The residence halls are staffed by students and professionals who strive to ensure that the buildings are a safe, secure, inclusive, artistically inspiring, and engaging place which reflects the academic mission of the institute and encourages the personal growth and academic success of its residents. Although each staff member has his or her own set of responsibilities and duties, this common goal is the motivation for all of their work. Below are brief descriptions of the staff members that work in Sutter and Abby Halls.
Resident Advisors (RAs) are full-time SFAI students who live and work in the residence halls. They undergo in-depth training in community development, programming, and safety and are charged with creating a healthy, supportive, and inclusive community in Sutter and Abby Halls. To accomplish this goal, the RA team puts together social and educational programs, mediates roommate conflicts, responds to emergencies, and enforces housing policy. They conduct regular meetings to keep residents informed and to address community concerns. They remain visible and available in the halls and spend time getting to know each of their residents on a personal level. Because of this, they are often able to detect and address personal and community issues in their early stages.
Front Desk Assistants
Our front desks are staffed 24 hours a day throughout the academic year. Between the hours of 8 am and midnight, the desk is covered by a team of student staff members. Between the hours of midnight and 8 am, the desk is staffed by professional security guards. The front desk assistants are primarily responsible for maintaining safety and security, assisting residents who are locked out of their rooms, sorting mail and distributing packages, and checking out equipment (such as vacuum cleaners, pots and pans, and recreational equipment). The front desk assistants are often the first faces you see when you get home from a long day, and they are always available if you need assistance.
The Resident Director is a professional SFAI staff member who lives in the residence halls and is responsible for the overall operation of the buildings, the community-building efforts of the Resident Advisors, and the organization and staffing of the front desks. The Resident Director trains and supervises all residence hall student staff members, addresses resident and parent concerns, upholds community standards and policies, and ensures the safety and security of the building.
The Housing Coordinator is a professional staff member who assists theResidence Director with the administrative aspects of running the residence hall. The primary responsibilities include overseeing the housing application process and coordinating facilities issues. The Housing Coordinator also advises the Hall Council and oversees the Abby Hall West Wall Gallery.
Assistant Dean of Students
The Assistant Dean of Students is a member of the Student Affairs staff and oversees SFAI’s Housing and Residential Life program. This person oversees the overall management and mission of the Housing and Residential Life program, provides support to hall staff, and is available as a resource for residents.