University to give new title to student residence hall staff

Then junior house proctor, Felipe Zambrano, hosts a holiday dinner for his Thurston Hall residents in 2011. Hatchet File Photo
Then junior house proctor, Felipe Zambrano, hosts a holiday dinner for his Thurston Hall residents in 2011. Hatchet File Photo
This post was written by Hatchet reporter Nicole Dunsmore

The University will change the name of undergraduate residence hall supervisors from “house staff” to “resident advisors” next academic year.

Tim Miller, director of the Center for Student Engagement, said the new title wouldn’t mean a change in responsibilities, but would help new students understand the role of residence hall staff.

“Essentially, Resident Advisor or RA is what everyone knows this role to be and the term House Staff always had to be explained,” Miller said. “While we believe our students do a better job than any typical RA, there is very little value in calling them a different name for no other reason than to be different.”

GW established House Staff positions in 2006 to build a sense of community and act as mentors, after “community facilitators” were charged with reporting students for alcohol, drug and noise violations.

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