NACURH Winner
Month: May 2017

NACURH, INC.

Resident Assistant of the Month

School: University of California, San Diego Region: PACURH
Nominee: Trinity Webster Nominator: Kiana Tom

On-Campus Population: 10700 Chapter Size: 47

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

RA Trinity Webster never ceases to amaze me and the rest of staff at Sixth College Residential Life at the University of California, San Diego. During the month of May, Trinity put on several programs including the one titled “It Takes Balls to Knit”. This program occurred throughout the duration of the 2016-2017 academic year, and residents joined in to knit beanies in order to donate them later. The beanies were made in different colors and sizes to include children and babies. In this particular month, Trinity helped to decide all these beanies would be donated to San Diego Rescue Mission, the local shelter in San Diego for people in need.

She also collaborated with two other RAs to present the “Reptile Super Show” which included a 12 foot albino python, tarantulas, scorpions, dragon lizards, bearded dragons, hognose snakes, blue-tongue skinks, turtles and tortoises. Not many other college residents can say that they had a reptile show put on by their residential life staff! It was a great destresser (for some people), and it was at this event that Trinity discovered her love for reptiles!

She also planned a very unique program called “Organ Donation and Education”. One of the RAs posted in our RA group message stating that there were a group of pharmacy students from the University of California San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy who are a part of this organization called “Donate Life”. The pharmacy students were reaching out because they wanted to educate others about the organ donation process and how one person can help many lives. From the initial message, RA Trinity utilized her resources and jumped on board to plan a program surrounding that topic. Trinity is a 2nd year Physiology and Neuroscience major at UCSD and knew that this program would be of interest to many pre-medical students.

During the first portion of the event, the pharmacy students discussed becoming a donor, who qualifies as a donor, and how it can help save lives. They also discussed the immunology and therapeutics that are pertinent to the process. A person who was saved due to a donor came to speak about her experience and it was so impactful to hear that she was able to have more time with her children after her successful transplant. After this portion, the pharmacy students pulled out a cow heart, pig heart, pig liver and pig kidney that students were able to hold. UCSD is a school that is geared strongly toward medicine and touching the organs piqued the interest of all the students in attendance. It was a very unique experience for all those in attendance.

In addition to this program, Trinity joined the committee that planned the final meeting of the academic year. At this meeting, Trinity volunteered to decorate the event and work on posters. Trinity is such an outstanding committee member and staff member because she’s always willing to volunteer. She was also really helpful in dreaming up creative ideas to welcome the incoming staff in an impactful way.

In preparation for this program, RA Justin was in the process of creating a video to introduce the new hires to Sixth College. The RA who intended on acting bailed, but Trinity stepped in and play a major role in the production. This video and the passdown meeting marks the beginning of an experience that is hopefully very transformational.

For her unique programs and ideas, as well as her willingness to go above and beyond to save our staff, I believe Trinity deserves to be RA of the month for May!

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Date of entry into database: 2017-06-08 00:11:56

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