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ERIC Number: EJ1103743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
Reaching Out: Challenges and Opportunities of Recruiting a Diverse Staff of Resident Assistants
Healea, C. Daryl; Hale, Patrick J.
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v42 n3 p66-79 2016
Recruiting a diverse staff of resident assistants at an institution of American higher education involves both challenges and opportunities. This study employed the theoretical framework of multicultural organizational development to explore how diversity was cultivated in a resident assistant staff and why that staff exhibited a particular form of structural diversity. The authors applied an interpretive case study approach to the resident assistant recruitment process at a predominantly White institution. An analysis of participant observations, documentary evidence, and focus groups yielded themes regarding recruitment gaps, departmental focus, institutional forces, and the influence of professional staff. The resulting discussion encourages practitioners to make transparent use of data, to focus on consistent and intentional messaging about diversity, and to promote interactional and cocurricular diversity in order to recruit a diverse resident assistant staff and cultivate an equitable and inclusive campus environment. [Discussion questions prepared by Rachaele Andrews and Donta Ingram.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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