About Residence Life

The Department of Residence Life provides a living and learning environment through programs, services and opportunities which contribute to the personal and academic success of students living in the UAA residential communities.

In partnership with students, faculty, and the staff of other campus offices, we create a living/learning community environment that promotes respect for a diverse population, which is comfortable and safe, and supports the cultural, social, intellectual, physical and emotional development of UAA students. We provide active opportunities for residents to become empowered as community members and as evolving individuals who contribute to their own positive living/learning experience.


Staff Composition

The Department of Residence Life (DRL) is comprised of student and professional staff dedicated to supporting student success, enriching the campus community, and providing fun and safe activities for students.  DRL employs 8 professional staff members and coordinates with a Student Success Counselor available through the Dean of Students Office.

  • Director. 
  • Live-in Associate Director/Main Apartment Complex Residence Coordinator.
  • 3 Live-in Residence Coordinators. Each hall or complex area has a live-in professional staff member. These staff members have graduate-level degrees and specialize in leading and shaping a community that provides students a living / learning experience which supports their academic success.
  • 35 Resident Advisors. These student leaders organize activities, provide student support, develop a sense of community and assist in creating a safe and educational living / learning environment. 
  • 16 Peer Mentors. These student staff members provide personal and academic support to students through study groups, social programs and outreach activities. 
  • Desk Assistants. Each hall has a front desk managed by a student desk assistant. Desk assistants help to increase building security, refer students to campus resources, and check out equipment and supplies to residents. The number of desk assistants hired is contingent on the number of desk hours available.
  • Office Assistants.  The Department of Residence Life front desk is staffed Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm, by student office assistants who provide support to the Office Manager and other professional staff members. In addition to serving as a front-line contact for the Department of Residence Life, these paraprofessional student leaders help promote and advertise On-Campus Living programs, refer students and other office visitors to resources, and assist the Office Manager with day-to-day operations. The number of office assistants varies from semester to semester based on schedules and availability.
  • Graphic Design & Marketing Assistant.  The Department of Residence Life main office employs a student leader to assist with graphic design and social media support for all of Residence Life, Residence Hall Association, and On-Campus Living marketing efforts.