ResEdChat Ep 48: Rethinking Residence Life Staff Structures

In this episode of Roompact's ResEdChat, we chat with Stewart Robinette, who was most recently at The George Washington University and was instrumental in some of the staffing structure changes they made to their residence life program. This episode will get you thinking about alternative ways to organize our work and how we construct the roles that serve our residents.

ResEdChat Ep 46: Designing Effective Behind Closed Doors (BCDs)

In this episode of Roompact's ResEdChat, we chat with Dr. Rose Waples, who did research on RAs and crisis and emergency response, specifically looking at the experiential training experience known as Behind Closed Doors (BCDs). Many campuses have a BCDs session in their training schedule, but there are certain concepts to keep in mind when designing it to make it the most effective learning experience possible. Dr. Rose Waples is here to give us research-backed tips!

ResEdChat Ep 43: Understanding NACURH on the Campus, Regional, and National Levels

Caring, dedication, and participation; are the three links that are used to describe how NACURH members work to lead, serve, and create a community on many of our campuses. Join NACURH Advisor, Jamie Lloyd, and NACURH Regional Advisor, Tommy Newsome, II, as they each talk about their journey from being student leaders to now serving as professional staff advisors in the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). They offer sage advice on being a good advisor, recruiting student leaders to your Community Councils and RHA Boards, and exactly what NACURH is about!

ResEdChat Ep 41: Roompact User Spotlight on The College of New Jersey

In this episode of Roompact's ResEdChat, we sit down with longtime Roompact software users at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). The staff at TCNJ have been with Roompact for six years and share their journey along with some of their best practices and Roompact "pro tips." Learn about how they use data to better tell their story, assess the effectiveness of their initiatives, and aid in student retention.

ResEdChat Ep 39: Using the Doctorate To Amplify the Voices of Students and Staff

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.

ResEdChat Ep 38: Roommate Agreements & Managing Conflict

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.

ResEdChat Ep 36: Kendra Sherman on Bringing Residence Life Abroad

This week, Dustin chats with Kendra about how institutions can think about integrating a supportive residence life experience to study abroad programs and why it is important for student success. Kendra also shares anecdotes from her story that help inform her perspective as well as changing dynamics in the international education space.

ResEdChat Ep 35: Crystal Cyr and Kimberly Kruchen-Spaulding on their Multi-Institutional Study On The RA Role and Experience

In this episode of Roompact's ResEdChat, Paul chats with Crystal Cyr and Kimberly Kruchen-Spaulding about their findings from a multi-institutional survey of resident assistants on their role, their experiences in the position, and their well-being and experiences of burnout. Learn about what this may mean for the future of the RA role and how we can better support RAs through both structural and practical reforms.

ResEdChat Ep 33: Keith Edward’s New Book, “Unmasking: Toward Authentic Masculinity”

In this episode of Roompact's ResEdChat, Crystal sits down with Keith Edwards to discuss his new book, Unmasking: Toward Authentic Masculinity. "Based on more than fifteen years of research, Keith E. Edwards, PhD, illuminates men’s masking, unmasking, and becoming to help men develop their own authentic masculinity. He also shares strategies to help us all better engage the men in our lives with empathy, reach them with compassion, effectively hold them accountable, and help them to become the men they aspire to be."

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