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, and the sponsors. Together they assist in ensuring a quality residential program.
Residence Life Staff
- Christopher 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 and serves as co-adviser to the Residence Hall Committee (RHC). He is a member of the on-call deans staff.
- Steven Jubert, 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. He serves as co-adviser to the Residence Hall Committee (RHC). He is a member of the on-call deans staff.
- Andrew Castro, residence life coordinator for Walker, Clark-III, Clark-V, Smiley and Oldenborg halls. He supports the RA's, adjudicates student conduct, and assists with residence hall programming in his buildings. He manages the Housing and Residence Life office operations, and is a member of the on-call deans staff.
- Carmen Brown, residence life coordinator for Harwood and Wig halls, and Lyon Court. She supports the RAs and Head Sponsors/Sponsors, adjudicates student conduct and assists with residence hall programming in her buildings. She is the lead planner for the RHS programming model, and is a member of the on-call deans staff.
- Marco Valenzuela, residence life coordinator for Sontag, Dialynas, Norton-Clark, and Clark-I halls, and Lawry Court. He supports the RAs, adjudicates student conduct and assists with residence hall programming in his buildings. He is the lead planner for the RHS Training, and is a member of the on-call deans staff.
- Jess Nickerson, residence life coordinator for Mudd-Blaisdell and Gibson halls. She supports the RAs and Head Sponsors/Sponsors, adjudicates student conduct and assists with residence hall programming in her buildings. She is the lead planner for the RHS Selection process, and is a member of the on-call deans staff.
The goal of the Residential Advisor (RA) 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, 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.
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 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 supervised by the residence life coordinators of the first-year halls. There are three head sponsors who help to select the sponsors, assist in housing and placement of the incoming class in their sponsor groups, and assist with 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.