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BC: The End

FC: Naheed Ahmad Resident Assistant James Stukel Towers D5/D6 | Returner Portifolio

1: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. -Confucius Thanks for the morrLife brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen

2: First 6 Weeks | Week 1: Game Night Week 2: Maxwell Market and State Street Shopping Week 3: Fondue Night Week 4: Henna Night Week 5: Spoon Assassins Week 6: How You CAN Be a Superhero

3: Programming | Goals: -Achieve housing goal that "residents will know and care for another" through programming that targets a variety of audiences -Learn something from each program -Following programming model, become a role model for programming so that residents will reach housing goal of "residents will plan programs and activities interdependently with Campus Housing" -Get a feel for which programs residents are most responsive to

4: Week 2: Maxwell Market and State Street Shopping | - 6 attendees -What I learned: This program was not as advertised as well as the first program and there were only 6 attendants, so I learned that I really needed to advertise well (see advertising strategies page). Also, the timing (Sunday afternoon) could have been a problem, so I tried to plan my programs at later times in the weekdays.. I also should let the residents dictate how much time they want to spend at each location, because they were lingering around the same locations that I was and waited for me to leave a stall before they did. -Accomplishments: Those who attended got to know each other very well.

5: -33 attendees -Residents came together to play Apples to Apples and Mafia -What I learned: At first, I was not dictating and letting the program go with the flow, but there was confusion on what game was going to be played. I learned that I needed to plan which activities are going to occur ahead of time. -Accomplishments: During the moment of confusion, one of my residents stepped and directed the program. Thus, I identified a floor leaders | Week 1: Game Night

6: -33 people attended -Fondue with Cards! -Things I learned: I let the residents dictate what they wanted to do in the program, but that did not go as well, because they were not playing cards as one cohesive unit. The other people sat amongst their clusters. Next time, I will lead the program more. -Accomplishments: My residents said that the fondue was very good! | Week 3: Fondue Night

7: Week 4: Henna Night | -16 people attended -I applied henna in my room. I also had speed friending going on so people had something to do while they were waiting and those who wanted a henna tattoo needed to tell me 3 things they learned about someone. -Things I learned: I moved the location of the program an hour before it started to my room, but I don't think I publicized that well enough. I learned that next time I should have left a sign at the previous location. -Accomplishments: The residents seemed to really enjoy the structured speed-friending activity that was set up, versus just sitting around and not doing anything while waiting around for henna tattoos. They were receptive to the “ice-breaker” activity. -

8: Week 5: Spoon Assassins | -36 people attended -Spoon Assassins is a game that helps people get to know each other. You have to assassinate people by poking them with a spoon and survive assassination by visibly carrying a spoon around. I explained the rules, handed out spoons and gave residents the opportunity to decorate their spoons during the -informational meeting. -Things I learned: This was probably my most successful program. I really promoted it, because I knew that this was something perfect for my community''s needs. I learned that having programs where one residents needs to become acquainted with just one other resident at a time is helpful. -Accomplishments: The game is definitely helping the residents to recognize who is on their floor due to residents carrying spoons around campus randomly . Also, it is forcing them to find out who their neighbors are. Since this list of who is still in the game is in the study lounge, my residents hang out more in the common study lounge area, as well. They are really receptive to it.

9: -About 25 Participants -Collaborated with other JST RAs -What I learned: Collaboration with other staff members on a program is a good way to throw programs that are more informative than social. -Accomplishments: A good majority of the residents that attended this program were my residents. | Week 6: How You CAN Be a Superhero

10: Freshmen Floor Meeting | Agenda

11: 1st Floor Meeting | Agenda

12: Birthday Committee Lisa Nguyen, Nick Alcantara and Andrew Lui -This helped them all to become connected

13: Committees Formed | Door-knocking Ricky Hem

14: Human Scavenger Hunt Given out at Freshmen and First Floor Meeting

15: 3rd Floor Meeting Community Standards and Vandalism | Agenda -Address vandalism that occurred and consequences as outlined in the handbook -Allow for community to create community standards | Community Standards: -Clean up your own stuff. -Don't throw your stuff in the hallways. -Keep your music down. -Don't touch things that are not yours. -Keep trash room neat.

16: -Rock Climbing -Spoon Assassins Part II -Halloween Lounge Decorating -Floor Late Night -Horrible Bosses and Captain America -Smoothie Night | POST 6 WEEKS PROGRAMMING

17: - | Rock Climbing | -14 participants -Resident implemented. -My main job was to contact Housing Pro Staff, Rec Center and make this event happen for my residents. -Residents cheered for each other, even ones they didn't always associate with.

18: Halloween Lounge Decorating | JST Hall Council Sponsored

19: Spoon Assassins PART II | -Implemented by residents -29 participants -Main job: Publicize the event. -High point: Residents from other floors wanted to join.

20: -Implemented by myself. -I wanted to do a Floor Late Night versus a Floor Dinner, because it was a more convenient time for residents. -I also implemented it because I noticed that most of my residents knew and were comfortable around one another, but did not really actively hang out with individuals from different clusters. | Floor Late Nights

21: Horrible Bosses and Captain America | -Resident Implemented -Main Job: Book the JST Events Center -About 30 participants. -High Points: These residents now hold weekly movie nights in their cluster, but do not formally propose it as a program. Also, a lot of residents from different communities came.

22: Smoothie Night | -Residents rewards for getting 100% MAP completion -Implemented by myself -Tons of help from my wonderful staff! -Highest points: Largest attendance out of all programs (around 60 people).

23: -Resident Implemented. -12 participants. -Main job: Assign residents their Secret Santas and find out who is participating. -High points: This was a program I wanted to put on myself, but resident approached me herself so I'm glad I got to put it on! I also assigned residents their Secret Santas instead of pulling randomly, so that those residents with similar interests could have more opportunities to interact. | Secret Santa

24: -Emails -Word of mouth -Text messages -Facebook -A poster on every door -Card invitations | Secret to Programming Success: Advertising and Fit

25: *Also put strong emphasis on tailoring programs to fit the community | Assessed needs of residents. Before school started I had programs picked out before meeting residents, but then decided that I needed to diversify and meet the needs of my residents

26: Specific Ways of Supporting the Programming Model | Community Development/Role Modeling -> Acclimating ->Collaboration-> Advising -First 6 weeks program: being a role model -Program Petitions/Assisting with Program -Sending out emails to residents with the same interest -Allowing for them to voice their program ideas on Facebook -Setting realistic expectations/encouraging cheaper versions of programs (ex. Getting smoothies from Jamba juice -> Smoothie night) -Being keen and receptive to their suggestions -Program suggestion poster in the lounge -Creating committees --Sociograms -> grouping residents by interest, then telling them that they have common interests

27: Program Petitions. | Facebook Group as programming tool.

28: Housing Community Development Goals | Residents will learn cooperatively by taking the same classes and studying together -Made special note of residents' classes while getting to know residents/interviews, put this info in sociograms. 1. Active efforts: Sent out emails to residents in the same class to get study groups together 2. Passive efforts: Mentioned which residents were in the same class in conversation and to get residents together. Residents will plan programs and activities interdependently with Campus Housing 1. Put up program petitions on the side of the elevator 2. Fostered it with hinting to others that other residents were interested in the same thing 3. Assisted with the process: Helped with program proposal, but made sure that residents went shopping themselves 4. Emphasis on helping with advertisement with word of mouth and posters Residents will know and care for one another -Emphasis on social programming -Emphasis on individual meetings/connections -Facebook Group -Visuals that emphasize community – Bulletin Boards with the same themes, puzzle pieces out of names, welcome signs

29: Community Development/Programming: Future Improvements | -Incorporate more UIC agencies and resources, put emphasis on other things other than just social programming or incorporate both elements -Have more informal programs -Encourage cluster dinners -Stronger emphasis on floor dinners in the beginning of the year -Floor Leaders: Keeping more emphasis on the committees formed earlier in the year -Utilize the free events that Rec center hosts at the beginning of the semester

30: The Different Faces of Leadership | Leadership on Staff

31: Leadership in the D5/D6 Community

32: STAFF LEADERSHIP | -Integral in being a leader is SUPPORT 1. I attended as many staff programs as I can 2. I received Picture Person of the Week (JST staff recognition) twice, because of the support I showed staff. 3. I have tried my hardest to be a staff member who others can vent to, offer a listening ear. 4. I am not afraid to reach out for advice and use my own resources, ask SRA, RD, fellow staff members/ mentors and use my own social support networks. | At another staff member's program

33: ALSO ON STAFF/OVERALL JST COMMNITY: 5.FIRs: I attended Tom Glenn's Dinner with the Deans/Ice Cream & actively promoted it to my residents 6. Hall Council: To support Hall Council, I made myself available to the members, made ties with them and also attempted various Hall Council programs. 7. I also referred residents to different programs in different halls and communities, such as SIAs, to support fellow staff and provide benefit for students 8. I always try to keep an positive outlook on things, no matter what might happen. | Support | I had the most FIR interaction with Tom Glenn. | Attending Hall Council Spooktacular

34: Member of D5/D6: Role model and Leader | Agenda | 1. Empathy is among the biggest thing I wanted to provide my residents. 2. I established myself as a support figure and made my presence known by acknowledging all residents through -Post-its on everyone's door for everyone as I met - Conversation/contact with all 60 residents at least once a week for the first 6 weeks -Post 6 weeks, conversation/contact with all residents at least twice a week 2. If my residents were open to it, I spent at least 5-10 hours each week not just having an open door policy, but actively going to different clusters, and talking to each cluster -Genuine interest 3. I actively tried to emulate actions that I would like them to engage in -I would study an hour in the lounge most days as not only a sign of my presence, but also as a way to encourage them to come study and meet people this way -Supporting NRHH and RHA: Attending meetings, becoming a chapter member, volunteering with them -Attending FIR programs, going to Flames games -Attending Hall Council programs 4. Supporting my residents in their activities -Attending/publicizing things that my residents are involved in, i.e. gymnastics meets, dance competitions. -Weekly email about what's going on that week: I always add in a line telling them that I am there for them -Creation of a Facebook group as a way to publicize their own activities. -Writing thank you notes for my residents for attending my programs.

35: Agenda

36: 5. I made sure that resources are funneled my residents way, and they are aware of the different opportunities -Weekly email -Forwarding of opportunities I get as being a member of the Honors College, Women in Science and Engineering and the GPPA initiative -Sending a separate weekly email about various resources, such as UIC scholarships, research at UIC, etc. 6. Although I realize that all my residents are one community, I like making sure that I look at them as an individual, as well -Reflected on my sociogram -I had meals/activities with clusters or small number of residents -I made an effort to get everyone involved, but I realized different residents have different boundaries. -I don’t give my residents cookie cut answers,; I refer them to different campus organizations that I think would most beneficial to them, such as Honors College, Alternative Spring Break, GSC, NRHH and RHA. -Older students require a different approach - my approach was to gain their respect: and be more approachable. -For younger students: I tried to adopt a more "role model" persona. 7. Emphasis on freshmen/transfer students -I made sure the residents got acquainted with the floor, but if through further effort they seemed like they didn't mesh will with the community, I make the effort to get them acquainted with others in different communities. If they are resistant to my efforts, I make sure that they know I am someone they can always talk to and come to. -I tried to spend more time with them and check up with them more frequently

37: - | 8.I am committed to refining my leadership skills by participating in -WISE Mentoring -ISRAA 9. I have managed to develop goof time management skills. -4.0 GPA this semester, 3.96 GPA overall -Prioritize: with GoogleCalendar -Saying no to somethings, saying yes to the things that will benefit me. | LEADERSHIP -continued- | Scholarship email I sent my residents.

38: - | 8.I am committed to refining my leadership skills by participating in -WISE Mentoring -ISRAA 9. I have managed to develop goof time management skills. -4.0 GPA this semester, 3.96 GPA overall -Prioritize: with GoogleCalendar -Saying no to somethings, saying yes to the things that will benefit me. | LEADERSHIP -continued- | Scholarship email I sent my residents.

39: 5. I made sure that resources are funneled my residents way, and they are aware of the different opportunities -Weekly email -Forwarding of opportunities I get as being a member of the Honors College, Women in Science and Engineering and the GPPA initiative -Sending a separate weekly email about various resources, such as UIC scholarships, research at UIC, etc. 6. Although I realize that all my residents are one community, I like making sure that I look at them as an individual, as well -Reflected on my sociogram -I had meals/activities with clusters or small number of residents -I made an effort to get everyone involved, but I realized different residents have different boundaries. -I don’t give my residents cookie cut answers,; I refer them to different campus organizations that I think would most beneficial to them, such as Honors College, Alternative Spring Break, GSC, NRHH and RHA. -Older students require a different approach - my approach was to gain their respect: and be more approachable. -For younger students: I tried to adopt a more "role model" persona. 7. Emphasis on freshmen/transfer students -I made sure the residents got acquainted with the floor, but if through further effort they seemed like they didn't mesh will with the community, I make the effort to get them acquainted with others in different communities. If they are resistant to my efforts, I make sure that they know I am someone they can always talk to and come to. -I tried to spend more time with them and check up with them more frequently

40: -Have a set time for people to come to my room during the times that I have a lot of exams -Try to implement things learned in training not only in my role as a Resident Assistant, but throughout the rest of my life. -Have more post-it notes/thank you cards for doing actions that support Campus Housing's mission (attending programs, doing well in school). | Leadership: A Plan for the Future

41: -Having a less-biased view in regards to those residents who attend programs and those who do not -More availability in my room, instead of residents rooms -Accountability: making sure that I do not check-in late again for duty -Actively include FIRs in programs

42: Discuss how you would guide your staff to achieve their goals. A. I would praise a job well done -I think it's important to recognize how different staff members like to be praised. B. Be a good role model, give staff members insight on what worked for me and what didn't C. Genuinely listen/practice active listening. D. Attend their programs/ be supportive. E. Be approachable, have empathy and flexible in regards to the conditions. F. Empower them with resources that have helped them in the past. G. Psychological concepts: use the community psychology principles from the class that I'm taking. H. Through out the semester, I would ask them to self-evaluate themselves, and have them point out what their weaknesses and strengths were for a certain thing and then have them apply it to the their future endeavors I. Reassure them that working for housing is a transition and will take time to get used to. | Additional SRA Topics

43: Discuss how you would build community on your staff as a supervisor, or within an advisory role. -Apply the principles I have learned as being an RA A. Utilize social media: Facebook, email, b. Emphasize commonalities amongst different staff members passively in conversation, c. Casual programming for staff/cheap staff outings: staff late night, staff dinner talent show, etc. d. If two staff members have similar program ideas, suggest that they work on it together. e. Visuals:–posters/visuals in the SRA office which emphasize a common theme f. Utilize GroupMe (group texting). -Apply principles learned as being on exec board of other organizations A. Have different staff members with complementary strengths work on things together B. Have group 1:1s after staff meetings, or staff late night discussing what things have worked for them C. Be aware of cliques, and use them to promote community development. D. Recognize those who are doing a good job in front of a crowd and allow the staff to pick who is doing a good job

44: Agenda | Additional SRA Topics | Highlight the ways that you would or have established yourself as a leader among your peers. -Through effort: going the extra mile, whether it is with staff participation or sociogram. -Having a presence in Campus Housing – NRHH/RHA, -Utilizing interpersonal skills, making sure I get to know people individually and collectively. -Emulating behavior that I would want them to engage in -Involved in the UIC Community: Honors College, GPPA, publication organizations -Academic excellence.

45: Leadership | Describe your philosophy of supervision, advising and leadership. -Leading by actions and words -Being a role model and emulating behavior that is expected. -Actively encourage expectations, and actively define what expectations are before the -Live up to the same expectations you give. -Within boundaries, give unwavering support -Recognizing that there are different styles of leadership, attitudes, way people learn, different ways people are satisfied -No need to breathe down the necks of people, but convey to staff that they have your trust. -Have staff self-reflect and think about their own strengths and weaknesses,

46: "I can't imagine anything more worthwhile than doing what I most love. And they pay me for it." Edgar Winter

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