NACURH Winner
Month: September 2017

NACURH, INC.

Resident Assistant of the Month

School: The Ohio State University Region: CAACURH
Nominee: Tomara Dorsey Nominator: Kyle Hovest

On-Campus Population: 15000 Chapter Size: 40

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

Black Girl Magic. Three strong, admirable words that describe Tomara Dorsey, Resident Advisor on the Seventh floor of Siebert Hall. Tomara is the definition of Black Girl Magic. In my short time working with Tomara in her RA capacity, I am consistently in awe of the hard work, intentionality, dedication, passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm she brings to her RA role as well as all other aspects of her career here at Ohio State. I am beyond honored to be able to nominate her for RA of the Month for the month of September.

In her first one on one with me as her supervisor, Tomara enthusiastically explained how she wanted to be the driven leader that she has always wanted to be since she applied for the role. She didn't want to be an RA that takes the easy route and does the bare minimum. I challenged her to push herself in areas where she was uncomfortable, try inventive ways to build community, and to really focus on balancing her life as she is involved in multiple facets. And thus far, Tomara has done just that. Tomara is not only an RA, but she is a Diversity Ambassador for the First Year Experience office, an executive board member of the Ladies of Leadership organization, and will soon be an NRHH inductee. Tomara is a natural born leader and is gracious enough to share her passion and talent in various organizations while still staying committed to her priorities and doing well academically. Not convinced that it is Black Girl Magic yet? I will continue!

Tomara had some concerns about her floor when she first met her residents. Tomara came from a very different background and was nervous that she would struggle connecting with her girls on the floor. However, that has not been the case. On move in day, Tomara greeted and spent time in the rooms of each resident and created a first and lasting impression that showed her residents that she was approachable and committed to their experience. For her first program, she hosted a simply community building program called "Girls Night In," where they would bake some treats, decorate them, listen to music, and build community. Programs on Friday night can be challenging due to people leaving for the weekend, wanting to go out on the town, or simply needing to relax. Tomara had roughly 35- 38 of her 32 girls show up to the program and stay for hours to get to know one another and make new friends. While this could have been a chance occasion, I have to believe Tomara had something to do with them wanting to be there. She is fun to hang out with, provides genuine support and care for her residents, and puts in hard work to dedicate her skills to them.

Tomara also created a bulletin board this month regarding diversity that educates residents on different types of hair and how hair plays a large part in identity. The bulletin board is eye-catching, interesting, and informative. The content is spot on and it serves the educational purpose it is supposed to serve. To continue her education, Tomara helped plan and execute a Powderpuff football game for the women who reside in Siebert. The event collected canned goods for a shelter in need here in Columbus.

Tomara also helped me one of the largest personal concerns I've gone through in my own life and I could never expect that from a staff member. Tomara is special. Tomara is authentic. Tomara is magic. Please help me recognize her with this award.

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Date of entry into database: 2017-10-02 21:10:09

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