Parapro Staff Class

Residential Life Paraprofessional Staff Course

EPOL 199: The Intersection of Social Identity in Residential Communities

All newly hired paraprofessionals (including mid-year staff) receive one opportunity to enroll and successfully complete the Residential Life Paraprofessional Staff Course, EPOL 199: The Intersection of Social Identity in Residence Hall Communities. This course is 2 credits, meets for ten weeks, and includes a full-day retreat. For those hired to start working in January 2019 or the 2019–2020 academic year, the course begins in mid-February with the full-day retreat (Saturday, February 9, 2019). Missing the retreat means you forfeit your offer and must withdraw from the course.

There are ten sections of the course offered during the spring 2019 semester to accommodate all new hires. Alternates in the RA/MA pool will be invited to register for the class only if space is available once all new hires are registered. The course is optional for alternates.

This course is an exploratory course on the impact and influence of social identity on self and in the community. This course explores the intersection of identities and experiences, the impact of identity on communication and conflict, and the understanding of identity in a community setting. The course uses dialogic method, facilitated activities, group discussions, out-of-class experiences, and other opportunities that involve facilitated conversations about issues that impact community. Facilitators help guide the conversations and provide oversight for the course function.

Further information about the staff class registration will be sent following candidate offer letters in early January 2019. Permission to register for the course will be granted to eligible individuals at this time.

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