First Year Seminar: SBU 101
In the Fall, each first-year is enrolled in an Undergraduate College seminar. This seminar is a semester-long opportunity to get acquainted with Stony Brook, and is designed to give new students the skills they need for success — both academic and social — while exploring aspects of the Colleges' respective themes.
As a Residence Hall Director or Apartment Living Coordinator at Stony Brook, you will be required to teach the First Year Seminar that coincides with the Undergraduate College of your quad. Some of the topics covered in the course include: study skills, test taking and test anxiety, health/well-being and success in college, academic citizenship, time management, academic and career planning, introduction to campus resources, and how to get involved on campus.
All instructors attend a conference-style training at the beginning of the year where the curriculum is laid out in detail. There are also monthly instructor meetings that serve as an open forum for instructors to ask questions and share their collective knowledge.
To find out more about the curriculum of the First-Year Seminar and resources provided for our instructors, please check out our 101 instructor website.
For more information about our Undergraduate College system, check the Undergraduate College Home Page.
AIDS Peer Education (APE)
In addition to teaching the UGC 101 classes, RHD/ALCs have the opportunity to teach AIDS Peer Education (APE).
The AIDS Peer Education program is a two semester experience for undergraduate students that prepares them to identify those who may be at risk, to establish a trusting relationship with those individuals, to assist them in making choices about risk reduction, and to support them in the process of behavior change. Participants earn a total of six 300-level academic credits, reflecting the knowledge acquisition and skill development that are critical to the success of the program. The focus of the program is on one on one interaction as the most effective means of facilitating behavior change.
Administrator: Marisa Jeffers, Director of Student Life- Southampton & Brookhaven Residential Village
Resident Assistant (RA) Class
Another opportunity our RHD/ALCs have is the ability to teach a six-week Resident Assistant (RA) class during the spring semester after hiring/placement has occurred. All RAs who are offered and accept the RA role must go through the course. Alternates are also offered the opportunity to take the class if they so choose. Topics covered within the class include: Introduction to the RA Role, Diversity, Identity and Community Development and Engagement.
Diversity Peer Education (DPE)
RHD/ALCs also have the opportunity to apply to instruct the Diversity Peer Education (DPE) course in addition to their section of UGC 101. The Diversity Peer Education program will train students on how to effectively engage others, analyze situations, and bring about change in the campus context through the lens of diversity and social justice. The skills learned in this class will not just be applicable to situations related to diversity, but also will encourage students to reflect on themselves, their own experiences, and develop their interpersonal skills. In this program, diversity will be defined as differences in human social identities in the broadest sense (diversity of religion, diversity of socioeconomic class, diversity of race, diversity of sex, diversity of sexual orientation, and more). This 400-level class is sponsored through the department of Africana Studies and grants internship credit to participating students. The class is only open to those with Junior or Senior standing.