One of the most important goals a Residence Life Professional Staff
Member should strive for is to ensure all residents and fellow staff
members feel welcome in the residence halls. Throughout March, there is
no staff member who challenged themselves to meet this goal as eagerly
as Becky Wilson. Becky consistently worked to ensure every person she
interacted with felt informed, included, and valued. Because of these
outstanding efforts, I hope you will join me in recognizing Becky as
Residence Life Professional Staff Member of the Month. |
Becky was incredibly welcoming as she attended two conferences during
the month of March to represent the University of Iowa and interview
potential new staff members. As a leader of the search for new
professionals, I know Becky has put an immense amount of time into
considering every detail of the process and making sure all the
candidates have the information they need. (Not to mention that she
shipped these informational materials all the way from Iowa City to Los
Angeles for one of the conferences!) Whether she was at a conference or
coordinating an on-campus interview, Becky worked hard to ensure
candidates felt informed and valued.
Becky has also worked to educate herself and take action in ways that
will make the University of Iowa an inclusive and welcoming environment
for all students. Near the end of February, some students began the
#DoesUIowaLoveMe campaign to share their stories about how the
University of Iowa has often made them feel that they do not belong
here. Becky was quick to amplify the voices of these students. In
addition to helping ensure these stories are heard, I know that
throughout March, Becky collaborated with others to think about action
steps that can be taken to help better serve all students.
Additionally, she volunteered to help ARH and NRHH facilitate our
annual “Hawks Don’t Hate” event, which is designed to help students
reflect on their identities and break down stereotypes.
As an Assistant Director, Becky does not work directly with many
students; however, Becky constantly makes sure that student staff
members and student leaders feel welcome and valued. Every week
throughout March, even when she was away at conferences, she sent an
email to the RAs filled with information to share with our residents.
Additionally, Becky stepped up to help facilitate the elections of the
new Executive Board for ARH.
And on top of all of these things, Becky reserves time for her personal
hobbies and is a good role model of self-care for other staff members
and students. For example, Becky has a goal of reading 55 books in
2019. She read 6 books in March alone! I admire that Becky can hold
herself accountable as she works toward her goal and makes time for a
hobby she enjoys. I also admire the fact that Becky uses this goal as
an opportunity to continue reading about social justice issues and
learning about how she can better support students.
Working with Becky Wilson constantly makes me feel welcome, valued, and
inspired. Her dedication to considering every detail and supporting
every person she works with allows her to achieve a level of excellence
that I hope to reach as a Student Affairs Professional. Throughout
March, Becky has gone above and beyond to welcome others, ensure
students and staff members feel included, and serve as a role model for
others who work in Residence Education. I am thankful to be able to
work with Becky Wilson, and I hope you will join me in recognizing her
as Residence Life Professional Staff Member of the Month.
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