Resident Advisor Training


Purpose of RA Training: RA training prepares provides RAs with the tools to be highly equipped in their role to perform it successfully. Throughout this training these student leaders gain an in-depth understanding of Scripps policies and processes from a staff view point, which is led by their Area Coordinators. Staff are together as a large team of 18 RAs throughout the majority of training with periodic time blocks for time with their individual small staffs led by their respective Area Coordinators.


Time Frame: RA training takes place over the course of 2.5 weeks in the fall and four to five days in the Spring a week prior to classes in January. Prior to departing for Summer break,  RAs will be informed of when they will need to return to campus to be a part of training which is typically within the first full week of August. RA training is a crucial component of the RA program. As such, being in attendance at training from start to finish is a requirement and condition of maintaining employment within the RA Role. It will be the responsibility of the individual to ensure that they can return to campus at the designated time specified for training and get all personal affairs into order when planning their return for early August and January (e.g. vacations, internships, etc.). During training, topics to be covered include, but are not limited to the following below…


General Training Topics Covered:

  • Roles and Expectations of Being an RA
  • Team Building
  • Team Goal Setting
  • Understanding Individual Leadership Styles and Strengths
  • Ethics and Decision Making
  • Programming
  • On Call Training
  • First Aid and CPR Training/ Emergency Preparedness
  • Personal Development
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Diversity and Identity Training
  • Connecting with Consortium Resources
  • Preparing for Opening

There is also significant time allocated in the RA training schedule to meet and work with other student leaders on campus during this time that intersect frequently with Residential Life throughout the academic year.