RA Program Model
- To create/build community among the students living in the residence halls
- To connect the residents to the college community
- To increase the staffs’ ability to know the residents living in their buildings and to enable them to reach out easier/target students who may feel disconnected, troubled, or “at risk.”
- To provide an outline for Resident Advisors to utilize when intentionally planning a program for their residents
- To promote and enhance the values and mission upheld by the university. To ensure that both staff and students know Wittenberg values and to ensure that we are addressing each of those values.
- To enable students to find their light.
Values used to develop model:
Liberal Arts/Academics- Centered on the liberal arts as an education that envelops the individual's capacity to think, read, and communicate with precision, understanding, and imagination.
Intellectual Inquiry- Thoughtful participation of diverse peoples with diverse perspectives. We are committed to bringing to the lives of our students an enduring passion for learning, which requires risk-taking, persistence, reflection, and high ethical standards.
Wholeness of Person- The Wittenberg community support each other in the personal search for balance that characterizes wholeness of person. To promote leadership, confidence, and community engagement, we help every student develop in harmony intellectual capabilities, aesthetic sense, physical well-being, spiritual identity, and social relationships.
Community of Learners- A purposeful and intentionally diverse community, centered on a residential campus, by affirming the dignity of every person and fostering a spirit of respect, we create and expand opportunities to pursue knowledge in and out of the classroom.
Lutheran Heritage- Wittenberg expresses its Lutheran heritage through its continuing relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, its welcome to people of all beliefs and backgrounds, its commitment to academic freedom and excellence, its exploration of the relationship between faith and learning, its promotion of campus worship life, its encouragement of reflection upon religious views and values, and its commitment to service to the community and the world.
Global Citizenship- Prepares students for the challenge and responsibility of global citizenship. We engage the complexity of the human experience, learning about and from cultures around the world.
Calling- Values the unique contributions each individual can make in responding to the needs of neighbors both near and far.
Creativity- Creativity is central to the study of the arts and sciences and to problem solving in all areas of inquiry. Creativity requires the free and open exchange of ideas, the ability to value and imagine different perspectives, and the intellectual tools necessary to make personal contributions in any area of study.
Service- Service requires us to learn about community needs, about who we are, and about what we can contribute.
Compassion- Compassion requires a broad knowledge of ourselves and of others, and of all our joys and ills. It combines an awareness of suffering with a desire to respond.
Integrity- Integrity means honesty and fidelity to the highest ethical standards, which are fundamental to teaching, learning, and personal growth.
Minimum Requirements of RAs/CAs Programming:
- One Active Program per month: Campus planned/Sponsored, Self-planned, and/or Co-planned all count as fulfilling this programming requirement. Note: At least 6 of the 10 programs need to be self-planned for individual residence hall.
- One Passive Program per month: Bulletin boards on some level need to address one of the “Pass It On” values in the model and are due by the 1st business day of each month, unless otherwise noted.
- Creativity is expected to show up in all programs.
- Program Proposals must be submitted by: 1st business day of each month, unless otherwise noted.
- Prepare and distribute program evaluation at the completion of the first three self planned each programs. Your AC will provide you with the evaluation.
- Program Reports and Evaluations must be submitted within 3 days of finished program
- RA/CAs are required to have one intentional conversation with a different resident weekly. The topic of the intentional conversation will be connected to the monthly values.