It’s about that time that you engage in your first one-on-one (1:1) with your supervisor! Maybe you are a few 1:1s in, but nonetheless, a 1:1 meeting is likely to be relatively new to you. 1:1s are also an excellent way to get to know your supervisor and begin building a relationship. If you're unsure... Continue Reading →
Getting back on campus can be a busy time! You have to move into your new space, meet your new team, engage in training, and prepare for your next semester of classes. On top of all of that, you are expected to help build a community with a whole new set of residents. Before all... Continue Reading →
Let’s talk about move-in day. Imagine moving across the country and arriving at your campus as a new student. You may be nervous. You may not know anyone. You may be anxious about what the year brings, or you may wonder what this new community you're entering into may be like. Will they be accepting?... Continue Reading →
In August of 2020, I sat down in my first master’s class where I was completely SHOCKED to learn that a bunch of scholars kind of knew exactly what I went through as a college student. One scholar spoke to how transitions were hard and challenging, which is why college students need support. College is... Continue Reading →
I first embarked upon my journey into the realm of ResLife in August of 2022. Having worked in just about every facet of my previous institution besides Housing, the culture shift was most certainly an adjustment. The acceptance of late night phone calls and last minute improvisation both became new and helpful additions to my... Continue Reading →
For Pro Staff For Student Staff Roompact's "Quick Tips" series highlights ideas and suggestions you can put into your practice as either a professional staff or student staff member working in residence life and education. Click to read more from the series. Universal Design is an approach that aims to create inclusive and accessible environments... Continue Reading →
As our Summer 2023 ACUHO-I Intern, Kassidy, finishes up her time with us, we wanted to take a moment to check back in with her to see how her time working at Roompact went. Kassidy shares with Dustin her favorite moments, what she's learned, and what's next for her.
Over Labor Day weekend last year, I embarked on a journey unlike any I had yet taken in my life—a visit to the House of Mouse, or Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. I had grown up like many others watching the Disney channel, taking in specials where our ambitious characters on the much anticipated... Continue Reading →
Resident Assistants (RAs) play a crucial role in fostering a supportive and inclusive community within university residence halls. Understanding the dynamics and relationships among residents is essential for creating a positive living environment. A floor sociogram is a powerful tool that can help RAs gain valuable insights into these dynamics. In this blog post, we... Continue Reading →
In this episode of Roompact's ResEdChat, Guest Host Crystal Lay speaks with Drs. Kawanna Leggett and Erik Sorenson, and future Dr. Alvin Mangosing about each of their decisions to pursue a doctoral degree and how they are using what they have learned to enhance the experience of their staff and students. They also highlight the importance of each person making educational and career decisions that make sense for themselves. Finally, they each provide their thoughts on whether one needs a doctoral degree to do our work in college student housing and residence life.
When you hear the word retreat, what comes to mind? For me, it’s statements like, “Lets start with an icebreaker,” “Everyone say your name, title, and what you do,” and “What is a fun or little known fact about you?” It’s traveling to a near or far location and blocking off your calendar. It’s sharing... Continue Reading →
For Pro Staff For Student Staff Roompact's "Quick Tips" series highlights ideas and suggestions you can put into your practice as either a professional staff or student staff member working in residence life and education. Click to read more from the series. Living in a residence hall can be an exciting experience, but it also... Continue Reading →
Paul returns to the podcast this week to chat with host Dustin Ramsdell about the fundamentals of roommate agreements and the role they serve in managing residential student conflict. Paul also highlights how users of Roompact's software can leverage its features to be proactive in reducing conflict. Learn from him and examples from other schools about high impact practices.
I recently was having a discussion with a colleague about conference registration rates that got me thinking... What do these cost in 2023? (What is the cost of anything anymore in 2023?!) I'm often aware of the conferences I attend, but what about the others? How do they compare to one another? Which are the... Continue Reading →
Across the country a week or two before all students return to campus, we see housing student leaders come back early to prepare and train for the upcoming year. This often involves team building, crisis management, facetime with campus resource leaders, and hopefully some time carved out for hall preparations. After the whirlwind of the... Continue Reading →
Get Ready for Staff Training and Move In! Hello Friends! It’s hard to believe it's time to start preparing for move in! To help get you ready, we've compiled a number of updates for you in this quarter's Roompact Recap. We've also created a checklist for you of common tasks to accomplish to ensure you're ready to... Continue Reading →
What does the future of AI-based technology hold? We're doing a little experiment, specifically with the AI chat-bot, ChatGPT. This post is part of a series where we ask ChatGPT interesting, unusual, or just plain fun questions related to residence life and college student housing. All answers were generated by the AI. At the end... Continue Reading →
In this episode of Roompact's ResEdChat, Host Crystal lay speaks with Nate Armenta from Northern Arizona University about ways that college and university staff can support Native and Indigenous students and staff. Nate speaks on language, culture, land acknowledgments, and the importance of access to education for Native and Indigenous students.