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A variety of leadership opportunities are available to you when you live in the residence halls, including serving as a Resident Assistant, working at the front desk as a Desk Assistant or being a member of the Residence Hall Arts Council.

Resident Assistants

Your Resident Assistant (RA) is an integral part of Cornish College of the Arts’ Housing and Residence Life staff.

RAs are second, third or fourth year students who work part-time and are live-in paraprofessional staff members. They help create a healthy, safe and thriving community where students are able to gain life experience, are intrinsically involved in Cornish activities, and develop their interpersonal, academic and leadership potential. The RA’s primary responsibility is to cultivate relationships among residents and to help build a community that is culturally rich, socially robust, inclusive and respectful of diversity.
The residence halls at Cornish have a total of 11 RAs; six at 7th Avenue and five at 8th Avenue. The RAs undergo extensive training before you move in. They support you by being available in the evenings through on-call shifts, planning activities and programs throughout the school year, navigating and facilitating tough conversations such as roommate conflicts, and by being a positive presence, resource and mentor.
Meet the RAs.

RA Application Process

Welcome & Thanks

Greetings from Housing and Residence Life and thank you for your interest in being a Resident Assistant for the 2014 - 2015 school year! Every year proves to be challenging as we continue to build our Housing and Residence Life program and look for the best student leaders. Being an RA is a rewarding and engaging position on campus, one that you will never experience anywhere else! Our hope is that together with our team of student leaders, we can make our residential communities the best they can be!

Nervous about the selection process?

Well, our best advice to you is to take the time to learn what being an RA is all about. There are 11 RAs willing to share what they do, the stresses, and the benefits of being part of our staff. The information they provide will prove invaluable to you in this process!
Included here is all of the information you will need to apply for the RA position! If at any point you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Housing and Residence Life professional staff.
We look forward to seeing your application.

To Do

•Essay Questions
•H&RL Reference
•Department Chair Reference
•Professional Reference
•Submit Application


What When Where
Information Session Friday, November 15, 2013, 12 pm MCC 305
Information Session Sunday, November 17, 2013, 7 pm 7th Ave, 1st floor lounge
Information Session Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 12 pm Kerry 313
Application Due Friday, January 24, 2014, 5pm 8th Ave.
Group Process Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9am - 12 pm MCC 3rd floor
Personal Interviews Tuesday, February 4 - Friday, February 14, 2014 8th Ave.
Selection Retreat Saturday,  March 1 - Sunday, March 2, 2014 off campus
Placement Notification Friday, March 8, 2014 email

Application Due · January 24, 2014

Your application is your first impression in this process, make it a good one! We’ve listed tips and answers to commonly asked to the right to assist in this first step.

Group Process · February 1, 2014

Those invited to group process are broken up into groups of 8-10 and participate in a few activities together from 9am - noon. Groups are facilitated by H&RL professional staff. Current RAs and professional staff observe the group as you progress through the activities. Only those who meet the minimum requirements for the position will be invited to the group process.

Personal Interviews- Feb. 4, 2014 thru Feb. 14, 2014

The next step is an interview with H&RL professional staff. This interview is a more in depth look into you as a person and a candidate. Questions are typically difficult and are meant to test candidates about their knowledge of community building, leadership, diversity, and peer-to-peer relationships. We also use this time to clarify any questions that have come up previously in selection.

Selection Retreat · Feb 28, 2014 – March 1, 2014

The selection retreat is an overnight retreat off campus at no cost to candidates. Invited candidates should plan to leave Cornish at about 5pm Friday and return by 5pm Saturday. This retreat is our opportunity to see how all final candidates interact with each other and it allows us to determine final placements. Returning staff join new candidates as participants at this retreat. After the retreat, 11 people will be placed on staff, all others will be RA alternates. In the event that an RA is placed in a hall and prior to the start of fall semester is unable to fulfill their duties, the RA alternates are the first invited to join our team.

The Selection Process

The RA selection process consists of many parts. The following is a short description of its components. You will receive an email between each part of selection as to whether or not you have been invited to participate. The design of this process allows us to look deeper at individuals by reducing the numbers along the way. Please remember, this is a very competitive process and we have a limited number of positions available. Don’t be discouraged! We are looking for a diverse group of RAs, so we consider many different qualities in each applicant. There is no “cookie cutter” RA!

Contacts and Questions

The Housing and Residence Life selection process can be very exciting, nerve-racking, complicated and fun. If you ever have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help you in any way we can! Feel free to stop by our main office in the 8th Avenue Residence Hall, call 206.315.5852, email, or talk to an RA if you need answers. We want to ensure your selection process is as fun and educational as possible!

Desk Assistants

Desk Assistants (DAs) also play an important role on the Housing and Residence Life team, serving as one of the initial points of contact for the residence hall and Cornish communities. They staff the front desks of both halls, assisting in the administration, service, and security of the residence halls. DAs help you with various needs and questions, planning front desk programs for residents, providing information and working to strengthen the sense of community within your residence.

Meet the DAs.

Residence Hall Arts Council

The Residence Hall Art Council (RHAC) is a group of residents that aims to improve the quality of life in the residence halls and make a positive impact on the college. RHAC serves the resident student body by organizing events that strengthen our learning community. RHAC also works to improve the halls and meet the needs of residents and members. RHAC is open to all students living in the residence halls and welcomes dedicated, enthusiastic new recruits. For more information email Meetings are Thursdays at 12:10 pm in MCC 305.