Carrie transferred to Hood the spring semester of 2018. Since then, she has been actively involved in campus activities and student life.
The Office of Residence Life fosters the development of residential students through a number of involvement opportunities. Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to gain leadership, time-management, cooperation and practical skills. In addition to the opportunities below, the student life suite and the Office of Student Engagement and Orientation can assist students with involvement in Hood’s many student organizations, class councils, Campus Activities Board and other leadership roles.
Governance of Hood’s housing system is shared among the residential students, building staff, and college administration. Students play a significant role in creating a unique community atmosphere in each of Hood’s living environments and participate in the development of policy through the House Council/House Forum system and the Student Government Association (SGA).
House Forum / House Council
Each of the traditional residence halls has a House Council made up of residents of the residential area. House Councils are advised by the area coordinators responsible for the building. Members of House Council play an active role in providing activities and events for their hall and serve as advocates for student concerns. Each House Council includes a president and vice president, elected at the beginning of each fall semester. Resident assistants serve as floor representatives. Students in the 7th Street Duplexes (honors housing and language houses) elect a president.
House Forum serves as the student governance body for the residential system as a whole. This group, which consists of the president and vice president of each area, a House Forum chairperson and associate chairperson, discusses issues in the residence halls. House Forum is advised by the director of residence life and student conduct or designee. The 2018-2019 membership is listed below.
President: Amari Robin
Vice President: Angela Acampora
President: Brooks Anderson
Vice President: Kerihgan Fulton
President: Carrie Ritchie
Vice President: Simon Williams
President: Gina Royal
Vice President: Cameron Ripple
President: Mitchel Chalk
Vice President: Carrie Colbert
A number of student-staff positions within the Office of Residence Life are available. These positions provide students the opportunity to gain valuable job and leadership skills. Interested students are encouraged to speak with area coordinators or current resident assistants to learn more about these roles. For most positions, an application process occurs each spring and is publicized campus-wide. During this process, staff is selected for the following year.
Twenty-two resident assistants (RAs), including five Head RAs, are employed in the five residence halls. While each RA is responsible for a specific floor or area, all RAs work as a team to serve the larger student community. RAs are available to students who have personal or academic concerns, are having problems with their roommates or just need a helpful listening ear for advice, guidance or referral. RAs also plan programs, disseminate information and work to build a positive community in the residence halls by enforcing behavioral expectations. RAs serve in a duty rotation within their assigned building each evening. Each RA reports to one of the three area coordinators.
Qualifications for the RA position include:
- Undergraduate, sophomore class status or higher at the start of employment.
- Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement of at least 2.50, and must maintain a 2.50 minimum GPA each semester.
- Remain in good standing with respect to conduct and student accounts.
- Must have lived in Hood College housing for at least one semester by the date of applying.
- Knowledge, skills, and attitudes align with job description and can meet time commitment.
- Student accounts of RAs must be cleared of all holds. They must register for classes for the Fall 2019 semester no later than April 25.
- Ability to exercise discretion, enforce policies, appreciate diversity, and maintain privacy regarding behavioral and conduct matters.
- Possess a strong sense of humor.
- Have a welcoming, open, and accepting attitude toward all members of the campus community.
- Ability to multitask.
- Ability to be a Mandatory Reporter
- Single room financial aid scholarship for fall and spring semesters (average value: $7,630)\
- Stipend paid throughout the academic year in four installments. $700 for upperclass area RAs and $900 for first-year area RAs
- $100 flex each semester on student ID card for use with dining services
Qualifications for the Head RA position (beyond what is listed for the RA position, above) include:
- A minimum of one year (two semesters) prior experience as an RA
- Leadership potential
- Single room in assigned building
- Stipend (TBD)
Each fall, several student desk attendants are hired to staff the main residence hall front desks during select hours. Desk attendants monitor the building entrance, ensure proper guest registration and provide general customer service to students. Employment as a desk attendant requires federal work study or campus employments funds from financial aid. Typical hours include overnight, weekend shifts. Desk attendants work closely with RA staff under the direct supervision of an area coordinator. Contact LaShawn Taylor for more information.
Qualifications for the desk attendant position include:
- Federal Work Study or Campus Employment funds (financial aid)
- Commitment to customer service (preference given to applicants with prior customer service experience)
- Paid hourly at the current campus rate