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LEAD 141 – Student Development and Leadership

Time: 5:40- 7:30 pm
Location: ​Harrill MPR
Instructor: ​Taylor Dodge & Suzanne Rose

Purpose of Course:
The Department of Residential Living has developed a Student Development and Leadership class for first semester
Resident Assistants. As part of the Student Affairs’ mission, this course is designed to create educated, ethically and
morally responsible, fully functioning leaders who can contribute to the residence halls, to the local community, and
to the global society.
● Course Textbook : Foubert, John D​., Lessons Learned : How to avoid the Biggest Mistakes Made By College
​ ​ Edition
Residents Assistant. 2nd

RA Class Learning Outcomes, Readings, Assignments
Week Class Topic Assignment Due
Jan 23 Introductions “From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces”
Ice Breaker article (ONLY pages 138-149)
Perception Vs Reality
Syllabus Review
Class expectations
Jan 30 Building Community Reading Assignment:​ Parts 1 & 2 (​Pages 7
Learning Outcomes: and Building an ​ –36 & 37-60)
● Participants will learn the Inclusive Community
characteristics of a positive and In Class Activity:
healthy community. Ice Breaker
● Participants will learn strategies to Social Identity Wheel
build and maintain an all-inclusive
community. Summary reflection due before each class
● We will talk about community via email
standards and making a community
plan for your hall.
Feb 6 Things that compromise Reading Assignment:​ Part 6 (​Pages 153 –
Learning Outcomes: ​ role
your 190)
● Participants will learn common
challenges facing their credibility in In Class Activity​:
their RA role. Ice Breaker
● Participants will learn basic ethical SSIs Discussion
decision making strategies in their RA Summary reflection due before each class
role. via email

Feb 13 Safety and Security; Reading Assignment:​ Parts 4 & 7 (​Pages
Learning Outcomes: ​
Policy Enforcement 95 – 124 & 191– 208)
● Participants will understand the basics In Class Activity:
of emergency/crisis response and Ice Breaker
procedures. SCRT or Bias Report Review (using BCDs
​Summary reflection due before each class
via email
Feb 20 Helping Students with Reading Assignment:​ Part 5 (​Pages 125 –
Learning Outcomes: ​ Psychological 152)
● Participants will develop Difficulties
listening/helping skills and learn to In Class Activity:
utilize observation. Ice Breaker
● Participants will learn how to identify
Summary reflection due before each class
signs that someone is in distress.
via email

Feb 27 Resident Support Reading Assignment:​ Part 3 (​Pages 61 –
Learning Outcomes: ​ 94)
● Participants will learn about campus
In Class Activity: Quiz
resources for resident support and
Ice Breaker
understand referral processes.
Blank Roster
● Participants will be able to understand
​Summary reflection due before each class
varying student needs and identify
via email
appropriate campus resources.

Mar 13 The Job that we do In Class Activity:
Learning Outcomes: Ice Breaker
● Participant will be able to articulate Discussion on things you’ve encountered
how they make a difference in their in your job as an RA so far and how you
role. have had to enforce university and
● Participants will understand the departmental policies.
impact of their position. Summary reflection due before each class
● Participants will gain an via email
understanding of university policies.
● Participants will learn to enforce
policies while being able to articulate
the university’s process and provide
rationale behind policies.
Mar 20 What did we learn In Class Activity:
Learning Outcomes: Ice Breaker
● Participants will be able to synthesize Discuss what we learned in class
their classroom experiences to be able The impact of your job as an RA
to apply it to real life situations they How you make a difference
face in their position. Summary reflection due before each class
via email

Final Exam See Exam Schedule. Sociogram

Class Assignments and Dates are Subject to Change

Class Participation/Readings/Weekly Journals (40 points)
o This class is based on group interaction and sharing. Students are expected to read the assigned text prior
to the beginning of class. They are also expected to participate actively in the discussions in class.
o If you do not attend class, you will not receive points for class participation (regardless of it being excused
or not). If you do not participate in class, you will not receive points for class participation.
o You may receive up to ​5 pts per class​. These points are given at the discretion of the instructor(s).
Blank Roster Quiz (20 points)
o Resident Assistants will receive a blank roster of their floor and they must fill in the blanks with the
following: first and last name, major, and where they student is from.

Socio-Gram Presentation (40 points) Final
o You will develop a visual representation of your floor and the residents who live on it. You will highlight
such things as: who are friends on the floor, where do they hangout, who are they (athletes, band,
dancers etc.) and what does community look like on your floor?

Late Assignments will have a ​full grade deduction for every day an assignment is late​. A graded assignment of “A”
will become a “B” and so forth. Please hand in your assignments in a timely manner. Failure to do so can easily bring
down your grade. If you ask for an extension, it will be determined on a case by case basis. Extensions must be asked
for prior to the day the assignment is due.

Assignment / Grade Percentage Grading Scale:
Class Participation 40 points A 90 to 100 points
Roster Quiz 20 points B 80 to 89 points
Sociogram (Final) 40 points C 70 to 79 points
Total 100points D 65 to 69 points
F 64 points or Below

You are allowed to miss up to one class, provided you have a reasonable excuse. Reasonable excuses include:
● Clear evidence that you are too ill or otherwise indisposed to benefit from being in class and will be a risk or
distraction to others; Note: The Health Center does not provide excuses for illness.
● Documented evidence of your required appearance in a court of law; personal or family emergency requiring
your presence away from campus; participation in an approved university activity
● Other circumstances as approved, preferably prior to the absence.
● You must request in writing that each absence be excused before the next regular class period. Your written
excuse must be presented as soon as possible after the absence occurs. It is up to the instructors to grant
excuses, so make sure you communicate any absences with them.

Attendance affects your final grade as follows, regardless of your performance on course assignments​:
● If you have more than one excused absences you cannot earn a final grade higher than a C
● If more than three excused absences, your instructors may assign a grade of F
● If you have ANY absences that are not excused, you can receive a grade of F

Keep in mind that if you miss class, you are responsible for the material addressed during that class session and for
submitting assignments due during that session.

As a Resident Assistant it is expected that you attain a minimum of a C in this class. Failure to do this will result in

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:
Western Carolina University is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for students with documented disabilities.
Students who require disability services or reasonable accommodations must identify themselves as having a disability and provide
current diagnostic documentation to Disability Services. All information is confidential. Please contact Ms. Wesley Satterwhite for
more information. Phone: (828) 227-3886.