The Residence Life Department employs around 15 professional staff members in various capacities, from deans to directors to department assistants. While our jobs differ, our hearts are unified in our desire to promote student learning and faith formation for all Calvin students who call campus housing their home. To meet us, as well as others whose work connects with living communities on campus, visit the Residence Hall Leadership or Calvin Apartment Leadership pages, or see our “Contact us” page.

Residence Hall Student Leadership

Student leaders provide a wonderful vitality to the Residence Life program at Calvin College, from residence halls to our apartment community. Explore the variety of positions here and find what you need when the time comes to apply. Student leaders make community happen!

  • Residence hall leadership

    Each residence hall has a Community Life Council (CLC) made up of Resident Assistants (RAs), Multicultural Activities Coordinators (MACs), Community Partner Coordinators (CPCs), Sustainability Coordinators (SC), the Barnabas team, Cultural Discerners (CDs) and the Residence Hall Executive Team (RHET). Each floor also has a Social Events Team (SET) to facilitate community relationships and develop a floor identity. For more information on these and other positions, see our Residence Hall Leadership page.

    Together, the CLC encourages Christian community through educational programs, mentoring and positive relationships. All of our endeavors support our hope that residents will grow in understanding personal responsibility, purpose & congruence, compassion, just relationships and discipline.

  • Calvin apartment leadership

    Our apartment communities also rely on dedicated student leaders, including Resident Assistants (RAs), Programming Activity Coordinators (PAC team) and others. See our Knollcrest East Leadership page for full information.

Community Life Council

The Community Life Council (CLC), facilitated by the Resident Director, is composed of Resident Assistants, the Barnabas team, Cultural Discerners (CDs), Multicultural Activities Coordinators (MACs), Community Partnership Coordinators (CPCs), Residence Hall Executive Team (RHET). CLCs exist to embody the “ta panta” concept: that all of our work is interconnected and directed at the goal of student learning and growth towards discipleship in God’s all-encompassing kingdom. The CLC model puts a high value on community and partnership. All of this happens to better support God's redemptive work on earth and the overall mission of Calvin College.

  • Resident Assistants

    The Resident Assistants (RAs) are students who live on each floor. They are well acquainted with the facilities and services at Calvin and are trained to help residents navigate college life and assist with challenges that may arise. Each one has demonstrated a desire to share their knowledge and experience with others in order to encourage them in their personal and spiritual growth. RAs are responsible for enforcing policies in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to studying and Christian community.

    Read the full position description.

  • Social Events Team

    Social Events Teams (SET) are composed of a small group of first- and second-year students and the floor RA. The team plans floor outings and activities with the purpose of building relationships and developing a floor identity. Participating in the SET can be an excellent way to get involved with hall leadership and positively impact your community.

    Read the full position description.

  • Residence Hall Executive Team (all-hall events)

    The Residence Hall Executive Team is made up of a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and publicity coordinator. The team is selected in the spring and serves their hall the following academic year to implement community-building events for the hall. Examples of RHET programs:

    • September – Chaos Day
    • September/October – community retreat (collaborative effort with CLC)
    • October – hay ride/square dance
    • February – Siblings Weekend
    • April – hall banquet
    Position descriptions
  • Barnabas

    Campus Ministries hires a volunteer staff of Barnabas members who are responsible for providing weekly community worship and empowering small groups for Bible study, prayer, accountability and/or a book study.

    Read the full position description.

  • Multicultural Activities Coordinators

    The International Student Development hires volunteer staffs of MACs to engage residential communities in the areas of cultural engagement. Empowered by their Student Development mentor, MACs serve as liaisons between campus-wide programs (UnLearn week, Rangeela, International Treasure) and residential communities.

    Read the full position description.

  • Cultural Discerners

    The Student Activities Office hires volunteer CDs to engage residential communities in the areas of cultural discernment. Empowered by their Student Development mentor, CDs serve as liaisons between campus-wide programs (movies, concerts, etc.) and residential communities. CDs also facilitate discussion around popular culture: movies, concerts and new albums.

    Read the full position description.

  • Community Partnership Coordinators

    The Service Learning Center hires volunteer staffs of CPCs. These students have committed to organizing residence hall service-learning partnerships with community organizations. Each residence hall has a unique partnership, ranging from tutoring to daycare to ESL to afterschool programs to playing games with those with special needs.

    Read the full position description.

  • Academic Help Ambassadors

    Student Academic Services hires a volunteer staff of Academic Help Ambassadors to help students practice academic faithfulness, achieve academic success and maximize their learning. In order to accomplish this, AHAs serve as a resource to students to direct them to academic offices, help them with time management and study skills, and work to create an environment where study is valued.

  • Sustainability Coordinators

    Residence Life hires a volunteer staff of Sustainability Coordinators to promote creation care in the halls. SCs attend SC meetings, assist with the planning of Mad Farmer Food Fest and Kill-a-watt, support campus events related to sustainability and encourage sustainable lifestyle practices.

    Read the full positiond description.