Resident Assistant for
International Student Engagement Selection


Thank you for your interest in the Resident Assistant for International Student Engagement (RAISE)* Position for the 2018 - 2019 Academic Year.  The Department of Student Life is looking to hire three (3) students to serve as RAISE to our international resident students in either Dante House, Steuben Hall, or Wyoming Hall (location may change) while also completing traditional Resident Assistant responsibilities**. In order to be considered for the position, you must complete the RAISE Application in its entirety and submit it by February 2, 2018.  All applicants will be required to submit references (February 5, 2018) and either a co-curricular transcript or resume in addition to the application.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered.  Each application received will be reviewed and evaluated by the RAISE Selection Committee and members of the Student Life Staff. RAISE Applicants only need to complete the RAISE Application. Applicants may indicate interest in the RA Position via the RAISE Application.

Dependable | Sound Judgment | Open-Minded | Willing & Helpful | Patient

If you embody these values, the RAISE position might be for you!  RAISEs possess strong leadership skills, foster the development of relationships, promote well-being to students, and demonstrate a commitment to multicultural education in not only their residential community, but across the SUNY Geneseo campus.

Student Life Educational Priority
The Department of Student Life develops socially responsible citizens who build positive relationships as engaged learners.

Student Life Learning Goals
1.     Each student will become a socially responsible citizen. 
2.     Each student will build positive relationships. 
3.     Each student will aspire to be an engaged learner. 

RAISE Selection Timeline
  • RA Application available: December 1
  • RA Information Sessions: Time and Location TBD
    • December 7 & 11 - Application, References, and Resumes (Co-Curricular Transcripts)
    • January 18 & 23 - Interviewing and Networking 
    • January 30 - Last Minute Application and Position Questions
    • February 20 - Preparation for Group Process
    • March 5 - Conditional Offer and Student Leader Learning & Development Course
  • RA Information Tables: January 22 - 26
  • RA Application Due: February 2
  • RA Interviews Scheduled: February 5 - 23
  • RA Group Process Day: February 24 (plan on 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • RA Position Conditional Offers: March 9
  • RA Position Conditional Acceptance Due: March 18
  • RA Position Student Leader Learning & Development Course: March 18 - April 20*
  • RA Position Acceptance Due: April 23
  • RA Orientation: April 30*
Program Goal

The goal of the RAISE program is to provide our international students with an immediate campus connection in the residential community.

The RAISE is a student leader who lives in one of three Residence Halls with a significant population of international students.  In addition to completing RA responsibilities, the RAISE will create engagement opportunities specifically for international students to link them with their peers.  The RAISE has an interest in creating meaningful experiences for and will communicate important campus information and events to international students.  RAISEs may have a passion for global issues, foreign cultures and languages, or study abroad and international education.  The RAISE will attend specific training sessions and participate in International Student Orientation.  The RAISE will complete all traditional RA duties.  In addition, they will serve as a resource and campus connector to our international students, integrating them into the community and linking them with their peers.

Community Building and Engagement

Prior to Arrival
Creating a miniature biography and offering a photo to share with our international students will start the introductions early.  Before they arrive, the international students will know someone with whom they can connect.  The RAISEs will also write a letter to the international students in their area, welcoming them to SUNY Geneseo. If purchased, the RAISEs and fellow RAs, will make up beds with linens selected by the international students. 

Upon their arrival, the RAISEs will be present in their Residence Hall waiting to offer a warm welcome to the international students and help them with their belongings.  During International Student Orientation, RAISEs will accompany the students on entertaining trips and shopping excursions; they will also plan evening engagement events. Once Meet-Ups begin, the RAISEs will invite the international students and their residents to attend.  This will begin the connection. 

Campus Life
After welcome weekend is over and classes begin, the RAISEs will continue to serve as a resource, advocate, and connector for our international students.  Their community builders will focus on integrating the international student residents with other residents in the community.  The RAISEs will send weekly messages to their residents advising them of upcoming events.  They will post their availability for questions and concerns to their international student residents.  Training will prepare the RAISEs to effectively question international students about their experience on campus and adjusting to life in the United States and SUNY Geneseo.  They will also be prepared to identify indicators of concern from their residents and know how and where to refer them.  The RAISE will communicate with their Area Coordinator/Residence Director about plans, needs, concerns, and other updates as they arise regarding their role.  They will also serve as a liaison between Student Life and International Student Services, and will attend required meetings several times throughout the year.  As the semester and year progress, a relationship between the RAISEs and the international students will be forged that will enrich the lives of both. 

Training and Expectations

Training Overview
The RAISEs will join the international students at their orientation in late August.  The RAISEs will be excused from RA Training to be present for a specific part of International Student Orientation.  RAISEs will attend a seminar presented by a member of International Student Services.  The seminar will focus on an exploration of American culture and values, development of cross-cultural skills, and an exploration of issues unique to international students living in a residence hall community.  RAISEs will partner with a member of Student Life to facilitate a session at International Student Orientation. 

Expectations of RAISE

  • RAISE will be the point of contact for each building concerning cross-cultural/international student issues
    • ISSS/ Student Life RAISE Coordinator may reach out to offer information or to glean information from you
  • RAISE will organize social and educational programming within the hall with a focus on international student outreach
    • RAISE will post information about upcoming events weekly on Facebook/Google Site (campus wide, hall, floor, etc.)
  • RAISE will check in with fellow RAs of the building regarding international students on individual floors
  • RAISE will be aware of international students' courses
    • RAISE will follow up with international students regarding registration (provide information about how to register)
  • RAISE will begin contact with incoming international students the summer and winter breaks prior to the arrival of new international students via mailings and use of social media
  • RAISE will check in with ISSS staff/Student Life RAISE Coordinator twice a month during the first month of each semester and once a month thereafter (may need to reconsider)
  • RAISE will provide social programming in the evening during International Student Orientation
    • Examples: Campus Tour, Main Street Tour, Volleyball in the South Village, Geneseo Sunset in the Gazebo, Ice Cream Social
  • RAISE will participate in assessing the impact of the RAISE program on the lives of our international resident students
RAISE Position Qualifications
  • Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits
    • Applicants must report at least a 2.5 Fall 2017 GPA at the time of application 
    • Applicants must also receive at least a 2.5 GPA for the Spring 2018 semester
  • Applicants must be in good conduct standing and not have current conduct sanctions
  • Applicants must have completed one semester at SUNY Geneseo by the end of the Spring 2018 semester
  • Applicants must have lived in on-campus at least one semester at any college or university by the end of the Spring 2018 semester
  • Applicants must not hold a full-time position elsewhere, be a student teacher, or hold a full-time internship
Desired candidates will demonstrate:
  • Leadership potential through past experiences and recommendations
  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Willingness to advocate for and be a source of support for other students
  • Sensitivity and genuine concern for others that would compel one to form relationships with assigned residents
  • Integrity in decision-making and maturity in actions
  • Program event planning skills to meet established goals
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to evaluate and respond to high pressure situations
  • Effective communication skills and patience when working with students and colleagues
  • Knowledge of SUNY Geneseo and the Department of Student Life Campus Living policies and functions
Conditions of Employment
  • Period of Employment:  August 12, 2018 - May 20, 2019 (dates may be adjusted)
  • Enrollment Requirement:  RAs must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours and be considered a full-time student; must also register for the RA Class INTD 240
    • RAs may not register for more than 18 credits without permission from the Director of Student Life
  • Remuneration:  Room rent waiver, $200.00 meal plan allocation per semester, $300.00 stipend per semester
  • Academic Standing:  RAs must maintain both a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5
  • Conduct:  Employment is contingent upon maintaining good conduct standing; conduct history is reviewed prior to hire
  • Department Initiatives:  Attendance at RA Training, RA Selection, RA Class, Committee Meetings, and Residence Hall opening and closing is mandatory
  • Student Teaching:  RAs are not permitted to student teach
  • Employment:  RAs are not permitted to work more than 15 hours per week outside of their position with Student Life

*Formally known as ISM!
** RAISE Applicants only need to complete the RAISE Application.  Applicants may indicate interest in the RA Position via the RAISE Application.