Program, program, program!!

As you probably realize, programming is an essential part of the RA position. It is through programming, both formal and informal, that you will connect with your residents and build those critical relationships. It will help your residents in many areas of their development.

Following are programming ideas divided into several categories. These categories are designed to promote wellness of the “whole person.” Remember to balance out the types of programming that you do, so that your residents receive the greatest benefit.

Remember to be inclusive. This includes financial considerations, gender, ability and more. If you don’t challenge yourself in the area of diversity, you surely won’t challenge your residents!

Programming Vocabulary:

  • Passive Programming – Programming that does not involve the direct participation of the RA (or whoever does the program). A good example of a passive program is a bulletin board or a educational poster.
  • Active Programming – In contrast to passive programming, active programming is what the name implies. Some organized event or activity in which you and your residents take and active role. This could be anything from a hike to a drug education workshop

Things to remember when planning:

  • Don’t do all the work! – Utilize the resources that you already have available! This website is only one resource! Check to see what your residence hall or housing department has available and use it
  • Bring in the experts! – You DON’T know everything, (sorry) so bring in someone who does. Ask a community business-person to come in and speak about what employers are looking for, or have an employee at the health center help with your nutrition program. Again, you don’t need to do all the work!
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