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Student Leadership Opportunities

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Student leaders
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We need you!

Student leadership offers HNU students a chance to explore interests, gain leadership experience, develop skills and new passions, improve communication and organizational abilities, and build an appreciation for the diverse community in which we live. There are many ways to lead and leave your mark at HNU including getting involved with the Center for Social Justice & Civic Engagement, Clubs & Orgs, Career Center, Campus Ministry, Student Government and so much more!

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The following positions are also available for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Hawk Day Leader
Summer Hawk Days create a foundation for student success by introducing new students to our diverse academic, social, and cultural campus community. Summer Hawk Day Leaders provide support and guidance to incoming students during a one-day summer program, acquainting them with campus resources and encouraging participation in campus activities.

Housing Front Desk Associate
Housing Front Desk Associates promote a sense of community in the Residence Halls while greeting visitors, serving as a resource for students, staff, and guests, and representing HNU as a campus operator. Housing Front Desk Associates are also responsible for the facilitation of a positive community atmosphere. Housing Front Desk Associates articulate for HNU community members and guests the philosophy and policies of the Department of Student Development & Engagement, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, and Holy Names University.

Orientation Team Leader
Orientation Leaders will serve as guides, mentors, and role models to new students and family members. Orientation Leaders will assist them with the transition into HNU and encourage involvement in the campus community.

Peer Mentor
The Peer Mentor role is a vital part of the Connections Project First-Year Experience Program. The goals of the Connections Project, and of the Peer Mentor Program, include engaging new first-year students in the HNU community, ensuring awareness of campus resources, and providing support and mentoring towards a successful first year at HNU. Each first-year student belongs to a cohort led by a Peer Mentor who helps facilitate conversation, disseminate information and provide general support to their cohort members.

Resident Assistant
Resident Assistants live within each building/floor and are responsible for the facilitation of a positive community atmosphere. Resident Assistants are crucial to the success of the Residential Community and should have a positive attitude, willingness to take on challenges, an interest in working with students and investment in their own personal growth as a leader. Resident Assistants serves as a resource to current residents, hosts various events and programming, and assists in the daily aspects of the Residential Curriculum.

Summer Resident Assistants (Summer Conference Assistants)
Summer Resident Assistants assist with the daily operations of the Residence Halls during the Summer Term. Summer Resident Assistants will have an opportunity to work with a diverse clientele as the University is home to many HNU students, conferences, and organizations during the Summer. Summer Resident Assistants will assist with front line customer service, be part of an on-call rotation, and serve as a liaison between the Campus Services, HNU community members, and various outside groups, as well as, assist in additional duties as needed.

How to Apply

In order to apply for any of these positions, you must have:
• An updated resume (submitted online as part of the application)
• Two references (to be listed on the application)
• Complete the online application here
• You must be enrolled in CALP 191 for spring 2022 or have completed it in the past to be considered for any of the positions being offered in this process.
o CALP 191 is offered Wednesdays 3:00-3:50 p.m. or Fridays 10-10:50 a.m. Spring 2021 (1 unit)
o All positions require students to complete CALP 191 with a grade B or higher.


Monday, January 10 — Application available online
Friday, January 28 — Applications Due by 5pm
Friday, February 11 — Group Process
Monday, February 14–Friday, March 4 – Individual Interviews
Wednesday, March 16 — Offer letters are sent out

Frequently Asked Questions

What class standing do I have to be to apply for these positions?

For the Resident Assistant position, you must have junior standing (60 or more units completed) for the next academic year to apply. For all other positions listed above, you must have sophomore standing for the next academic year to apply.

Can I apply for more than one position?

Yes, you may apply for multiple positions by indicating so on the application. You must complete the applicable essay questions for each position applied for.

Do I have to take a class to be eligible for a student leader position?

Yes! You must be enrolled in CALP 191 for spring 2021 or have completed it in the past to be considered for any of the positions being offered in this process.

What are the additional requirements?

All positions require students to complete CALP 191 with a grade B or higher. All positions also require a 2.75 cumulative GPA and good judicial standing.

What if I just want to apply for the Orientation Team?

Peer Mentors serve as orientation leaders for their specific first-year student cohorts. Applicants that only want to work during Orientation with transfer students or families can apply for the Orientation Team position.

What does the interview process entail?

The interview process consists of a group interview followed by an individual interview. Group interviews will take place tentatively on Friday, February 12, 2021. Individual interviews will take place during the dates of February 15 – March 5, 2021. You must attend both parts of the interview process in order to be selected to a position.

When will I find out if I get selected for a position?

Every candidate will be notified regarding their status (selected or not) by Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

When is the application due?

The application due date is Friday, January 29, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. You must have all application materials submitted by that point or your application will not be considered.

What type of references do I need?

It’s helpful to include at least one professional reference (a supervisor/boss, professor, advisor, etc.). We suggest not putting down your friends as references but rather those who can speak about your strengths as someone qualified for the position(s) you apply for.

I don’t have a resume. Can someone help me create one?

HNU Career Services (located in the Brennan Student Success Center) is a great place to receive assistance in creating and editing your resume.

Will getting hired for a student leadership position affect my financial aid?

Potentially (in regards to the RA or Summer RA positions). Please check with your financial aid counselor if you plan to apply for a RA or Summer RA position to see how these positions may impact your financial aid.

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Contact Casey LaBarbera (contact above) or Ang Banez (contact at right)

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Student Affairs

Destany Charles

Director of Housing and Residence Life