Student Leaders in Residence The support system in Residence at Western is unlike any other. We have over 500 student leaders that can answer your questions or direct you to someone who can. Not just an amazing resource, they shape your experience and want you to enjoy everything Western has to offer! Are you interested in applying for one of these positions? Check out the Housing site for more information and recruitment dates. Apply to be a Student Leader Residence Staff Dons live on every floor in first-year residences and play a key role in building an atmosphere that helps students grow personally, learn outside the classroom and make lifelong connections. A Don is a friend, resource, mentor, role model and community builder in residence. Thanks to our Dons, programs exist that positively enhance the student experience. Areas such as academics, social transition, personal development, safety and diversity are explored through a variety of residence and floor activities. Renee C., Residence Staff "I've actually met some of my closest friends in residence... " Read More Renee C. Residence Staff Medway-Sydenham Hall RA 2018-19, Ontario Hall RA and Soph 2016-17, Ontario Hall Soph 2015-16. Having been in residence for four years, I've actually met some of my closest friends in residence as a student leader. The Residence Staff role ranges from building a welcoming floor community to overseeing residence safety. We regularly check in with students, run monthly floor- and building-wide programs that meet student needs and interests, and the front desk calls us to respond to emergencies or even noise complaints in the building We also receive higher level training in order to provide you with the support you need throughout the year. In short, we do our best to help you succeed and make sure you're having the best year possible! Residence Education Advisor (REA) REAs live off campus and work with Student Experience, the International and Exchange Student Centre, Residence Staff, Residence and Faculty Sophs, student volunteers, and Residents' Councils to create a community in residence that supports students' academic success and leadership development. They act as a resource for academic support and leadership involvement, providing opportunities for student engagement in residence and on campus. This role is similar to the past Academic Leadership Programmer (ALP) position. Alec W., ALP "We want to empathize with students to find the most..." Read More Alec W. ALP Delaware Hall ALP 2017-18, Elgin Hall ALP 2016-17, Perth Hall RA 2015-16 It's easy to say, "Oh, you should study more and spend less time socializing," but that's not what ALPs do. We want to empathize with students to find the most efficient and effective way for students to balance doing well in school and having fun. The way I see it is ALPs are your one-stop shop in residence that students can go through to be connected with the support and services they need. I'm an ALP because I want to help students find their niche and their success plan as soon as possible. Residence and Faculty Sophs Sophs are super spirited and become like the siblings you never had. Their pride for the Western experience has granted them the role to be that connecting link for students starting on move-in day. Residence Sophs support residence, and Faculty Sophs connect with you to guide you academically. Learn how you can make an impact on residence life. Irfan J., Head Soph "I feel like Residence Sophing is an extension of who I am... " Read More Irfan J. Head Soph Residence Orientation Coordinator 2019-20, Saugeen-Maitland Hall Head Soph 2018-19, Saugeen-Maitland Hall Soph 2017-18, Saugeen-Maitland Hall Soph 2016-17 There are all these first-year students and there is Western. Sophs form a good chunk of that bridge between the two, especially in the first two weeks. We're often the first people students see when they come to Western. We invite them out of their cars and during OWeek we facilitate the events, making sure everyone feels comfortable. The rest of the year we're mentors, but more than that we're also just another friend. I am a Residence Soph because I care about people. I feel like Residence Sophing is an extension of who I am. Residents' Council Each residence has a student body elected to organize and run events, personal development programs and socials. The council also represents student interests through a variety of residence committees. Every floor/wing in each building has an elected representative on the council. This is an opportunity for all students to get involved in shaping the residence community. Kimia R., Residents' Council President "Give back by organizing the same events that you enjoyed so much... " Read More Kimia R. Residents' Council President Perth Hall Soph and Residents' Council President 2018-19, Perth Hall Residents' Council Member 2017-18 Residents' Council is an excellent opportunity to give back by organizing the same events that you enjoyed so much as a first-year, and helping make residence a place where students feel at home. Bonus: you can polish up your leadership and collaboration skills, and be a part of a unique team of passionate individuals while you're at it! You could be a reason why people love living in residence, make good memories, and see Western as their new home. Connect-IT Staff Members Connect-IT Staff members are part time students who provide technical support to students living in residence at Western University. Ciarán M., Connect-IT Staff "On move-in day, you may see us giving out ethernet and printer cables... " Read More Ciarán M. Connect-IT Staff Connect-IT Staff Member 2018-19, Connect-IT Staff Member 2017-18, Connect-IT Staff Member 2016-17 We're trained to troubleshoot basic internet issues when students come to us and tell us they're having trouble connecting. Usually, we're able to solve it on the phone but we also book in-person appointments. On move-in day, you may see us giving out ethernet and printer cables to solve problems before they even arise. I help students across all the residence buildings connect to the Internet, plus I get to meet some pretty amazing people.