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22Resident Assistant Class Instructors GuideTable of ContentsOverview..3Week 1: Finding Your Why.....6Week 2: Introduction to Pace.......9Week 3: Self Awareness and Time Management..........11Week 4: Know Your Privilege...13Week 5: Mental Health Training...16Week 6: Wrap up...18Personal Shield Handout20Finding Your Why Handout..21Scavenger Hunt Clue Sheet...22Blank Time Table..23Time Management Scenarios.24Cross the Line Prompts..26General OverviewDuration: Five to seven 1.5-2 hour weekly sessions. Instructors will determine when their section of the class will take place. Journal prompts: 2-3 pages. Grading will be based off of the rubric in the syllabus.Instructors: Professional staff within the Housing and Residential Life Office determined before selection of the Resident Assistants.Session Selection: Once hired and they have accepted, the new RAs will sign up for a section of the RA class based on time slot. Once the section is filled to capacity, the section will be closed. If a student cannot make any of the open sections once a section is closed, they must meet with Vinn Randazzo to discuss options. Learning Outcomes for RA ClassUpon successful completion of the RA Class, students will be able to1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of a Resident Assistant at Pace University.2. Identify resources within Pace University and the community to better serve their residents and peers during presentations and guest speakers throughout the sessions.3. Develop knowledge on diversity, inclusion, and equity and how they play a role in development of community and interpersonal relationships through discussions on systematic oppression and privilege. 4. Display skills to respond and intervene with residents with mental difference in crisis and non-crisis situations through mental health training.5. Demonstrate their leadership philosophy they will use as a Resident Assistant through a final presentation at the end of the course.Theory Support for RA Class[footnoteRef:1] [1: Chickering, A.W., Reisser, L. (1993). Education and Identity (2nd ed.) San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ] Overall class structure: This class was developed based off of Chickerings Theory of Identity. All of the course topics aim to cover one or more of the identity development vectors listed in this theory. Most of the weeks will have a component of all seven vectors within the lesson; however they may have more emphasis on one or two vectors. Finding Your Why Vectors covered: developing purpose. Through engaging in discussions and activities, students will be able to articulate their why. This will highlight their purpose for becoming a resident assistant.Introduction to Res Life Vectors covered: developing competence. Students will be given information on resources within residence life, Pace University, and outside community. Self Care/Mentoring Vectors covered: managing emotions, moving through autonomy toward interdependence and developing mature interpersonal relationships. Students will complete reflective activities to detect burnout and high emotional states then develop techniques to relieve them. Know Your Privilege Vectors covered: developing competence establishing identity, developing mature interpersonal relationships, and developing integrity. The activities and discussion were developed based on a combination of Atkinson, Morten, and Sues Racial and Cultural Identity Development[footnoteRef:2] and Kohlbergs Theory of Moral Development[footnoteRef:3]. Atkinson, Morten, and Sue discuss a students progress through their identity development. Though it primarily focuses on racial identity, these stages can be applied to all identities. The stages include conformity, dissonance, resistance and immersion, introspection, and synergistic articulation and awareness. Students who are engaged in the weeks session should be in the introspection or synergistic articulation and awareness stage. Kohlberg discusses the development of a persons form or structure of thought of what is right or moral. This theory includes six stages: Hereronomous morality, individualistic/instrumental morality, interpersonally normative morality, social system morality, human rights/social welfare morality, and morality of universalizable, reversible, and perspective general ethical principles. After participating in discussions, engaged students should be in the social system or human rights/social welfare morality stage (some have the potential to be in the last stage, but this is based on identities and previous experience). [2: Atksinson, D.R., Morten, G., & Sue, D.W. (1998) Counseling American minorities. Boston: McGraw-Hill.] [3: Helms, J.E. (1990). Black and white racial identity: Theory research, and practice. New York: Greenwood Press.] Mental Health Vectors covered: developing competence, managing emotions, moving through autonomy toward interdependence, developing mature interpersonal relationships, and developing integrity. Students will participate in a brief mental health training including discussions on trends, reviewing statistics nationwide and campus wide, and participating in role playing scenarios. Wrap Up Vectors covered: developing competence. The final week is reserved for any final questions about the course or resident assistant position. Prior to first class: Instructor(s) send an email to their students welcoming them to the RA class. The email should include class time, class location, other students in the class, small introduction of themselves, class syllabus, and prompt for journal due the first class. Students will also make name placards to bring to class. On the placards, students should write their preferred name and decorate it with items or pictures which represent themselves. Instructors should also create a placard.Journal prompt for week 1: Introduce yourself. This week is very open to how you want to introduce yourself. Some questions you can answer to help: What are you passionate about? What is one thing you would like your instructor(s) to know about you? Why do you want to be an RA?Links for weekly presentationWeek 1 2 3 4 5 6 1: Finding Your WhyLearning OutcomesAfter completion of this session, engaged students will be able to1. Create their why statement after viewing the Ted Talk and participating in the Finding Your Why activity. 2. Differentiate between a good and bad mentorship through the discussion on mentor characteristics.Technology needs:-Computer-Internet access-ProjectorSetting expectations for the class Time needed: 15-20 minutesMaterials needed: -Pieces of paper with different animal names -Butcher paper-one for each group and one for instructor -MarkersInstructor(s) explains the students will draw a piece of paper to split into groups. The students are not to say the name on the paper out loud. Students will draw a piece of paper from instructor with an animal name. Instead, the students will make the animal noise to locate the other members of their group. Hand out the butcher paper and markers to the groups when formed. Once in the group, the students will develop expectations they have of the RA class, other students in the class, themselves, and the instructor(s). Allow the students 5 minutes to develop the expectations. After the groups have developed their expectations, place a blank butcher paper at the front of class. The students will then use the expectations from all groups to develop the class expectations of the RA class, each other, themselves, and instructor(s)* The students and instructor(s) will sign the paper in agreement to pursue these expectations.***Instructor(s) have the right to veto any expectations they deem inappropriate or unrealistic (i.e. We expect everyone in the class to be best friends and hang out all the time)**Paper should be present at each RA classPersonal ShieldsMaterials Needed:-One shield worksheet per student (attached in Appendix A)Students will split the shield into six sections and number each of the sections. The students will fill in the sections with the following items:Section 1: All about you. Name, hometown, major, etcSection 2: Important places. Where do you like to go? Where did you spend your best three days this past year?Section 3: Important dates. What is your favorite date? A date you look the most forward to?Section 4: Important people. Who brings joy to your life? Who has left a positive impact on your life?Section 5: Positive characteristics. What makes you unique? What is one aspect you love about yourself?Section 6: Three items you possess that you cherish.Discussion questions1. What are your reactions to the makeup of your shield?2. Is there a common theme throughout your sections? Explain?3. What do you think the things you drew on your shield say about the person you are or are trying to be?Play Simon Sineks Start with Why Ted Talk Discussion Questions: 1. What inspires your why?2. Is your why statement reflected in your life? Where? How?Finding Your WhyMaterials Needed:-Finding your why circle worksheet Start by having the students reflect on why they applied for the Resident Assistant position and why they do what they do (roughly 2-3 minutes). Then have them write their why in the inner circle. In the middle circle, students will write how they plan to accomplish their why (some examples would be programming, building community, or other RA duties). In the outer circle, students will write what they are doing (this will most likely be the RA position). Encourage the student to place this worksheet in a visible place to be reminded frequently why they are doing this position.MentoringThe dictionary defines a mentor as an experienced and trusted advisor. Mentoring is an important component of the RA position; whether you are mentoring your residents or each other. Discussion Questions:1. How do you define mentoring?2. What makes a good mentor?3. What makes a bad mentor?4. How will you take those experiences with mentors to develop your own mentoring style?Last 5-10 minutes discuss the journal prompt and clear up any questions.Journal entry for week 2: What has your experience been during your time at Pace University? Do you know what office you would go to talk about financial issues? Stress? Class schedule issues? Week 2: Introduction to Pace: Res Life 101Learning OutcomesAt the end of this session, engaged students will be able to1. Locate university and local resources to aid them in successful student interventions after receiving resource handout and participating in the resource scavenger hunt.2. Articulate university and department culture after engaging in discussion on Pace culture.Technology needs:-Computer-Internet access-ProjectorDiscussionCulture at Pace University1. Residence lifea. What has been your involvement in Residence Life at Pace so far?b. What are your first impressions?c. What questions do you have of Res Life?2. Studenta. What culture have you noticed or helped develop during your time in Pace?b. What culture might you hope to cultivate during your time as a Resident Assistant?3. From Resident to Resident Assistanta. Discussion point: What do you think the difference will be between being a resident and a Resident Assistant?b. Student first mentality-you are here to be a student, then a student leader. Remember you must maintain 2.75 GPA (semester and cumulative) and remain in good academic standing.c. Finding the balance between being their friend and being friendly.i. Have a discussion with your residents about your rules and expectations-develop expectations with the whole floor during the first floor meetingii. Easier to start off strict and ease up than starting off relaxed and trying to become stricter.d. Living in a fishbowl- you are representing OHRL at all times.e. Know your triggers and what your resources are when you are triggered.Pace Resource Scavenger HuntTime needed: 60 minutesMaterials needed:-Clue Handout-Candy for the winning teamThe class will be split into two groups. Students will be given the clue handout where they will figure out resources around the community and Pace University. The groups can earn points for picture creativity and number of resources discovered: two points for each correct resource. When they solve the clue, they will need to find the office and take a picture of the office. At least one group member must be in the picture. Groups can earn one point for each additional group member in the picture. Students must return to the classroom before time expires. Late groups will receive a five point deduction. The pictures should be tweeted with the hashtags listed on the clue handout.Once the groups are back, pull up Twitter to review the photos and tally up the points. After a winner has been declared, discuss any questions the students may have about the resources.Last 5-10 minutes discuss the journal prompt and clear up any questions.Journal prompt for week 3: When someone asks who are you? how do you respond? Name a compassionate way youve supported someone recently. How can you do that for yourself? What is one topic you need to learn more about to help you live a more fulfilling life?Week 3: Self AwarenessLearning OutcomesAt the end of the session, engaged students will be able to1. Differentiate between academic, social, and job responsibilities and rank them accordingly in priority after completing the time management table exercise.2. Recognize their personal self, values, and beliefs through a reflection on the journal entry and self awareness discussion.3. Identify strategies to recognize and stop burnout during the discussion of self care as a Resident Assistant.Technology needs:-Computer-Internet access-ProjectorSpeed InterviewingTime needed: 20-30 minutesDivide the students into two even groups. The students will then form two lines, facing each other. Students will have 30 seconds each to tell the other who they are and other information they wish to share. In their last pairs, the students will introduce their partner and one interesting fact about their partner. Time Management[footnoteRef:4] [4: Adapted from the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining Community Assistant Seminar at Indiana University of Pennsylvania] Students will receive a blank time table which they will fill out with various time commitments.Time commitments to add:1. Physiological needs-sleeping, eating, etc 2. Academic commitments-class schedule, study time, paper writing time, labs, tutoring, performances, etc3. Social commitments-clubs, organizations, socializing with friends4. RA duties-duty nights, other duties??5. SURPRISE! Pick two surprise RA scenarios and add them to your schedule. One of each.Discussion questions: 1. What did you remove or rearrange to fit in the surprise scenarios?2. Why did you choose that?3. If you had more surprises, how would you compensate? 4. How will you balance your RA position, academics, social life, and self care?Self CareSelf care is extremely important in residence life, especially being a student leader. When an RA dedicates a substantial amount of time to their position and neglects other aspects of life (social life, academics, self care) they may experience burn out. Burn out can occur at a high rate among residence life staff.Maslows Hierarchy of Needs talks about Discussion:1. What does self care look like to you?2. What are some of your signs that you are close to burning out?3. How do you plan on combating burnout?Last 5-10 minutes discuss the journal prompt and clear up any questions.Journal prompt for week 4: Privilege is defined as a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people (Webster Dictionary definition). In order for a group to be privileged, there needs to be groups who are oppressed. These groups face unjust treatment or control based on their identities. Discuss the areas in which you are privileged. What do those identities mean in society, your relationships and you personally? Have you had to think about these privileges before writing this? How?Week 4: Know Your PrivilegeLearning OutcomesAfter completing this session, engaged students will be able to 1. Define systematic oppression and privilege through interacting in dialogue throughout the session.2. Recognize the space their identities occupy after engaging in identity discussion. Technology needs:-Computer-Internet access-ProjectorThis weeks session will be primarily based on discussion. This is an outline of sections from the presentation for the instructor to refer if the conversation is slow or students are unable to think of talking points. Safer space rules: One Person, One Mic: No interrupting. One person will speak at a time Agreeing as a group to be respectful of each others feelings, and our own, and to be respectful of all cultures, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, class backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives when speaking. Speaking in I statements: Dont tell others what to do or think as if it is a command. Instead, describe your own experience. Agreeing to challenge people who make hurtful comments. Guaranteeing a safe space: agreeing not to repeat personal things people say during a group meeting to others. Recognizing our own and others privilege: When entering a space and speaking, being aware of privilege based on race, age, experience, sex, gender, abilities, class, etc. Step up and step back: If we usually dont talk much, we will challenge ourselves to speak more. If we find ourselves talking more than others, we will speak less.Discussion Question: What is privilege? Understand PrivilegeMaterials needed:-One blank piece of paper for each student-Waste basketStudents are given a blank piece of paper. The students will then crumple up the piece of paper. Place the waste basket at the front of the room. Then stagger the students throughout the room (some being close to the front while others are in the back). Explain to the students they each represent a different country. They all have an opportunity to become upper class with endless resources if they can get their crumpled paper into the waste basket. The students are not permitted to move and must attempt to get the paper in from where they were placed. This is how privilege works. There is the narrative that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything; this is also known as the pulling yourself up by the bootstraps narrative. However, people, based on their identities, are placed in certain positions (similar to how you were in this activity) which makes it easier or harder to achieve these goals. Those who are in the front often can only see the work they are doing and attribute their success solely on the work and nothing else. This leads to the privileged to believing the reason for the oppressed identities failure on their lack of hard work. Those who are placed in the back see the advantage the other groups get and try often to voice these injustices but are often seen as selfish or trying to further themselves. Discussion questions:1. What did it feel like being in the positions you were in?2. In your position, did you think about anyone elses position? How?Cross the lineMaterial needed:-Tape (should be used to make a line in the middle of the room)Students will line up on one side of the tape line. Inform the student they do not have to cross the line for any prompt with an identity they do not wish to share with the group. Honest participation is encouraged. Trigger warning: some of the prompts may trigger an emotional response in some of the students. Remind everyone of the different experiences of everyone in the room and to be respectful of the emotional responses. It is encouraged to have the counseling centers information readily available for students who want to talk about their experience.Discussion questions:1. Did any of these questions cause you to think of your identities?2. Did you find yourself making judgments of others?3. How did the movement of others influence you?4. After this activity, how can you make your actions more welcoming?What is an Identity?Visible: 1. Race2. Sex3. Body type4. Ability5. AgeInvisible1. Sexual Orientation2. Gender Identity3. Ethnicity4. Language5. Religion 6. Class7. Ability8. Mental Ability9. Medical HealthIntersectionality is the combination of a persons entire identity which results in their unique lived experience. Though two people may share one identity, they will have different experiences due to the makeup of their other identities. Discussion questions:1. What does it mean to take up space?2. What space do you take up?3. How can you make the space you take up more welcoming and inclusive? 4. How does this affect you as an RA?Last 5-10 minutes discuss the journal prompt and clear up any questions.Journal prompt for week 5: Currently in the United States, mental health is being discussed more than ever before. This has lead to more college students talking about these issues and developing help seeking behaviors. As a resident assistant, you may see mental health within you community. How do you define mental health? What does mental health mean to you? What does it mean to our community we are trying to create? Week 5: Mental Health WorkshopLearning OutcomesUpon completion of this session, engaged students will be able to1. Identify signs and symptoms of mental health in students after reviewing the presentation.2. Indicate the current trends in mental health at Pace University after discussing recent research from the Counseling Center.Technology needs:-Computer-Internet access-ProjectorAdditional Materials: -Invite a counseling center staff member to come discuss current trends in mental health at Pace University-The Counseling Center pamphlet (enough for each student in the class)Good Times/Bad TimesTime needed: 10-15 minutesStudents will pair off. One partner will tell a story of something negative that happened to them. This can be personal or work related which happened recently or years ago, but it must be something that is over. The same person will tell the story again, this time focusing on the positives that came from the experience. The listening partner can help explore positives of the story if asked. The pairs will then switch and the other partner will share their story. Myths vs FactsInstructor should reveal a myth to the students. Ask the students why they think it is a myth and what is the truth.Myth: Having mental illness means you are weak.Fact: Mental illness isnt something that goes away if you try hard enough. Your personality or ability to handle your feelings does not cause mental illness. Once they find something that helps, most people live healthy, full lives.Myth: People with mental illness are violent and dangerousFact: The majority of the violence in the world is committed by those who do not have mental health concerns. A person with mental illness is more likely to be the one hurt or bullied by someone without mental illness.Myth: Only a doctor can help someone with mental illness.Fact: Though counselors and doctors should focus on professional care, anyone can help someone with their journey with mental illness. Not using language such as crazy, mental, psycho, or loony is an easy step. Another thing you can do is educate yourself and others on the truth of mental health. If you hear something that isnt true, speak up and explain what is true.Myth: Mental illness is uncommon.Fact: 1 in every 5 Americans will have a diagnosable mental disorder within their lifetimes. Common Stressors/Mental Health Problems at Pace1. Cover the top issues mentioned on the slide2. Discussion question: Have you seen any of these issues during your time here? How was it handled?Res Life Policy/Counseling Services1. Briefly cover the protocol for resident assistants handling mental health cases2. Counseling center representative comes in to discuss services and different programs they are working on and potential collaborationRole Play ScenariosFor the remainder of the class, students will split into pairs or small groups. They will take turns acting out and confronting mental health scenarios (located at the end of the packet).Instructor should walk around the class to observe and assist in the scenarios if needed.Last 5-10 minutes discuss the journal prompt and clear up any questions.Journal prompt for week 6: A leadership philosophy describes who and what influences the way you lead. This could be previous mentors or supervisors, identities, life experiences, or relationships. Take a moment to reflect how these different areas of your life influence the way you interact with others and your leadership style. Based on this reflection, describe your leadership philosophy. How will you use those identities and relationships to lead others?Week 6: Wrap upLearning OutcomesUpon completion of this session, engaged students will be able to1. Summarize the resident assistant class through wrap up discussion.2. Establish a basic understanding of the resident assistant position through discussion.3. Clarify lingering questions of the course and position through the wrap up activity.This is My LifeTime needed: 25-30 minutesMaterials: One deck of cardsEach student will choose one card from the deck. Whichever number they select is the story or experience they share with the group.2- What is one way you like to de-stress?3- What is your favorite way to connect with your peers?4- What is your favorite place to eat around campus?5- What have you learned during your time at Pace?6-Describe a memorable experience with someone in Res Life (RA, RD, Desk Assistant, etc).7- What was your favorite week of class and why?8-What are some challenges you think you may face in the resident assistant position?9- What aspect of the RA position makes your apprehensive?10- Share something you learned from someone in the class.J- Share a time you were challenged in this class.Q- What is something you wish you had done different in the class?K- Share something you appreciate about the class in general.A- What aspect of the RA position are you excited for?Wrap UpTime: 45-60 minutesMaterials needed: -note cards (enough for each student)Students will write questions they still have of the topics covered, class, or RA position in general. A minimum of one question should be asked by each student. There is no maximum for questions asked, but there should only be one question per note card. Once all students have written down questions, the note cards will be collected. If not already, the students will arrange themselves in a circle facing each other. The instructor(s) will mix up the cards. One person volunteers to draw the first card. This person will read the question out loud and answer the question. Once the person has answered, the group has an opportunity to discuss the question or add on to the answer. The student is encouraged to attempt an answer even if they do not think they know the answer. This continues until all the cards are read and answered. Personal Shield HandoutFinding Your Why Handout[footnoteRef:5] [5: Adapted from Simon Sineks How Great Leaders Inspire Action Ted Talk. Sept 2009.] Scavenger Hunt Clue SheetThis place can be considered the home base for resident assistants and resident directors. Our fearless leaders often take camp here. #HomeBaseCrafting material galore can be found in this place. Create door decs, bulletin boards, and advertisements here. Did I hear you say you wanted more glitter on that bulletin board?! #CraftHouseThe people who work here are always ready with open doors and a shoulder to lean on. They offer many services here like group and individual sessions for a better you. #TheyCareThey are all about the money and making sure you have enough for the academic year. FAFSA doesnt scare them! #DollaDollaBillThis has been around since 1904 helping New Yorkers get from one borough to the next. It might not always be running how we wish it would, but it still gets us where we need, eventually. #TransportationSmile for the camera! They will help you get in and out of the buildings and other important things. But dont lose what they give you, it wouldnt be fun to replace it. #GetYourCardFive of these buildings hold many of our sleepy Pace students. You must find at least one, but I challenge you to find all five! #PaceLivingComputer not working? Cant connect to the internet? Basically any tech question? No problem! The people at these place can help you! #TheyFixITTime Management Surprise Scenarios[footnoteRef:6] [6: Original source Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining at Indiana University of Pennsylvania] Additional Weekly Activity CardsWednesday Night Hall Program2 hoursMonday night you residents are watching a movie, you watch it with them.2 hoursTraining committee meeting on Monday2 hoursMonday night hall program2 hoursThursday night studio art project2 hoursStudio art project Wednesday night2 hoursMonday club meeting1 hourUp all night with a resident, you need to take a nap on Wednesday2 hoursThursday night your residents are watching a movie, you join in and watch with them2 hoursRD calls and needs to talk to you about a resident on Thursday1 hourTuesday night emergency floor meeting1 hourMonday you have an extra team practice2 hoursMonday night study group2 hoursFriday night emergency floor meeting1 hourSaturday night surprise date 2 hoursRD calls and needs to talk to you about a resident on Wednesday1 hourReligious Service2 hoursThursday you have an extra team practice2 hoursTuesday club meeting 1 hourTuesday night study group2 hoursFriday the fitness center is busy and it takes and extra hour to work out2 hoursUp all night with a resident, you need to take a nap on Tuesday2 hoursReligious service2 hoursTraining committee meeting on Friday2 hoursFriday night surprise date2 hoursTuesday the fitness center is busy and it takes an extra hour to work out2 hoursCrisis SituationsWednesday night you lose your keys and I-card2 hoursShower alarm at 9 pm on Wednesday1 hourYour Co is sick and you take over duty for them on Wednesday night7pm-midnight11 pm Thursday night and a paper is due tomorrow, your computer crashes and there is a resident knocking at your door2 hoursFire alarm at 11 pm on Sunday1 hourMaintenance emergency on Wednesday1 hourFamily crisis at 7 pm on Wednesday1 hourMaintenance emergency on Thursday1 hourProfessor reminded you that you have a research paper due on Friday you havent started the research and writing3 hoursOfficer Jack from UP calls to follow-up on an incident1 hourFire alarm at 1 am on Friday1 hourShower alarm at 10 pm on Thursday1 hourParent calls on Tuesday night, they are upset and you cannot calm them down1 hourFamily crisis at 7 pm on Thursday1 hourYour Co is sick on Monday night and you take over duty for them 7pm-midnightParent calls on Thursday night they are upset and you cannot calm them down1 hourYou go to the bathroom to find a lot of vandalism that has occurred in the bathroom.1 hourYour sister calls at Midnight on Wednesday, she is upset because her boyfriend just broke up with her1 hourYou are on your away to a study group and across a passed out resident on the floor in the hallway.1 hourProfessor announces that there will be a test on Friday, you havent started studying3 hoursTuesday night you lose your keys and ID2 hoursBulletin Board is due at midnight and you forgot about it.4 hours11 pm the night before a paper is due and your computer crashes, and a resident is knocking at your door2 hoursYou walk past a room and notice alcohol in the room and need to handle the incident2 hoursCross the Line Prompts[footnoteRef:7] [7: Adapted from the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute] Cross the line if you have visited another country prefer day to night have never flown own your own car have been in love have had a positive experience with someone in residence life have had a negative experience with someone in residence life do not identify with a religion do not have off of school for your religions holidays feel you know little about your cultural heritage describe your family as blue collar or working class describe your family as middle class describe your family as upper class are an undeclared major have ever gone to bed hungry are the oldest child are the middle child are the youngest child are an only child have one person you can always trust or rely on sometimes have low self confidence have ever felt lonely have ever had to fight to prove you are tough has experienced harassment or discrimination has felt unsafe on campus do not see people who share your identity often or in positive roles in the tv shows or movies have ever been in the foster care system are adopted have parents who are divorced have had one or more parent pass away have anyone in your family who is in the LGBTQ community has never had the talk with someone in their family has experienced the effects of alcoholism in their family has experienced the effects of substance abuse in their family has had a friend or relative attempt or commit suicide has known someone who is a survivor of abuse have not crossed the line yet


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