Want to become an ICA?

To apply to become an RA at Colorado State University, students need to meet the following requirements:

  • live in the residence halls (at CSU or elsewhere) for two full semesters by the time they begin working as an ICA
  • be currently enrolled at CSU and making progress towards a degree (please note: if you are an INTO CSU student, you may not qualify as an enrolled student)
  • have completed 15 credit hours at the time of hire
  • successfully complete the required 4-week non-credit course, ExCELS, during the fall semester prior to being hired

Registration for the required ExCELS course will open on Monday September 11th, 2017 to be considered for Fall 2018-Spring 2019 positions, and can be found at colostate.erezlife.com.

Please note, we have filled all positions for Fall 2017-Spring 2018.


Residence Life is not currently accepting applications for student staff positions.

If you would like to be notified when applications become available for Inclusive Community Assistant positions, or if you have general questions about student staff positions in Residence Life, please email Lauren Shulman, Coordinator for Staffing, Training, and Development at Lauren.Shulman@colostate.edu. 



Housing & Dining Services

Office of Residence Life

Inclusive Community Assistant (ICA)


The Inclusive Community Assistant (ICA) is a live-in student staff position in the Office of Residence Life, Housing & Dining Services.  The ICA assists in supporting the Residence Life Mission: “To create safe and inclusive learning communities that support, challenge, and inspire all students to be ethical leaders and citizens in a diverse society”.  ICAs also support Colorado State University’s Principles of Community: Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice.  Finally, ICAs support Residence Life’s Pillars: Connections, Leadership Development, Diversity and Social Justice, Learning, and Professional Development. ICAs provide strategies for, and assist residents and residence hall staff with transition, multicultural competence, learning, inclusion and ethical decision making. In addition, the ICA is responsible for fulfilling the mission of the Student Diversity Programs and Services (SDPS) area and other offices within the Division of Student Affairs (DSA).



The Inclusive Community Assistant is responsible for assisting students individually and in groups. The ICA’s primary role is to facilitate the creation of a positive residence hall environment which supports students’ transition, academic, and personal success. In order for this environment to develop, ICAs must make significant connections with residents and guide them to resources on-campus. Strategies for success include maintaining individual and group contact, possessing a thorough knowledge of campus resources, planning and implementing diverse activities, leadership development, and responding to community and individual concerns.


Position Responsibilities

Inclusion and Diversity Focus

1.Utilize and promote activities and strategies that contribute to increasing students’ multicultural competence.

2.Support students to utilize multicultural resources on campus.

3.Respond to student behavior which involves incidents of bias based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy, in accordance with CSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy: http://oeo.colostate.edu/non-discrimination-statement

4.Assist Residence Life Staff (mainly RAs) in creating inclusive communities within the residence halls.

Community Development

1.Promote learning and engagement among all residents.

2.Maintain on-going interactions with residents individually and as a community through community walks and one-on-one conversations.

3.Work with other ICAs, hall staff, and SDPS and DSA campus partners to implement monthly programs that meet students’ needs and contribute to building an inclusive community as well as promote student involvement.

4.Establish and maintain an environment that is supportive of successful academic achievement.

5.Encourage the development of an environment that is inclusive of the diverse backgrounds of residents.

6.Confront inappropriate behavior through one-on-one conversations, programming, and bulletin boards.

7.Work consistently to create a civil and respectful atmosphere in the hall through one-on-one conversations and community walks.

Staff Functions

1.Attend training activities: Spring training, Fall training, and any required training programs throughout the year.

2.Assist in the selection and training of new staff.

3.Develop knowledge of crisis management, response, and emergency procedures.

4.Support and adhere to University and Housing & Dining Services policies, regulations, and procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  1. ICAs must be enrolled at CSU and making progress toward their degree during their period of employment.
  2. ICAs must remain in good academic standing with the University; a GPA of 2.5 is preferred.
  3. ICAs must have completed at least 15 credit hours and lived in a residence hall for one semester at the time of hire.
  4. First semester ICAs may not student teach or hold internships. After the first semester, experiences which will take the ICA away from their building for significant time blocks are discouraged, and must be approved by the Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion, Residence Director, and Associate Director before they are accepted.
  5. It is understood that an undergraduate staff position in residence halls cannot easily be translated into hours worked per day or week because of the unique nature of the work. The ICA job requires regularly scheduled responsibilities and times at which staff is available and accessible for purposes related to the position. Standard weekly hours include assigned hours in a campus partner office, weekly staff meetings, meeting with supervisors and other duties as assigned
  6. The ICA position is intended for one academic year (fall and spring semesters). If an ICA wishes to return the following year, they must apply for the Returning ICA position.
  7. ICAs must be available for weekly evening meetings, typically held on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30pm.
  8. Remuneration is a single room with board while school is in session, including 21 meals/week and $150 RamCash, during the employment period.


To Apply:

Please apply online using colostate.erezlife.com.


CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer.


Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates, and all applicants must be 18 or older at time of background check to be considered for a position.