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VPSA and AVP Colleague Conversation: The Evolving Role of Live-in Staff

Virtual Engagement Events Supporting the Profession AVP or "Number Two" Senior Level VP for Student Affairs

Difficult times call for deep conversation. We invite you to participate in the ongoing series of VPSA- and AVP-exclusive Colleague Conversations, which are designed to provide opportunities for senior student affairs officers to discuss, analyze, critique, and strategize with peers across the profession. Free of charge and exclusively for Vice Presidents and AVPs who are current NASPA members, these conversations will allow for discrete sharing of concerns and ideas that will allow us to meet the difficult moment in which we find ourselves. These sessions are not recorded in order to promote the freest sharing of ideas and challenges by participants.


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Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 4:00PM - 5:00PM ET

In February 2021, George Washington University made the arguably radical decision to do away with the traditional, live-in resident advisor role, replacing student RAs with professional, live-in staff who will assume the first-responder duties previously performed by student RAs. In addition to this professional staff presence in the residential facilities, the university will also hire approximately 200 hourly student staff to perform part-time work such as roommate conflict mediation and move in and out duties. Well before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the stressors of the traditional RA role had been growing; the pandemic amplified them and allowed George Washington to think differently about how to build and support its residential student community. Join us for this VPSA- and AVP-exclusive discussion to hear from GW leaders about the philosophical and practical implications related to their decisions regarding live-in staff. Participants will explore more generally the evolving roles of live-in and other student affairs staff members.


Evolving Role of Live-In Staff: Facilitators


This VPSA and AVP Colleague Conversation is limited to student affairs professionals who are Vice Presidents and AVPs (or the equivalent). Free of charge and exclusively for Vice Presidents and AVPs who are current NASPA members.
NASPA individual members and Voting Delegates have access to member pricing for all NASPA events. If you are not a NASPA individual member, please visit our membership section to learn more about membership types and benefits. In many cases, an annual NASPA membership plus the event member registration fee are still less than the event non-member registration fee. We hope you’ll consider joining today!
Registration Fees
NASPA Members
Not Available

Virtual Events-Policies and Contact Information

Contact Information
Registration Issues/Questions:  
NASPA Main Office - (202) 265-7500
Program Questions/General Information:
James Stascavage - (202) 719-1172


Payment Policies

To view NASPA's complete payment policies and procedures, click here.

Captioning Assistance

Text Captioning Support: NASPA kindly requests five business days notice for captioning requests. You can request captioning within the online registration process. If your registration is received within the five business days prior to the live event, you will be contacted by NASPA staff.

Past VPSA and AVP Colleague Conversations

Re-envisioning the Campus -Thursday, September 17-Re-opening, restructuring, reclosing, preparing for compliance issues; physical and mental health and safety; staff redeployment for crisis; budget cuts.

Reframing the Culture-Thursday, October 15- Responding to campus and community activism and engagement related to racism, white supremacy, equity and inclusion; campus safety and relations with law enforcement agencies.

Recalibrating the Profession-Thursday, November 19-Managing rapid change; reduction in staff, services and resources; Reduced staff and services--how to prioritize and align with academic priorities.  

Revitalizing leaders-Thursday, December 17- Dealing with change and crisis management fatigue; stress from months of constant change; self care and leading when you’re exhausted; modeling the way for other staff and leading through crisis.  

Planning for Financial Uncertainty-Thursday, February 18-Fiscal impacts of COVID19; managing budget constraints.

Revitalizing Staff-Thursday, April 15-Understanding and acknowleding staff burnout; showing appreciation and empathy to staff; rejuvinating staff and sustaining momentum as we move into a post-pandemic phase.