Leadership and Development Opportunities
One of the most valuable aspects of living on campus is the opportunity to develop as a person and grow your skills, beyond the traditional learning environment.
Living on campus gives you the chance to develop the more mundane, though fundamentally important life skills such as:
- Learning to cook and even share recipes with new friends
- Washing up after yourself and maintaining shared facilities
- Doing your own laundry and ironing
- Tidying your room
- Learning to live independently and thrive
At Monash Residential Services you have access to a number of volunteer leadership and development opportunities, and we encourage you to get involved – from our Residential Support Team in the form of volunteer Resident Advisors to Hall Societies, Orientation Teams and Residents' Committee.
Volunteer Resident Advisor (RA)
Volunteer Resident Advisors are a group of engaged 'returning residents' who have been selected and trained as designated student leaders. RAs are there to help all fellow residents get the most out of their on-campus experience.
If you're an exceptional student, a good communicator and enjoy being the go-to person for information and advice, becoming an RA is one of the best ways to develop your own leadership skills and make a positive contribution to the community.
By applying for the RA program you have the chance to:
- Receive extensive training
- Receive scholarship opportunities
- Become a leader in the community
To find out more about what we expect from our RAs, the challenges, rewards and learning opportunities, speak to your Residential Support Team Officers, or learn how you can apply to be a volunteer Resident Advisor.
RAs have the opportunity to represent their hall and their residents at the following central engagement and planning committees:
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The Diversity & Inclusion Committee develops, implements and promotes peer-led programs that encourage and support equality and inclusion. The committee also advises on appropriate ways to deal with equity issues.
The Environment Committee is committed to promoting and implementing a variety of environment and sustainability initiatives such as waste-free dining, low-waste swaps, tree planting days, Earth Hour and taking care of community gardens in each residence. Environmental representatives are also involved in educating our community about recycling, composting, water and energy-saving behaviours.
Gender Equality Committee
The Gender Equality Committee coordinates and implement Respectful Communities events and initiatives. They support the fostering of an inclusive and equitable community at MRS and Monash.
Sport & Wellbeing Committee
The Sport & Wellbeing Committee is committed to promoting and organising our intercollegiate sports activities. Each residence has their own ‘Sports RA’ as well as two central RAs.
The Monash Residential Services (MRS) Residents' Committee strives to develop, promote and deliver residential programs that benefit the wider MRS community. Comprising representatives from all Residential Communities (including volunteer Resident Advisors and members of the residential social committee), ‘Res Comm’ as it is known not only advocates for Residents to MRS Senior Management, and the wider university, it is also responsible for organising fantastic community events including:
- The annual MRS Ball
- Live Below the Line, 'Shave for a Cure', and other fundraising events
- The MRS Vampire Shield (blood donations through the Australian Red Cross)
- Support and promotion for huge on-campus events like the Beach and Snow parties (the lovely Res Comm provide food, and non-alcoholic drinks to attendees)
Most residences on campus establish a Hall Society each year whose objectives are to give the residents a voice and opportunity to engage in the hall through the facilitation of student lead events. Those elected play an important role in representing student ideas at the central MRS Residents' Committee and can provide an alternative and potential early entrance leadership track for residents living on campus.
Formal Training Opportunities
If a resident becomes part of a social committee, hall society or Residential Support Team they may be eligible to access a range of training options including:
Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training has been a core aspect of the MRS development experience since 2010.
It's a fantastic, award-winning program.
This workshop helps participants learn how to:
- Help people in the early stages of mental health problems
- Recognise the signs and symptoms of these problems
- Know where and how to get help
- Understand what types of help are effective
Learn more about the Mental Health First Aid Training offered at Monash University
Academic & Leadership Dinners
Three times a year, we invite nominated residents to our Academic and Leadership dinners. Hosted by keynote speakers who have achieved outstanding success in their chosen field, it's a rare opportunity to get a first-hand insight into the skills and qualities it takes to become a great leader.
Some of our keynote speakers in recent years include: