Section 8: Community Development
Developing community is one of the most important roles a resident assistant (RA) will take on during the course of the academic year. As mentioned in the previous section residents will bring with them a number of different life experiences and perspectives. It is vital that RAs are able to work with their residents to blend these backgrounds and ideas together to create an inclusive environment where residents can take ownership of their community and be able to freely interact with and learn from each other.
As you work to develop community be sure you're thinking beyond just your residents and your floor. While the relationship between roommates and floor-mates is important, also consider how you can connect your residents to others living in your building. Be mindful of how your actions, and those of your residents, impact others around you.
Also be thinking about how you can connect residents to the larger Cornell College community. What activities and organizations are you promoting? What events are you encouraging residents to attend? How are you responding and following up on situations that may not have occurred in your area? Start small and think big. The more ways we're able to connect residents to each other and to what else is happening on campus the stronger and more close knit your community will become.