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Residence Life: Staff

The Director of Residence Life, who reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs, oversees the Residence Life program at New Paltz. There is also an Associate Director of Residence Life and an Assistant Director of Residence Life with specific administrative duties related to the successful management of the residence halls and residence life program The Complex Director is primarily responsible for the overall operation of the individual residence hall.

Complex directors are full time professional staff members who live and work within the hall and provide assistance and guidance to students with social, academic and personal concerns. All complex directors possess a bachelor's degree and most hold a Master's degree. Each house (or wing) within each residence hall is overseen by a Resident Assistant, an upper class student who is a member of the residence life staff and who has received special training on a wide variety of issues related to living and learning within the residence hall community.

Within the FYI community, in addition to the resident assistant, you will find the Resident Mentor, an upper-class student who works closely with those students who are participating in the FYI program.

Each hall also has a Community Development Assistant, a student who works with the residents in that hall to create and implement activities that are beneficial, informative, and fun for the residence hall community.

Student Involement & Leadership:

Hall Government
Students who live in residence halls are citizens and members of a community and are urged to participate in hall government. All students have the right and responsibility of participating in self-governance, to elect officers, to plan and engage in residence hall programs, to establish and maintain regulations to provide conditions for personal social, and academic development and success.

photo of students working on a project together

The Residence Hall Student Association (RHSA) is a representative body that provides resident input into all phases of residence hall life. RHSA is the governance body that oversees, supports, and directs, the 13 individual hall governments. This is accomplished by providing a method whereby residents can work together to program activities, have a voice in university administration, and recommend changes in residence hall policy.

The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is the premiere honorary supported by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). NRHH strives to provide recognition for individuals who have contributed to the advancement of college and university housing. It ensures the advancement of member chapters through resource sharing, programming, and leadership development opportunities to contribute and support the vision of NACURH. The Phi Psi chapter of NRHH at New Paltz is comprised of the top 1% of student leaders who dedicate their time to creating community within residence halls instead of settling for “dorms.” The chapter strives to make a positive impact on the New Paltz campus through the four pillars of NRHH: leadership, service, recognition and scholastics.

Emerging Leaders
If you are a first-year student interested in meeting new people, learning about yourself and others, and gaining valuable experience, then this is the program for you! The Emerging Leaders Program is a fun and dynamic learning opportunity that will encourage you to explore an understanding of self, an understanding of others, and an understanding of what it means to be a productive community member. The program will introduce you to leadership and followership through hands-on activities, discussion groups, and self reflection.

Foundations of College Student Success (FYI course)
This course, specifically designed for students in the living-learning First-Year Initiative Program, focuses on four primary concepts. These concepts are: how students learn, how students think, how students interact, and how students advocate for themselves. Each of these concepts are centered around a new students way of understanding their own personal style for academic and social success in the college environment. For each of the concepts students will be presented with basic theory centered on student development in that area, meet with representatives from campus support offices, engage is small group discussion, and reflect through coursework and group projects.

Residence Life Staff:


Name Title
Corinna Caracci Director
Jennifer A. Slader Assistant Director
Rafael Calderon Coordinator for Housing Operations
Theresa Monroe Secretary I
Kathy Bernal Calculations Clerk 2