Beginning in Fall '08, the Community Assistant (CA) position was designed to meet the unique needs of our upper-division student communities (Canada and Sierra halls). Similar to the RA position, the CA is a peer leader in their community. Where RAs focus on developing a sense of community on the floor level, CAs focus on community at the hall-wide level. CAs build community through regular and ongoing personal contact with residents, primarily while working the front desk.
For many students, their CA will serve as an important link to the University while in the residence halls. A Community Assistant's helpfulness, empathy, interest, and concern will be seen as a reflection of the spirit of cooperation among the residents. As a role model, each CA has the responsibility to portray a positive image and attitude. A CA's presence in the hall as a mature, responsible student and adult is the central point around which all other facets of the job revolve. Lastly, the position of a CA is a job and should be prioritized as such.
As a member of the Student Services division, CAs strive to foster a climate that nurtures diversity and promotes a learning environment that stimulates debate and free inquiry within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, confidentiality, and respect for all. We communicate the knowledge that ALL students' presence and contributions are of great value. We seek to learn as we lead and collaborate with all members of our University community.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but CA responsibilities include:
Students employed are expected to maintain 30 credits of coursework per academic year or average 15 credits per semesterEnrollment in over 17 credits is available with approval