Residential Life

Residential Peer Leaders

A Residential Peer Leader (RPL) is a paraprofessional staff member who actively works to support the Office of Residential Life and Brown University's mission, values, and initiatives.

RPLs work under the direct supervision of the Area Coordinators and other professional staff to create engaging and respectful residential environments that enhance the student experience. RPLs will also receive support from Regional Representatives. RPLs help maintain and foster a positive community living experience, and serve as leaders throughout the campus community.

Residential Peer Leader (RPL) is an umbrella term that we use in the Office of Residential Life that encompasses the majority of our student staff that work in our residential communities:

  • Junior/Senior Community Advisor (CA) - CAs in junior/senior residential communities support departmental goals related to helping students develop independent living skills, prepare for life after Brown, and begin to create a professional network. 
  • Greek & Program Housing (GPH CA) - CAs in Greek/program residential communities support departmental goals related to helping students develop leadership skills within their respective communities. 
  • Residential Peer Counselor (RPC) - RPCs in first year communities support departmental goals related to topics including academic and curricular support, identifying campus resources, and first year college transitions. 
  • Minority Peer Counselor (MPC) - MPCs support Brown's philosophy by promoting personal growth, social responsibility, and intellectual development through community-based interactions in a first-year residence halls, with a special emphasis on mentoring and supporting first-year students of color. MPCs facilitate campus-wide workshops on race and its intersections with class, gender, sexuality, and other social identities. This position is co-supervised by the Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC) and Residential Life. 
  • Women Peer Counselor (WPC) - WPCs provide their residents a knowledge of critical issues pertaining to sexism, gender issues, contraception and safer sex, eating concerns, sexuality, relationships, assertiveness, sexual harassment and assault. WPC program has expanded to better support and advocate for students of diverse gender and sexual identities. This position is co-supervised by the Sarah Doyle Center for Women & Gender and Residential Life.