VISION

Residential Life & Housing at VCU will be a preeminent urban, public on-campus community providing a one-of-a-kind residential experience.

MISSION

Residential Life & Housing at VCU provides safe, inclusive, and well-maintained facilities where we work together to build intentional communities to empower residents in their academic excellence, citizenship, and personal growth.

Values

Guiding this mission is a set of departmental values, which complement the core values of the institution.

Collaboration

We value the exchange of ideas and solutions through internal and external partnerships. This value is exemplified through the enhancement of the residential experience through training, community building, policy development, and integration of services.

Inclusion & Diversity

We value celebration, exploration, and understanding among people, ideas and culture. This value is exemplified through creation of a safe and inclusive environment for all students to explore identities of self and others; promoting a life-long commitment to successful living in a global community; and ensuring that policies, programs, and services are inclusive and reflect the diversity of our community.

Resident Centered

We value and recognize that our residents are at the core of our mission and practices. This value is exemplified in our commitment to encouraging and promoting the student voice and providing opportunities for comprehensive student learning, student development, and student leadership.

Learning

We value academic and personal success for all students. This value is exemplified through our emphasis on engagement and education outside the classroom and ensuring a dynamic residential setting where discovery, challenge and support, innovation, and respectful discourse are paramount to the on-campus experience of the student.

Excellence

We value the individual and collective pursuit of exceptional practice in our work and relationships. This value is exemplified through high expectations of staff and students in the residential community. Staff and students continually seek ways to contribute to the future of the department, division, institution, and profession.

Message from the Director

The Residential Life and Housing department encompasses five units: Administrative Services, Business and Personnel Services, Facilities and Event Services, Residential Initiatives and Residential Life. Each of these areas are essential in providing a comprehensive residential experience. Our mission is to provide safe, inclusive and well-maintained facilities where we build intentional communities to empower residents in their academic excellence, citizenship and personal growth. 

On-campus living creates an environment to help students succeed. Not only is on-campus housing steps away from academic resources, but living among classmates makes it easier to connect with friends, host study groups or simply share resources. We offer a variety of on-campus housing options for both first-year and upperclass residents. On-campus housing offers more than just a place to sleep: it is an integral part of the VCU experience. If you have any questions about our website or if we can provide any assistance, please do not hesitate in contacting us at vcuhousing@vcu.edu. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.

We as individuals and as a collective, are committed to building communities that are welcoming for all cultures, backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities. We create exceptional residential learning communities that value all of our members regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, family medical and genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability. These communities provide a safe space for students and staff to explore their multi-layered identities while learning and growing with others.

We demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion through resource allocation  and initiatives including:

  • Providing equitable access to on-campus housing 
  • Developing and maintaining facilities that are accessible for all members of our community
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining exceptional and diverse staff
  • Training staff in areas of multicultural competence during trainings and ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Offering gender-unrestricted housing through the Gender Inclusive Housing program
  • Creating and maintaining first year student living-learning communities focused on inclusion and social justice Implementing initiatives that promote social justice, the exploration of culture, personal growth, and community development
  • Mediating conflict between students in shared living spaces
  • Collaborating with campus and community partners to further promote understanding, learning, growth, and celebration Engaging staff and students in challenging and purposeful dialogues about diversity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Encouraging staff and students to explore identities and experiences outside of their comfort zones
  • Creating intentional opportunities through the Resident Assistant position, Community Councils, Residence Hall Association, and National Residence Hall Honorary for student leadership and peer education

DIRECTOR


Roark, Gavin

Gavin Roark

Director of Residential Life & Housing
Central Housing
groark@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Marsland_Jennifer

Jennifer Marsland

Executive Secretary/ Administrative Assistant
Central Office
jmarsland@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES


Wade, Kevin

Kevin Wade, Ed.D.

Sr. Associate Director of Administrative
Services
Central Office
krwade@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Firer, Jane

Jane Firer

Associate Director of Administration
Central Office
jefirer@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Ferrari, Josh

Josh Mallaber

Assistant Director of Administration
Central Office
jdmallaber@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Buchanan, Jessica

Jessica Buchanan

Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications
Central Office
buchananjb@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Allen, Rebekah

Rebekah Allen

Department Office Coordinator
Central Office
rhallen@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Sabol, Barbra

Barbara Sabol

Assignment Coordinator
Central Office
bsabol@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Walsh, Taylor

Taylor Walsh

Assignment Coordinator
Central Office
tnwalsh@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

BUSINESS


Kelly_George

George Kelly

Associate Director of Financial Management for the Division of Student Affairs

Higgs, Asia

Asia Higgs

DSA FSC Liaison
DSA Finance Office
higgsan@vcu.edu
804-827-3898

McKee, Anne.

Ann McKee

Accounts Receivable Clerk, Central Housing

Pulley, Shonda

Shonda Pulley

Human Resource Assistant, Central Housing

White, Mildred

Mildred White

Accounts Payable Clerk, Central Housing

FACILITIES


Baker, Kevin

Kevin Baker

Associate Director of Facilities and Event Services
Central Office
krbaker@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Brower, Gary

Gary Brower

Assistant Director for Housing Facility Projects
Central Office
mgbrower@vcu.edu
(804)-828-7666

Nichole Smithson

Nichole Smithson

Assistant Director for Conference and Mail Services
Central Office
nmsmithson@vcu.edu
804-828-7666

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Maitlan Sullivan

Confernece Services Coordinator
Central Office
masullivan2@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

West, Samuel

Samuel West

Mail Service Coordinator
Central Office
westsj@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Goode, Fawn

Fawn Goode

Facility Coordinator for
Cabaniss, Brandt, Rhoads, Johnson and The Honors College
Central Office
fanolan@vcu.edu
(804) 828-1698

Sprouse, Brent

Brent Sprouse

Facility Coordinator for Ackell, Broad & Belvidere, Cary & Belvidere
Grace & Broad, West Grace North and West Grace South
Central Office
bgsprouse@vcu.edu
804-828-1794

RESIDENTIAL INITIATIVES


Becker, Andera

Andrea Becker

Associate Director of Residential Initiatives
Central Housing
ahbecker@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Allen, Noura

Noura Allen

Assistant Director of Residential Life for Multicultural Affairs
Central Office
allennc@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Cooper, Lisa

Lisa Cooper

Assistant Director of Residential Life for
Leadership Programs
Central Housing
lcooper4@vcu.edu
(804)-828-7666

Reiske, Laura Jo

Laura Jo Rieske

Assistant Director of Residential Life
for Selection and Development
Central Housing
(804) 828-7666
ljrieske@vcu.edu

Williams, Jaime

Jaime Williams

Assistant Director for Residential Life and Housing for Assessment
Central Office
jlwilliams2@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

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Shannon Arnette

Office Manager for Residential Life
Central Housing
smarnette@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Martha Abera

Martha Abera

Graduate Assistant for Leadership
rlhlpga@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Micah Davenport

Micah Davenport

Graduate Assistant for Selection and Development
rlhsdga@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Chris Jeter

Christopher Jeter

Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Affairs
(804) 828-7666

RESIDENTIAL LIFE


Becker, Megan

Megan Becker, Ed.D.

Associate Director of Residential Life
Central Housing
mebecker@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Hill, Samantha

Samantha Hill

Assistant Director of Residential Life
Central Housing
sahill@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Lerone, Joseph

Lerone Joseph

Assistant Director of Residential Life
Central Housing
lhjoseph@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Paris, Beth

Beth Paris

Assistant Director of Residential Life for Conduct
Central Housing
eparis2@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Kishla Conner

Kishla Conner

Graduate Assistant Student Conduct
RLHConductGA@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

DESK OPERATIONS


Adams, Brittany

Brittany Adams

Coordinator of Desk Operations
adamsbl@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Sherri Bryant

Sherri Bryant

Desk Coordinator
Central Office
bryantsl4@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Edwards, Joshua

Joshua Edwards

Desk Coordinator
The Honors College
edwardsbucjl@vcu.edu
(804) 827-1288

Ron Joshua Olazo

Desk Coordinator
Central Office
olazorj@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

Turner, Gabrielle

Gabrielle Turner

Desk Coordinator
Central Office
turnergm@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7666

BRANDT HALL


Alexis Fort

Alexis Fort

Hall Director
Brandt Hall
acfort@vcu.edu
(804) 827-0974

Barrier, Latiesa

Latiesa Barrier

Area Administrative Assistant
Rhoads, Brandt and The Honors College
lbarrier@vcu.edu
(804) 827-0974

Emma Greenberg

Emma Greenberg

Graduate Assistant for Brandt
brandtahd@vcu.edu
(804) 827-0974

RHOADS HALL


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Jewell Briscoe

Hall Director
Rhoads Hall
(804) 827-0974
briscoj2@vcu.edu

Barrier, Latiesa

Latiesa Barrier

Area Administrative Assistant
Rhoads, Brandt and The Honors College
lbarrier@vcu.edu
(804) 827-0974

Matt Critchley

Matthew Critchley

Graduate Assistant for Rhoads Hall
rhoadsahd@vcu.edu

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Elizabeth Beavers

Elizabeth Beavers

Hall Director
Gladding Residence Center
beaversea@vcu.edu
(804) 827-8282

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Regina Gibson

Area Administrative Assistant
Gladding Residence Center
gibsonrt2@vcu.edu
(804) 827-8282

Amber Livingston

Amber Livingston

Graduate Assistant
for Gladding Residence Center III
grcadh1@vcu.edu
(804) 827-8282

Professional Employment Opportunities

Residential Life & Housing will be accepting applications for a limited number of anticipated openings for Resident Assistant position for the 2020-2021 academic year.  

Resident Assistants (RAs) are students who are focused on facilitating a safe and inclusive living environment in the residence halls. We are looking for candidates that have great customer service skills, a positive attitude, and can manage the time commitments that come with being an RA. The first step in applying is to attend an online or in-person RA information session to learn about the position and gain access to the application form.

 

Qualifications

Academic: During the RA term, the RA must be a full-time VCU student, enrolled in a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours or 9 graduate credit hours. The RA must remain in good academic standing as defined by the University and the academic program in which they are enrolled. The RA must maintain a semester and cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.50. 

University Experience: By the start of the RA term, the RA must have lived in any university housing for a minimum of one full academic year (fall + spring semesters). The RA must act in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws, and remain in good conduct standing (not currently on disciplinary probation, deferred suspension, or banned from any residential facility) as governed by University and Housing policies. Candidates awaiting adjudication cannot be hired for the position until an outcome has been rendered. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: An RA must demonstrate proficient knowledge of VCU and Residential Life & Housing policies. An RA must also be able to communicate well in group and one-on-one situations, establish oneself as a leader among peers through positive rapports with diverse populations, and employ critical thinking skills to solve problems.

Responsibilities

Collaboration

  • Communicate clearly with students, supervisor, and campus partners through written, verbal, and nonverbal interactions
  • Know and utilize available resources, including RLH staff, campus partners, and community resources
  • Serve as a knowledgeable University and community resource and refer residents as appropriate
  • Contribute to the success of the department by addressing individual and group needs
  • Collaborate with peers through duty shifts, building wide programs, and other team initiatives

Inclusion & Diversity

  • Expand own knowledge about people with differing values, perspectives, experiences, and identities
  • Address inappropriate, insensitive, or intolerant behavior with sensitivity to the potentially conflicting needs of the individuals involved in a manner that deescalates tension and conflict
  • Promote civility and inclusiveness within the community by treating all individuals with fairness, equality, and respect
  • Support and participate in Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) initiatives
  • Facilitate conversations among diverse residents to support their learning and development

Resident Centered

  • Establish oneself as a leader among peers by developing and maintaining relationships with individual residents
  • Empower residents to build relationships on their floor, within their residence hall, and throughout the campus community 
  • Create and maintain quality bulletin boards to educate and inform the community
  • Address community needs through the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a variety of programmatic initiatives
  • Respond to and mitigate conflict and crisis situations

Learning

  • Prepare for and actively engage in training sessions, area meetings, staff meetings, one-on-one meetings, and other developmental activities
  • Promote academic success outside of the classroom
  • Understand, educate, and reinforce the VCU Student Code of Conduct and RLH policies, and follow up with residents after incidents have occurred
  • Think critically about how to effectively handle a variety of situations
  • Support residents’ development of skills related to civility, interpersonal dialogue, and responsible behaviors through addressing policy violations, mediating roommate conflicts, and promoting self-advocacy

Excellence

  • Treat students, guests, and staff with courtesy and respect
  • Be punctual and reliable in responding to all administrative and functional components of the role, including, but not limited to duty shifts, staff meetings, and one-on-one meetings. 
  • Submit weekly reports, incident reports, occupancy reports, program proposals, evaluations, National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Of The Month nominations (OTMs), and other paperwork in a timely manner
  • Manage multiple competing priorities, including academic, personal, and position-related demands
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and commitment toward RLH
  • Complete other duties as assigned by departmental supervising staff

Compensation

To support an RA’s participation and fulfillment of duties in the academic and residential community at VCU, RLH provides RAs with the following benefits:

  • An assigned on-campus bed space free of charge. RLH will endeavor to assign RAs to single rooms as space allows. Due to space constraints and increased demand for on-campus housing, RAs may have a roommate for the entire academic year.
  • A stipend will be added to the RA’s student account at the beginning of each semester. The RA is responsible for opting into a dining plan if desired. Note: this stipend may result in changes to financial aid packages. RLH encourages RAs to consult Financial Aid to determine what financial aid adjustment, if any, might be necessary. 

RAs must sign a Housing Contract and fulfill the terms of the RA Compact in order to receive these benefits.

Time Commitment

The RA position requires a substantial time commitment, flexibility, and an open understanding of the sometimes unpredictable nature of fulfilling the duties of a student leader within RLH. The RA position cannot be easily translated into hours worked per day or week because RA responsibilities are determined by the needs of the residents. The RA position should be the first priority after attending class and fulfilling academic responsibilities. Key time commitments include:

Academic: If the RA wishes to drop below the minimum credit hours, they must receive written permission from the AD for Selection and Development in order to retain the RA position. If the RA wishes to enroll in more than 16 credit hours or otherwise participate in an increased academic load (student teaching, internships, etc.), they must first consult with their supervisor.

Duty: Duty entails staying in the hall to be accessible, completing community rounds to maintain the safety and security of the building, and responding to any issues or needs. RAs on duty must be available from 5pm-8am on weekdays, and all day on weekends or during unexpected university closures.

Break Coverage: RAs help prepare for check ins, check outs, openings, and closings. RAs are expected to assist with these duties around Thanksgiving, winter, spring, and summer breaks. 

Training: RAs participate in required online and in-person trainings prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters. RAs also participate in ongoing development through in-service meetings. 

Meetings: RA meetings include weekly staff meetings, bi-weekly or weekly one-on-one supervisor meetings, and area meetings. 

Outside Involvement/Employment: An RA must consult with their supervisor regarding outside involvement/employment, limit involvement/employment outside of the RA position to 12 hours per week, and be available for some night and weekend duties. 

Nights Away: RAs may request nights (after 2am) and weekends away with supervisor approval.

Selection Timeline

The application will be available beginning Dec. 2, 2019 at 1 p.m. and will close on Jan. 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. All completed applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be invited to interview for the Resident Assistant position at the end of January. Interviews will occur between Feb. 3 and Feb. 7. 

If you are currently an alternate candidate, you must re-apply to be considered for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email BeAnRA@vcu.edu.

How To Apply

Visit vcu.erezlife.com to apply. 

 


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