Programming is a central part of the role of Community Advisors, and the Scales of Programming is designed to provide options for staff members to enrich the overall experience of their residents through active programming (hall events and workshops) and passive programming (bulletin boards, grab-and-go bags, traveling to other campus events) as well as area-wide social events.
Community Advisors are expected to develop programs for each of the eight Wellness Dimensions that are represented in the Scales of Programming: Emotional, Environmental, Intellectual, Interpersonal, Multicultural, Occupational,Physical, and Spiritual.
Each dimension has a defined set of learning goals and objectives that are meant to enhance the overall quality of the residential experience for each resident. CAs receive training on the model and on ways to assess student needs in their halls and then develop a program that both meets those needs and that fits into the Scales of Programming model.
- Membership - a sense of belonging and inclusion founded on respect, trust and accountability.
- Influence - that they as a student serve an importance and bring value to the floor/hall community that wouldn't be the same if they were not there
- Support/Resources - ongoing presence of the CA, connection to campus resources
- Shared emotional connection - a safe social space in which they are able to relate or connect with others (to a degree they feel comfortable)
This framework allows us to think more critically about how we go about building, maintaining and supporting our community throughout the ebbs and flows of life. It is founded on the interpersonal rapport and trust among the individual communities and is a framework meaning it should be tailored to fit the needs of an individual community.