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
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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.