Parapro Staff Class

Residential Life Paraprofessional Staff Course

EOL 199:  - The Intersection of Social Identity in Residential Communities

All newly hired paraprofessionals (including mid-year staff) receive one opportunity to enroll and successfully complete the Residential Life Paraprofessional Staff Course, EOL 199: The Intersection of Social Identity in Residence  Hall Communities. This course is 2 credits, meets for 10 weeks, and includes a full-day retreat. For those hired to start working in January 2018 or the 2018-2019 academic year, the course begins on Saturday, February 10, 2018 with the full-day retreat. Missing the retreat means you forfeit your offer and must withdraw from the course.

There are 10 sections of the course offered during the spring 2018 semester to accommodate all new hires. Alternates in the RA/MA pool will be invited to register for the class only if space is available once all new hires are registered. The course is optional for alternates.


  • Full-day Retreat: Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., location tba (This retreat day is mandatory for anyone enrolled in the course. Anyone who misses the retreat for any reason must withdraw from the course. For new hires, missing the retreat will also result in you forfeiting your Paraprofessional offer)
  • Week of February 12, 2018 weekly class begins for all sections

This course is an exploratory course on the impact and influence of social identity on self and in the community. This course explores the intersection of identities and experiences, the impact of identity on communication and conflict, and the understanding of identity in a community setting. The course uses dialogic method, facilitated activities, group discussions, out-of-class experiences, and other opportunities that involve facilitated conversations about issues that impact community. Facilitators help guide the conversations and provide oversight for the course function.

Further information about the staff class registration will be sent with candidate offer letters in early January 2018. When the section dates/times are finalized they will be posted on our selection website. Check back for more details.

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