Leadership in the Jesuit Tradition may be defined as the following: Leadership is an overflow of spirit that inspires and influences others to join together to achieve worthy purposes.

We aspire that all members of our Rockhurst community be encouraged and supported to fully grow and mature as individuals and leaders. Our desire is to call each of our students to achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand your uniqueness. Develop your capabilities, your values, and your worldview.
  • Develop life-long skills in self-examination focused on aligning actions with core values and personal goals.
  • Motivate yourself and others to recognize and pursue worthy aims.
  • Confidently innovate and adapt to lead with integrity in a changing world.
  • Through service to others, learn to engage others with a positive, loving attitude.

At Rockhurst University, leader development is the unifying force of Rockhurst's educational mission. Our mandate is to “achieve national recognition for leader formation through integrative learning experiences that prepare the student for life-long transformational service."

Leadership Positions

Many opportunities are available to students who have the desire to enhance their leadership skills and experiences. One of those ways is to apply to be an orientation leader, PEERS coordinator, resident assistant and social mentor.  This process begins in early December and applications are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.  Interviews will be held the weeks following and students will be notified shortly thereafter regarding the selection process.

Student Leader Application Checklist -

In order to be considered for a student leader position as an orientation leader,  PEERS coordinator, resident assistant, and/or social mentor you must complete the three step process, have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and not be on disciplinary probation level 1 or 2. A students application is complete when:
1.  Complete the online application.
2.  Sign up for an interview for EACH position for which you are applying.  Once your online application is complete you will receive an email with links to sign up for interviews for each position. If you are applying for more than one position, you will have more than one interview.
          * Click here to select an interview time for the position of Orientation Leader
          * Click here to select an interview time for the position of Resident Assistant (R.A.)
          * Click here to select an interview time for the position of Social Mentor
          * Candidates PEERS Coordinators will be contacted by email regarding an interview time.
3.  Complete the FERPA waiver. (PDF) You may either select "all records" or please select academic transcript and student conduct records.  Once printed and signed, turn it into Massman 1, Student Development.  **NOTE that the form says to turn it into the Registrar we will do that for you, please turn it into Massman 1.

Complete ALL steps by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.


Orientation leader contact Angie Carr Robinett, director of student life
PEERS Coordinator, contact Riley O'Dell, assistant director of student life
Resident assistants contact Emily Kempf, assistant director of residence life
Social mentors should contact Ashley Halter, success coach

A description of each position is below.

Orientation Leader

Orientation Leaders help implement the orientation program by leading a group of new students through the new student orientation process and new students first few days on campus. All current RU students are eligible to apply. Leaders participate in training programs to prepare them for small group leadership, educate them on RU facts and incoming student questions, as well as provide them with an understanding of effective group facilitation. Orientation is a four-day, three night on-campus program that introduces the new students to academic life, spirit and traditions and allows the opportunity to meet other incoming students, faculty, staff, and student leaders. Students who have a passion and love for RU, want to make a difference to incoming students, are energetic, positive and willing to learn would be great candidates for orientation leader positions. 

PEERS Coordinators

PEERS stands for Positively Educating Each Rockhurst Student and the purpose of PEERS is to promote healthy lifestyles and educate students on important topics including but not limited to healthy eating, exercise, alcohol and other drug education, sexual violence prevention, and other needs the students see as important topics. Two coordinators will be selected .  Students who have a passion for the aforementioned topics, are organized, have excellent communication skills and great follow through would be great candidates for these leadership positions.

Resident Assistant

Resident Assistants (RAs) live on each Residence hall floor and work with other Residence hall and University staff to foster a community environment within the Residence halls that promotes the educational experience of residential living. The RA articulates the philosophy and policies of the Office of Residence Life and the University to his/her residents, and in turn, represents the needs of the students to the administration. The Resident Assistant position combines many roles: information resource, activities organizer, liaison to the Office of Residence Life, counselor, adviser, and friend. 

Social Mentor

Social Mentors is a program designed to provide social events for freshmen during their first semester on campus. The events are a way for the new students to get adjusted to Rockhurst and Kansas City and get involved in an alcohol-free environment. Each mentor has a group of 12-15 freshmen students for which they plan events and provide support.

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