Category Archives: RAPs

Now that’s a wRAP!

So you had this incredible time watching your students
delibrate over what color tutus they would wear and how they
plotted to get you to wear one too.

You might have come back with no voice (most certainly your
students did) and many got up at the wee hours of the morning to begin a journey to Occidental College or Sonoma State University to what would become (for some) a day that solidified why they chose the leadership roles that they did.

If this rings a bell, then you were one of the 877 who attended Central and Northern RAP! To all our first timers we say “welcome to the family” and to those (like us) who are one your 4th, 5th or 6th we remain conituously honored for your support of this one-day conference.

Below we have provided you with quick look at our RAPs by the numbers:

Central RAP Northen RAP
Attendees 402 475
Particpating Institutions 18 22
Program Submissions 83 82

*Southern RAP has not yet occurred and that is why their numbers are not in this article.

If your delegation had a great expereince and you want to take on the challenge and joy of hosting a RAP – NOW IS THE TIME!

Here are some things to consider when thinking about hosting:

  1. Do you have support from your department leadership?
  2. Do you have a venue on campus that could hold 350-400+ people?
  3. Do you have enough classroom space to keep session size small? Is there technology in these spaces?
  4. Do you have space for parking that can be reserved?
  5. Can your dining facility cater this type of large event at a minimum price point?
  6. Do you have enough staff to volunteer on the day of the conference?

If you answered yes to any or all of these, then you should start discussing your interest to host with your departmental leadership team. If you are remotly interested please don’t hesittate to contact your Member-at-Large.

Chad Myers, Member-at-Large, Central myers@oxy.edu
Tiffany Taylor, Member-at-Large, North tiffany.taylor@csueastbay.edu
Jeff Hill, Member-at-Large, South j1hill@ucsd.edu

SRAP

Southern RAP offers great opportunities to interact, engage, and share programming ideas and experiences for student leaders. SRAP will engage students in a variety of engaging workshops, fun activities, peer networking opportunities, and a track for professionals.

Southern RAP will be held at California State University, Fullerton on February 7th, 2015. The deadline to register is January 26th, 2015. The cost of attendance for WACUHO Members: ​$30/person; Non-Members: ​$35/person. Colleges that register will need to send forward a 1.5 minute Roll Call “Movie Trailer” video and 24/36in “Movie Poster” to southernrap@gmail.com.

This year our philanthropy project will support the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. “The mission of Orangewood Children’s Foundation is to provide life-changing prevention and intervention programs for abused and neglected children, young adults and at risk families through one-on-one support and community partnerships to end the cycle of child abuse. The center, located in Santa Ana, CA is a temporary home to children who have been removed from their caregivers due to unsafe conditions. There is a constant need for food and supplies. You can help!

For more information about SRAP, please visit our site: http://wacuho.org/srap/

We look forward to seeing you there!

RAPs – Save The Dates

RAP season is just around the corner and the committees are working hard to get them ready.

Here are the dates and locations of the RAPs this year:

Northern RAP – Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Sonoma State University
Central RAP – Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Occidental College
Southern RAP – Saturday, February 7, 2015 California State University, Fullerton

Stay tuned for more information.

Nothern wRAP up

Northern RAP 2013: Road Trip to California State University Chico took place on October 26, 2013. We had more than 415 attendees from 22 institutions hit the road bringing with them a lot of spirit and swag to show off their school pride. The conference focused on the different routes we take along our Res Life journey and overall was a great success.

The morning started off with our student keynote, Anna Guiles from Mills College giving an inspiring speech about her journey to become an RA. NRAP also had 65 program presentations to engage our para-professional staff and a professional track that allowed staff attendees to connect with other professionals in our region.

Our attendees also gave back to the Chico community. It took three trucks, one van, and 8 staff members from CSU Chico to deliver the bags of clothing donated to the Independent Living Program.

Spirit was also at an all time high. Delegations came in creative “road trip” inspired costumes and brought lively cheers to show off their spirit. Congratulations to University of San Francisco for bringing home the spirit stick!

The NRAP committee strived to make our conference more “green”. We limited conference swag we gave out to our attendees and also rewarded institutions with spirit points for creating swag from recycled or repurposed materials. One of our biggest changes was to utilize Guidebook instead of printing 400+ program booklets for the conference.

A huge thank you to our host institution CSU Chico for their support and dedication to Northern RAP. We can’t wait to see where NRAP will be next year. Email nrap@wacuho.org if you are interested in hosting NRAP 2014.

Sincerely,
The Northern RAP Committee

Central wRAP Up

Central RAPThe 2013 Central RAP conference is now in the books and the weekend was a great success. On November 9, 2013, over 300 attendees made the trip to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, who graciously hosted the conference this year. Our theme was the Hunger Games: Catching Fire and on that Saturday the campus was set ablaze by the rapid sharing of ideas and experiences amongst para-professional and professional staff members from 15 different institutions in the Central California region. To open the conference, we had the pleasure of listening to Adam Serafin from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo deliver a keynote presentation and during our closing ceremonies, we were honored to have two student keynotes, Chris Bombara and Milo Alfarero from CSU Channel Islands, give an inspiring speech.

Each school in attendance brought plenty of swag and spirit to share with others. In total, the attendees donated 1833 canned goods that were given to the SLO food bank for this year’s philanthropy. There were so many creative costumes and lively cheers throughout the day, but in the end, no school could match California Lutheran University, who brought the spirit stick back to their campus this year. When students weren’t cheering, they were attending some of the 39 programs offered at Central RAP as well as taking in the picturesque campus on tours of the residence halls and other parts of campus. Students connected with old friends and made new ones and at the end of the day they left inspired, educated and with the hope that the residents be ever in their favor!

Sincerely,

The Central RAP Committee

EDA Updates – RAPs and Affirmative Action statement

RAP season has come to a close and those of us on the EDA Committee couldn’t be more pleased with how prominently equity and diversity issues were featured at each conference. Close to 100 brave students presented on diversity and social justice topics in a total of 45 excellent programs, each of which we were privileged to recognize before the regional delegations. This year we also issued an award to the Top EDA-Related Program at each RAP, as determined by attendee evaluations. We are encouraged by our students’ evident interest in improving the status quo in the region.

In other EDA news, we are currently working on a revision of the WACUHO Affirmative Action statement. As we continue to become aware of ever more identity groups, it is important for us to not just recognize them, but to embrace and celebrate them in our region: That is our vision for the revised statement, which we look forward to sharing with you someday soon. Keep an eye out for it.

Southern wRAP up

SRAP“SRAP Arcade: Powering Up to the Next Level of Leadership” took place on November 2, 2013 at Cal Poly Pomona. The conference focused on recognizing and appreciating geek and nerd culture with the hopes of encouraging student leaders to develop more inclusive communities. Overall, SRAP was a huge success with 360 student leaders and 43 professional staff members from 14 institutions attending. A very special thanks to Cal Poly Pomona for their dedication and amazing support with Southern RAP.

The day started off with a keynote speech from Emily Sandoval, Assistant Director for the Office for Residential Education at USC. Sandoval has a passion for combining geekdom with higher education and residential life, and inspired attendees to focus on their powers.

SRAP 2013 saw many quality programs, with a total of 36 active programs and 55 passive programs. Additionally, SRAP hosted a professional’s track that allowed advisors to learn and network while their delegations were partaking in other components of the conference.

It was a very close race for all the different awards, with each and every institutions putting their very best into SRAP. Congratulations to all the 2013 Award Winners:

Institutional Spirit Award/Spirit Stick: University of La Verne

Philanthropy Award: Cal Poly Pomona

Best Video: Chapman University

Best Nametag: University of California, Irvine

Top Program: Fear Factor by: Leilani Schelstrate, Megan Garcia, Jennifer Ramirez, & Garrett Gibson from Cal Poly Pomona

One of the major changes to SRAP 2013 was the “Choose Your Adventure” session. As a committee, we reviewed feedback from previous SRAPs, and noticed a lack of enthusiasm for roundtables. To solve this, we thought of a fun way to keep students engaged in the conference and keep the energy high. With the help of the host institution, we moved forward with “Choose Your Adventure” which was a way to share the resources of Cal Poly Pomona while encouraging students to network with one another. This session consisted of the Games Room which had several pool tables, ping pong, air hockey, 5 X-boxes, and, of course, an ARCADE! All free of cost to the attendees. But wait, there’s more! “Choose Your Adventure” also allowed students to select between activities that included: a campus tour, tea in the rose garden and a chance to interact with Cal Poly’s famous Arabian Horses. The students had a fantastic time interacting with other delegations while enjoying these activities.

The most heartwarming part of the SRAP Arcade was our journey to provide the donations to our philanthropy of choice; The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Pomona Valley. When we arrived, a student asked “Are you selling all this?”, which we happily responded, “No, this is all for you!” The look on this child’s face was priceless. This truly reminds us of why we do what we do. In total the combined delegations donated 3,985 items and $1,400 to the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley. This really took SRAP to the NEXT LEVEL! (pun intended)

Overall, SRAP Arcade provided students with the EXP to get them to the next stage. We hoped to recharge their battery and max out their creativity stat. They worked on co-op missions throughout the day to beat their top scores. Wii came to the realization that in this call of duty we should not brawl or melee, but transform together into true league of legends.

Thank you and game on!

Sincerely,

The SRAP Committee