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!

Undergraduate ResStaff Class ALA 421: Creating Inclusive Communities

Goals and Purpose

ResStaff at Michigan work with residents to build, develop, and nurture a supportive and stimulating multicultural community. This course will provide you with the foundations, both intellectual and social, to work toward this goal using readings, large group presentations, classroom exercises, and practical experiences.

The information you will take away from this course will be with you for the rest of your life; no matter what work you do or where you live. The following five areas highlight the emphasis of the class:

  • Identity development
  • Building inclusive communities
  • The role of power and privilege in intergroup relations
  • Being an ally for all residents
  • Facilitating one on one interactions, group dynamics, and community-building

All candidates who accept an RA or DPE position are required to take the class. In addition, some alternates will be provided an opportunity to enroll in ALA 421. ALA 421 is only available to students who have been selected for ResStaff or invited to take the class as an alternate. 


The class will occur concurrently with the ResStaff position during the second 7-weeks of the Winter 2022 semester. When available, more information will be shared directly with all those selected for a position and updated on this website.


In order to retain your status as a ResStaff member or as an alternate, you must successfully complete the class.

If you have questions regarding the class, please email hsg-ALA421Coordinators@umich.edu.