Housing and Residence Updates and News 

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By Kira Wood, Correspondent 

Photo Credits: Mansidak Singh 

While February is known as Black History Month, the only month with twenty-eight days, or Valentine’s and Presidents Day, at ERAU, it is also acclaimed as the beginning of operation “avoiding being homeless”.  

The frenzy officially started on Feb. 9, 2022, when the housing applications went live for the current freshmen/rising sophomores. The living halls available to all returning students are the Mingus Mountain Suites, Village Apartments and Suites, and the Thumb Butte Apartments (T1). The applications opened for the remainder of returning students February 12 and closed February 22. By Feb. 23, students who filled out the application successfully will be notified of their “lottery number/selection date” or if they are placed on the waitlist. Online Roommate selections will be from Feb. 23 to Feb. 28. Resident hall and room selections will start March 1, with seniors getting “better” room selections than juniors and so on. 

This semester, Housing and Residence is introducing a new accommodation called Gender Inclusive Housing. This alternative allows students to live with other students regardless of gender identity. According to Justin Munz, the Assistant Director of Housing Operations, the goal of Gender Inclusive Housing is to “support the creation of inclusive environments in residence halls by enacting practices consistent with enhancing the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.” It is not intended for students in a romantic relationship to live together.  

Gender Inclusive Housing is only available to upperclassmen students who select this option on their housing application, but incoming freshmen will be encouraged to contact Housing and Residence via email (prhouse@erau.edu) to discuss possible living arrangements if interested. 

The housing applications for the Fall 2022/Spring 2023 semester were not the only Housing and Residence applications offered in February. The applications to be a Residential Assistant (RA) were also available until Feb. 14, 2022. The minimum requirements to be an RA are: have at least sophomore standing by the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, be enrolled in 12–18 credits, and have lived on-campus for at least two semesters. 

Dawson Brindle, a junior studying Aerospace Engineering and a Resident Assistant for T1, has been an RA since his sophomore year. He elaborates that the benefits of being an RA is that “it is a genuine way to meet new people and make a difference in a resident’s life. We get to plan and host events to bring our communities together and make a lasting impression on our residents. Being an RA allows you to have room and board free of cost, which is a great way to help with college expenses.” Not only is being an RA a great way to network with other students on campus, it is also an opportunity to develop strong connections with other RAs. Residential Assistants get to attend a retreat at the beginning of the semester for staff bonding. Pictured is Dawson Brindle at the 2021 RA retreat. In addition, RAs assist with freshmen orientation.  

In addition, Housing and Residence is planning on updating its application portals for the Summer 2022 terms. According to the new SGA Housing Representative, Natalie Castillo, she is working with HRL to create a room swap section for current on-campus students which will hopefully be implemented for the Fall 2022 semester. She is also collaborating with the Students Veterans Organization SGA Representative, Vincent Becerra, on creating a veteran section on the housing portal for the Summer 2022 semesters. 

The best way to survive the housing hunt is to start early and be open to all options. Whether you are living on or off campus, the process of roommate shopping makes February the second most stressful time of the year and really puts your social skills and friendships to the test. 

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