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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. How can your residence hall staff and residence hall student organizations spark
conversations about social change efforts being made on or off campus?
2. The article suggests that the first step for creating an identity-affirming microclimate
is for residence life " to first commit to recognizing, naming, and displacing broader
societal forces that produce identity-based marginalization. " How would you rate your
residence life unit using this criterion? Discuss ways that you need to enhance, change,
and improve current practices.
3. Discuss how you have helped cultivate an atmosphere in which RAs with minoritized
identities effectively engaged with their identities and built out their capacities as
leaders and educators. What are ways that you can build an overall identity-affirming
microclimate for your RAs?
4. How do you currently recruit and hire professional and student staff? What are
ways you can re-envision the recruitment and hiring process to increase compositional
representation?
5. Are there opportunities for identity-conscious mentorship for staff? If not, how can
you make that happen?
6. Skill building is a large piece of the RA position. The authors suggest that learning
outcomes become " more inclusive of emerging outcomes " such as self-confidence
and leadership skills. What are some ways that you can re-imagine professional
development or training?
7. Team dynamics and appreciation are integral to a staff's development. What
identify-affirming practices do you implement?
Discussion questions developed by Katie Boone, Virginia Commonwealth University
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