Resident Assistants, or RAs, are vital within the University as they are involved in direct and extended contact with resident students. The Resident Assistants are typically the foundation of the hall to which they have been assigned and, as representatives of the University, are interested and trained individuals who are available for advice, counsel, support and encouragement. RAs serve as role models, mentors, peer-advisors, and programmers. They develop community among resident students and uphold our shared community standards. The RA role is crucial to the residential experience, but it's also fun and rewarding, and provides some very real leadership skills.