional references from a professor, employer, coach, mentor (not a family member), or staff member, etc. Make sure you do this in plenty of time before the reference is due! References often get many requests and you want to allow them plenty of time to complete a well thought out reference for you!

How do I prepare for the interview?

  1. Make sure you understand why you want to be a residence hall student leader, and can communicate how you are an excellent candidate for the position.
  2. Talk to current RAs/CAs/AMs and ask lots of questions about the role, to make sure it is right for you.
  3. Be yourself!