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Housing and Residence Life offers a variety of opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills, gain valuable work experience, and become role models for other students – all while facilitating Tulane’s Residential Curriculum.

Resident Advisor (RA)

Resident Advisors are live-in student staff members who serve as role models and facilitate activities and programs in the residence halls. RAs are vital to building a strong residence hall community, upholding Community Living Standards, holding residents accountable, and managing student concerns and crises. 

Desk Services Coordinator (DSC)

Desk Services Coordinators serve as the first point of contact for visitors to the residence halls. The role of the DSC is to provide excellent customer service and to facilitate the administrative work of the desk, such as handling keys and conducting check-ins and checkouts.

Senior Desk Services Coordinator (SDSC)

Senior Desk Services Coordinators work with the overall maintenance of a residential area's front desk. SDSCs assist the Resident Director with front desk operations, including management of the DSC work schedule, monitoring room keys, and ensuring the upkeep of all operations documentation.

Facilities Assistant (FA)

Facilities Assistants work to maintain and improve living conditions in the residence halls. FAs may be asked to move furniture, respond to resident facilities requests, and perform inventory and database upkeep.

Office Assistant (OA)

Office Assistants serve as the first point of contact for visitors to the main Housing and Residence Life office in Irby Hall. The role of the OA is to provide excellent customer service, to provide administrative support to the central office staff, and to assist in office projects and initiatives.

Summer Assistants (SA)

Summer Assistants provide customer service to summer conference guests staying in the residence halls. SAs will perform a variety of functions including preparing residence halls for guest arrival and facilitating check-ins and check-outs for guests.

Senior Summer Assistants (SSA)

Senior Summer Assistants work with the Conference Services Manager to organize and communicate conference desk schedules and duty schedule to student staff.  SSAs are on call for assigned summer conferences and orientation sessions to assist with any issues that may arise. 

Residence Hall Association (RHA) and Community Government (CG)

All students that live on-campus are considered members of the Residence Hall Association. RHA exists to serve the needs of residents through advocacy and programming as well as work closely with HRL leaders to promote a great residential experience for students. Each residence hall has a Community Government. The CG provides different programming opportunities for residents. They also play an important role in setting the tone in each residence hall by planning social activities and educational programs. You will receive more information about your specific community government when you move in, or you can contact your area's Resident Director.

National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH): Magnolia Chapter at Tulane University

NRHH is a national honorary dedicated to promoting academic excellence, service, and recognition in the on-campus community. NRHH celebrates contributions to the community through Of The Month (OTM) awards and engages community members through service opportunities and thoughtful programming. Interested students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA and have lived in an on-campus community for at least one semester in order to qualify for membership. NRHH is highly selective, limiting our membership to only 1% of on-campus residents. Feel free to reach out with any questions to nrhh.magnolia@tulane.edu.