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Being involved in campus life is a great way to enhance friendships, make new connections, and build a community on campus. Whether you are joining a club, connecting with friends through UArtist Pen Pals, participating in Emerging Leaders or helping to welcome students as a First Year Guide, there are multiple ways to make life-long connections. We have over 30 clubs and organizations, tons of events and activities that focus on many different areas of interest, leadership programs, student leader positions and so much more.

For the fall of 2020, make sure you’re staying connected and involved keeping up with what is happening virtually! Take a look at the ways you can stay informed about everything that’s happening virtually this fall at UArts.
 
Student Activities Tile on the UArts App
Head to the Student Activities tile on the UArts App to see a listing of all upcoming student events, including events hosted by clubs and organizations. There you’ll find a description of the event as well as the Google Meet or Zoom links for the event. 
 
Don’t have the UArts App? You can download the UArts App by selecting one of these links:

After downloading the app, you will be prompted to enter your UArts email address, and then a verification code will be sent to your UArts email. Verification codes are valid for one hour (if you miss your code, you can generate a new verification code as needed). Enter the code, and then you’ll be registered as a user!  
 
Keepin’ Up with Campus Life Emails
Every Monday throughout the fall semester, you’ll get an email in your inbox titled “Keepin’ Up with Campus Life.” There we will highlight all of the events happening that week, include links to registration forms and links to Zoom or Google Meet sessions. We’ll also advertise various opportunities for you to get involved or calls for artists. 
 
Social Media
Follow @UArts_CampusLife on Instagram for reminders of upcoming events, highlights of events and more! 

The Campus Life team is full of staff that are passionate about creating a welcoming community for all UArts students and strive to make the experience outside of the classroom memorable and impactful. 
 
Have a question about how to get involved, start a club or org, or want to pitch an idea for a program? Email campuslife@uarts.edu to set up a meeting to discuss it!

Get to know the team

Kristen Burkett

Senior Director for Student Engagement

Meet Kristen

Kaitlin Manion

New Student Programming Coordinator

Meet Kaitlin

Jheri Wills

Diversity and Inclusion Programming Coordinator

Meet Jheri

Ryan Hopely

Campus & Commuter Life Coordinator

Meet Ryan

The Office of Campus Life as well as Residence Life and Community Standards have a few types of student leader positions. Each position has different roles and responsibilities and offers their own unique and rewarding experiences. Below is an overview of the positions:

  • Community Advisors (CA) work with the Pre-College program over the summer to host programs for Pre-College residents and ensure students have a safe and enjoyable summer.
  • First Year Guides (FYG) welcome new students into the UArts Community at New Student Orientation and assist with First Year Programs and UArts Day.
  • Resident Assistants (RA) RAs support students who live in the residence halls throughout the school year by providing them with programs to help build community.
  • Peer Mentors (PM) serve as a resource for first semester, first year students and take them to events at UArts and around the city.

 

Community Assistant

Community Assistants work with Residence Life and Community Standards and are student live-in staff members who serve as liaisons and resources within the campus community for the Pre-College students. The Community Assistant works with their residents and other residential staff members to create an environment in the residence halls that contributes to the social and cultural development of the members of the Pre-College community.

Hiring Process
Applications for the Community Assistant position are made available in early November and are emailed to students. In order to apply for the position, all applicants are required to attend an information session. Please see the Student Activities calendar for dates or email reslife@uarts.edu with questions.

 

First Year Guide

First Year Guides (FYGs) work for the Office of Campus Life and are responsible for helping to welcome our new students every year at Orientation. They are assigned a group of new students at the start of Orientation and it is their role to help ensure that these new students feel welcomed and get connected on campus. They reach out to their group throughout the semester and participate in First Year Student programming, as well as serve as UArts Day leaders and help to make UArts Day a success!

Hiring Process
The FYG application becomes available in the beginning of the spring semester and requires two references from staff, faculty, or other student leaders. Students will be emailed from Campus Life with the position description and application link. All qualified applicants are required to attend a group interview day in March as well as individual interviews. All applicants will be notified if they have been selected to serve as a FYG via email by the end of March. If you have any questions or want to learn more, please email Campus Life at campuslife@uarts.edu.


Resident Assistant

Resident Assistants (RAs work with the Residence Life and Community Standards office and are student live-in staff members who facilitate the development of the residence community, support the development of individual students, uphold the Code of Conduct, take a proactive role in maintaining safe residential facilities, take a broader leadership role within the University, participate in staff development and training, and perform administrative duties.

RAs positively shape the UArts’ on-campus living experience, while also enhancing their own leadership skills (including time management, interpersonal communication, budgeting, public speaking, and conflict mediation). Few campus employment opportunities provide students with the scope and depth of this position; RAs must be prepared for an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience where they can impact the lives of many students.

In line with these expectations, RAs' primary responsibilities are to build community among their residents and serve as a resource to the students living in their communities and in their residence hall. The residence life program depends on the strong performance of each staff member’s responsibilities and support of the overall team.

Hiring Process
Applications for the Resident Assistant position are made available in early November and are emailed to students. In order to apply for the position, all applicants are required to attend an information session. Please see the Student Activities calendar for dates or email reslife@uarts.edu with questions.

 

Peer Mentor 

Peer Mentors work with the Office of Campus Life and are matched with two to three new first year students and serve as their mentor for their first semester at UArts. Mentors serve as a resource to their mentees, help to introduce their mentees to UArts and the Philadelphia community, and give mentees advice on how to navigate the university successfully. 

Peer Mentors are required to take their mentees to various campus events to help their mentees get introduced to various aspects of life on campus and participate in programming exclusively designed for the Peer Mentor program. In addition, mentors will be given a stipend to do individual or small group activities with their mentee group!

Application Process
Interested in becoming a Peer Mentor? You must have completed Emerging Leaders or be a First Year Guide, Resident Assistant or Community Assistant to qualify to apply. Applications are made available in March every spring semester. If you have any questions or want to learn more, please email Campus Life at campuslife@uarts.edu.