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Exploring the Training and Lived Experiences of Resident Directors


This multi-method study explores how RDs characterize the training they receive for their jobs, and what employer-provided training, or other factors, inform how RDs respond to student alcohol use. The project employed a survey, as well as semi-structured interviews and document analysis to help identify the types of training that RDs are receiving in their role, explored the training and other factors that contribute to how RDs respond to student alcohol use, which they primarily encounter on-duty or through the student conduct process. The study yielded important information on how RDs own personal experiences with alcohol inform their work with students.

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