Resident Assistants (RAs) from Mount St. Mary’s College traveled recently to the annual Central RAP conference in San Luis Obispo, Calif., taking home awards in the annual event that brings together RAs from 15 colleges across the state.
“Central RAP was a great opportunity,” says Dalia Maldonado ’16. “We were able to hear ideas, experiences, and advice from other RAs, and I learned a lot from them. Being in a room with a diverse group of leaders helped me to learn and grow as an RA and as a student leader.”
In addition to learning and sharing best practices, students from each school competed in a variety of categories, including spirit, philanthropy, special programs and student-made videos. The Mount’s video submission came in third among all schools. And two of the College’s programs received special recognition as well.
MSMC students Monika Wasshausen and Crystal-Haro Sanchez created “Life in Perspective,” a real-world program focusing on raising awareness and speaking out against prejudices. The program won the Central RAP’s Excellent Diversity Awareness Award.
And MSMC student Karen Gonzalez-Tapia’s presentation on how to budget and save money as a college student earned her a Top 10 Award. Other MSMC programs focused on sustainable living and leadership exercises.
“We are very proud of our student and professional staff for representing Mount St. Mary’s College so well,” says Jessica Cuevas, director of Residence Life at the Mount. “A special thank-you to Chinako Belanger and Emilou Reyes who did an amazing job as role models and motivators for our student staff the day of the conference!”
In addition to Mount St. Mary’s, participating schools in the Central RAP included the University of Southern California, UCLA, Cal Poly, Loyola Marymount, Occidental, Cal Lutheran, UC Santa Barbara and many schools in the California State University system.
“It was my first time at Central RAP this year, and it was an amazing experience,” says Rebecca Hinojosa ’16. “I loved getting to know people from all different schools. It was so cool learning about other RA staff and what they do at their schools. I would love to go back next year.”