Here at UT Arlington there are so many ways to be a leader. Most on-campus organizations have leadership positions to fill.
Resident Assistants (RAs) are students selected on the basis of leadership, experience, scholarship, and the desire to help residents realize their potential for self-development through group living. They are representatives of the Department of Apartment and Residence Life, the Housing Department, and the Division of Student Affairs. As staff members of the University, RAs are expected to act accordingly.
They are responsible for acting as role models for resident students, as well as using their own best judgment, maturity, and concern for those individuals with whom they live and work with. RAs are usually hired for the entire academic with recruitment in early Spring semester and a start date of June or August.
Office Assistants are students selected on the basis of leadership, scholarship, life experience, and the desire to be part of an extraordinary customer service team for residence hall students. By working to maintain the smooth and efficient running of the hall office, Office Assistants play an integral role in the development of a safe and supportive community in their residence hall. Office Assistants are part of the UT-Arlington Apartment & Residence Life Department and are recognized as University staff members; they are therefore expected to act with professionalism and respect in all circumstances. Especially during times when they are not working, Office Assistants are responsible for acting as role models for residents by using their own best judgment, maturity, and concern for those individuals in their community.
Hall Council’s are comprised of all of the residents living in a particular Residence Hall with an executive board of either elected or appointed student representatives. The goals of the Hall Council are to provide a representative body for students to provide input into the running of the Residence Hall, to organize and implement activities for the hall, and to provide for the needs or desires of residents in the hall. On the Wednesday of the first week of school, each Hall Council host an interest session to provide information about the council and to offer opportunities for students to get involved. Each Hall Council will select executive board members and designate members to serve as part of the campus-wide Residence Hall Association.
Residence Hall Association (RHA)
RHA offers an exciting opportunity for residents to get involved in bettering their college experience. Comprised of members from each hall, organization members meet to plan residence hall programming and discuss residence hall concerns, policies, and facilities. Any residence hall student has the chance to join RHA as a general member, as an executive board member, or as a representative from your hall council. When you have suggestions, please contact your RHA representative. RHA members may also be given the opportunity to attend regional conferences. You can apply to be a member through ARL website.
Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) serve as mentors, teachers, and resources to students who take a First Year Seminar, or who opt to join a Freshman Interest Group (FIG). PALs assist first-time, first-year students by providing academic support and social opportunities while teaching students how to adjust to college life at UT Arlington. In addition to teaching either a one-hour Freshman Seminar (UNIV 1131 or COLA 1100) or a three-hour Freshman Seminar (NURS 1335), PALs advise students on matters such as academic policy and procedure, departmental programming, social opportunities, and refer students to the appropriate University official or office when necessary.
Peer Academic Leaders are required to maintain official university course records, accomplish varied clerical tasks, and perform other related duties as required. Peer Academic Leaders are called upon occasionally to serve as unofficial ambassadors to UT Arlington by welcoming new students onto campus and promoting the Freshman Interest Group Program as well as other University student-centered opportunities as various marketing events. Depending on the assignment, Peer Academic Leaders may be required to live in Kalpana Chawla Hall (a monetary stipend will be offered to supplement associated costs). The Peer Academic Leader position is a part-time, paid position open to undergraduate students attending UT Arlington.
LIVING ON CAMPUS
With more than 10,000 students living on or within five miles of campus, there are always opportunities for involvement, both academically and socially. Join any of our more than 330 student organizations, a Freshman Interest Group, or get involved with intramural sports – there’s never a shortage of things to do, and you’ll be close enough to take advantage of all of it.