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Student Leadership Positions in Residential Life

At the heart of our mission is our dedicated team who strives to enhance the residential experience for Columbia students. Within Residential Life, resident advisers (RAs) are the front line of a layered on-call resource system. RAs work in partnership with the graduate hall directors (GHDs), residence hall directors (RHDs), associate directors (ADs), the director and the Dean-on-Duty to provide a comprehensive network of support. The 4 GHDs and 16 professional staff members in Residential Life serve the undergraduate residential community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. All staff members are trained as generalists, focusing on active and empathic listening skills and the ability to connect to the emotion someone is experiencing.

Columbia students have the opportunity to make endless choices regarding their involvement within our community. However students choose to pursue their passions and spend their time out of the classroom, we hope they will make it a priority to actively involve themselves in each residential community of which they are a member.

Who we are...

The paraprofessional staff of Residential Life includes 146 resident advisers (RAs). Among the entire population of 5,600 undergraduate students, our RAs emerge as leaders within the Columbia community. RAs develop a healthy community by focusing on the growth and development of each individual on their hall and promote an environment conducive to the overall wellness needs of residents. 

Who we want...

We want current first-years, sophomores and juniors who would like to make a difference in the Columbia community. We want students who are leaders or hope to be leaders by shaping our residence halls as vibrant, educational communities. We look for creative and energetic students who are strong team players and good listeners. We seek undergraduates open to gaining new skills such as community development, conflict resolution, programming through the experience of being an RA.

Why you want to be a resident adviser...

  • Gain transferable skills and experiences for all types of careers
  • Develop effective time management and problem-solving skills and learn how to work within a larger team
  • Support transition for new students and foster relationships among upperclass students
  • Make a difference in campus life
  • Compensation consists of housing and a $1,000 stipend

Residential Life


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3612

Fax: 212-854-6815

Office Hours

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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