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Student and Professional Staff

Meet our student staff.
Meet our professional staff.

Student Staff Summer Newsletter

Staff members in the residential environment are hired to provide an atmosphere that fosters student success in and out of the classroom. Both student and professional staff members each take on unique roles in developing relationships with students in order to provide learning opportunities in safe and respectful communities that enhance students' education, academic performance and personal development.

Resident Advisors (RAs) are undergraduate students living on a floor with approximately 35-40 students. RAs are responsible for assisting students during their Elon experience, helping them find ways to connect with the university through various programs, organizations and resources. RAs help create an academic environment, maintain community behavioral standards, provide educational programs and complete administrative duties in an effort to promote student success. The RA is the front-line resource and essential to community living.

Head Residents (HRs) are undergraduate students living on floors with 35-40 or more students and work with small groups of RAs. Head Residents are often returning staff members who take on more administrative duties and help coordinate a group of RAs. These student staff members take responsibility for the success of an entire residential facility and work closely with the RAs and Assistant Directors to ensure residential communities are equipped for curricular and co-curricular success.

Assistant Directors (ADs) are the professional staff members responsible for the total operation of an area of campus housing (North, East, West and Danieley Center). ADs live on campus and assist students in their growth and development by supervising the Resident Assistants and Head Residents as well as advising student area councils to maintain community leadership and self-governance. Assistant Directors have graduate degrees and prior professional experience in Residence Life. Assistant Directors have offices in their respective areas staffed by a part-time secretary and student office employees -- all who contribute to the overall success of individual student needs and success.

Housing Assistants (HA's) are undergraduate students living on in one of five university-affiliated apartment complexes. HA's are responsible for assisting students living in the apartments with their Elon experience, including check-in and check-out, maintenance and work order requests, and providing co-curricular links to the university and the department of Residence Life. As with other staff positions, our primary goal is for Housing Assistants to help students create an environment conducive to students' success in and out of the classroom.

The above listed staff operates within the residential community in an effort to build community, assist in meeting student needs and to foster a developmental atmosphere within the campus environment.

Central Residence Life office staff includes two Associate Directors, an Assistant Director for Operations, a Director, a full-time secretary and student-workers. Each of the professional positions provides centralized management and leadership for residential functions including apartment management, housing assignments, housing selection, break housing, staff supervision, goal development, strategic planning and communication with students and their families. All members of the Residence Life staff team contribute to the Elon student experience and are a vital component to the overall success of the Residence Life Department and the Division of Student Life.

Residence Life strives to engage students in a dynamic, student-centered, respectful environment where students can achieve academic and co-curricular success, develop life skills and experience a full and rich college experience. Residence Life staff use a combination of customer service and student learning approaches in order to provide quality service for students and support an atmosphere that contributes to their overall achievement and development. Communication and relationships with students, families and university entities each contribute to this goal.


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