Written by Ed Osborn
RAs at Eastern are carefully selected and trained to help students living on campus create an environment that is conducive to individual and social growth. Each RA develops recreational, educational and community service programming to involve students in the residence hall community and the community at large. RAs also assist individual students in their social and personal development.
"Having students serve as resident assistants not only allows us to augment our professional housing staff, but they provide support and build relationships with fellow students that are not possible with full-time staff," said Angela Bazin, acting director of housing and residential life.
Approximately 60 percent of all Eastern undergraduate students live on campus. The peer support of resident assistants in bridging a student's academic, residential and social life on campus is a critical element of Eastern's liberal arts environment. Small classes, 70 student clubs and a vibrant cultural calendar contribute to the overall campus experience found at Eastern.
Focusing on undergraduate education as Connecticut's only public liberal arts university, the University combines a strong liberal arts curriculum with experiential learning opportunities -- internships, student research and community service -- to prepare graduates for successful careers in a variety of professional fields.
Founded in 1889 as a two-year normal school training elementary schoolteachers for jobs in Connecticut schools, Eastern has grown to become a comprehensive, master's degree-granting institution of more than 5,600 students recognized by such publications as U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.