As a residential college, Pomona takes great care in organizing, maintaining, and supervising residence hall life to ensure optimum enjoyment and safety for the students and community of the College. The residence halls staff consists of resident advisors, head sponsors, residence hall programmers and the RHS intern. Together they assist in ensuring a quality residential program.
- Chris Waugh, dean of campus life, is responsible for the oversight of Campus Life programs. He is responsible for all residential programs. He is a member of the on-call staff and the Student Affairs Committee which sets policy for the campus. He is a member of the Vice President of Student Affairs leadership team and a co-advisor to the student-led Judiciary Council.
- Frank Bedoya, senior associate dean of campus Life and director of housing and operations, coordinates all aspects of housing, room assignments and key distribution. He works closely with our dining hall staff and the Food Committee of the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) with regard to the board plan. He advises the Advocates for Sexual Assault, a peer support group for survivors of sexual assault, and he serves as co-adviser to the Residence Hall Committee (RHC).
- Angela Grundy, associate dean of campus life and director of residential life, is responsible for oversight of the Residence Hall Staff (RHS), including the Sponsor Program, and many activities related to residential life on campus. This individual serves as co-adviser to the Residence Hall Committee (RHC).
- Andrew Castro, residence life coordinator, supports the RAs, assists with residence hall programming, coordinates logistics for orientation, and works closely with other student groups.
- Brigitte Washington, residence life coordinator also supports the RAs, assists with residence hall programming and works closely with other student groups.
- Kirk Bernal, residence life coordinator, supports the RAs, assists with residence hall programming and works closely with other student groups.
Resident advisors (RAs) at Pomona College are students who are salaried employees on the Student Affairs staff. Their goal is to assist in establishing a positive living environment in the residence halls. RAs serve as the first point of contact for the personal, educational, and social needs of hall residents. They are responsible for assisting with security, addressing emergencies, coordinating activities, working with Sponsors, counseling hall residents, working at one of the residence hall desks, and reporting damages and maintenance problems. RAs are charged with the enforcement of college policies.
Students are obliged to cooperate with the residence halls staff as they perform their duties. It is a serious offense to harass or intimidate an RA or to fail to comply with a request issued by an RA in the performance of their assigned responsibilities.
RAs are on call, generally, outside of regular business hours:
- Weekdays: Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m to 8 a.m. the following day (i.e., Tuesday from 5 p.m. until Wednesday at 8 a.m.)
- Weekends: Friday, 5 p.m., until Monday, 8 a.m.
Residence Hall Fellows
The Residence Hall Fellows are responsible for major programming in the residence halls. They develop creative plans for involving residents in important issues and educating them in order to better their quality of life. Additionally, the fellows serve as resident advisor alternates in the event an RA steps down during the year.
The RHS intern is a student staff member in the Office of Housing and Residence Life who focuses on administrative and developmental support for RHS. The intern assists the associate dean of residence life in staff training and development, supervises RA programming and organizes formal and informal gatherings for the RHS throughout the year.
One of the most significant experiences for first year students at Pomona is living in residence as part of a sponsor group. The Sponsor Program is a residential program through which all first-year students are housed with approximately 15 other first-years led by two or three sophomore sponsors. The sponsors live in the halls with their sponsors throughout the year, with the objective of easing the transition to college by creating a safe and welcoming living environment for all first-years and increasing first year interactions with older students.
The Sponsor Program is largely student-led, supervised by the associate dean of campus life. There are five head sponsors who help to select the sponsors, house the incoming class in their sponsor groups, and lead sponsor training. The sponsor groups are created based on similar interests and lifestyles indicated by the first-year housing forms. All incoming Pomona College first-years are automatically put into the Sponsor Program. Sponsors are prepared for this responsibility during a training program just before the school year which addresses issues of mental heath, safety, and adjustment to college.