Over 650 regular staff and hundreds of part-time student positions sustain the facilities, services, and programs that support the University's residential communities. We hope you'll join the Housing team!

Application Essay Questions

The following essay questions will be included on various applications. We ask that you address each tenet in 250 words or less.

ALL RESIDENT ADVISOR POSITIONS

Q1. As a ResStaff member, your role is to build inclusive connections at a large multifaceted university to support resident needs, such as their academic and social development.
Give an example of your experience building community and fostering (or finding) a sense of belonging among your peers. How has your experience prepared you to build community among residents?

Q2. As a ResStaff member, you will be asked to address conflicts using restorative practices both proactively, through building relationships and setting expectations, and reactively, by helping residents identify and repair harm.
Give an example of a time you addressed concerns and/or engaged in conflict. How would you apply this experience to the ResStaff position when addressing concerns/conflict amongst residents while maintaining relationships?

Q3. As a ResStaff member, you will be required to build an inclusive community for residents with diverse personal and social identities, disciplines, and backgrounds.
Give an example of how you have intentionally built relationships with people who have different social identities, disciplines, or backgrounds than you. What skills did you utilize in your relationship building process? How would you transfer those skills to the ResStaff position in order to build an inclusive community?

If you are interested in the Theme RA and/or MLC RA positions, you will also need to complete essay the appropriate essay questions listed below.

THEME RESIDENT ADVISOR (Theme RA)

If you are interested in being a Theme RA, please briefly describe the unique needs of each Theme Community you’re interested in. What would you do as an Resident Advisor to address those specific needs? 

MICHIGAN LEARNING COMMUNITY RESIDENT ADVISOR (MLC RA)

If you are interested in a Michigan Learning Community (MLC), please briefly describe the unique needs of the MLC and what you would do as a Resident Advisor to address those needs.


Community Center Assistant

Q1. Through assisting residents, family members, and professional staff, CCAs help create an inclusive and supportive environment. What experience do you have providing assistance, support, or customer service? Please share specific examples.

Q2. Describe a time where you worked with others in a group environment, what role did you play and what did you learn from that experience?

Q3. Describe a time when you had to balance competing priorities and how you manage them.


DIVERSITY PEER EDUCATOR

Q1. What aspects of the DPE position attract you the most and what do you hope to learn from the position?

Q2. As a DPE, how would you foster and support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community?

Q3. In what ways would you help residents build a community where they feel a sense of belonging?


Martha Cook House Board Advisor

Q1. As a House Board Advisor, your role is to build inclusive connections at a large multifaceted university to support resident needs, such as their academic and social development.

Give an example of your experience building community and fostering (or finding) a sense of belonging among your peers. How has your experience prepared you to build community among residents?

Q2. As a House Board Advisor, you will be using restorative practices both proactively, through building relationships and setting expectations, and reactively, by addressing any concerns that may arise.

Give an example of a time you had to build new relationships and set and maintain expectations. How would you apply this experience to the House Board Advisor position when addressing the needs and goals of a House Board?

Q3. As a House Board Advisor, you will be required to build an inclusive community for residents with diverse personal and social identities, disciplines, and backgrounds.

Give an example of how you have intentionally built relationships with people who have different social identities, disciplines, or backgrounds than you. What skills did you utilize in your relationship building process and how would you transfer those skills to the House Board Advisor position in order to build an inclusive community?


Transdisciplinary Fellows

Q1. Please talk about a specific way you have been engaged in transdisciplinary work and share an idea you have for transdisciplinary programming in the community in which you are applying to work.

Q2. As a Transdisciplinary Fellow, you will be required to create and support programming for residents. Talk about a time you supported a program or event. What was your role? What were the challenges? What did you learn from the experience that you would apply to the Transdisciplinary Fellows position?

Q3. As a Transdisciplinary Fellow, you will be required to create and support programming that helps residents relate across personal differences. Talk about the specific techniques you will use to foster diverse interactions within programming. How will you ensure your programming ideas are inclusive?