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Student Staff Selection

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Have you ever wanted to serve on Residential Education staff as a Resident Assistant (RA) or Ethnic Theme Associate (ETA)? Student staff contribute to the rich and diverse residential communities at Stanford and help improve the Stanford experience from the inside out. Residential Education manages a robust staff selection process to ensure both students and communities find a successful residential staff team. We need committed undergraduate students passionate about constructing the livelihoods of our students within environments that are dynamic, socially engaging, and welcoming to a variety of identities. 

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Lasting Benefits of Student Staff Leadership Positions

  • Community Building
  • Relationship Development
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills 
  • Public Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Negotiating
  • Budgeting
  • De-escalation/Conflict Mediation Skills
  • Time Management
  • Emergency Responses
  • Teamwork in Collaborative Settings
  • Business Communication
  • Self-Confidence and Self-Discovery
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Knowledge of Campus Resources
  • Knowledge of Community Resources
  • Knowledge of University and Administrative Processes
  • Knowledge of the Interplay Between Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
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A Note About Selection

This section of our website has been set-up to help guide you through the selection process as well as share relevant information and dates to help you through the process.

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Residential Selection Timeline

Here you can find and review important Selection-related dates that will guide you through the process.

 Resident Assistant student Eni Asebiomo celebrates with fellow orientation volunteers on Move-In Day. NSO 2016. Credit:  Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Introduction and What to Expect

Undergraduate residential student staff play a critical role in the creation of safe, inclusive residential communities that support student health and well-being. 

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Expectations, Roles, and Compensation

Find out more about staffing including the roles available, expectations for those who staff, and compensation. 

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Preparing to Apply

Before you apply, review the eligibility requirements.

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Student Staff Training

In order to staff on campus, attending training is a requirement before you can begin. Find out more here, including important dates to be aware of. 

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