Inclusive Community Assistant

Want to become an ICA?

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

Inclusive Community Assistant (ICA)•Good standing (2.0 undergraduate)

•Eligible to work in U.S. up to 20 hours/week

•No current conduct cases

•Student working toward graduation

•At least 15 credits at time of application

•Experience working with diverse individuals

•2.5 GPA (undergraduate)

•Two semesters of on-campus living by employment start date

Housing & Dining Services
University Housing

Inclusive Community Assistant (ICA)

The Inclusive Community Assistant (ICA) is a live-in student staff member in Residence Life. ICAs provide strategies for, and assist residents and staff with creating inclusive communities, promoting CSU’s Principles of Community, intentional conversations, peer mediation and support programming and collaborative efforts with Student Diversity Program and Services (SDPS). ICAs are knowledgeable about campus resources and their services to students. Utilizing diverse and educational programs they will challenge members within the community to grow both personally and academically. The ICAs along with other staff members and residents are responsible for helping to create an atmosphere conducive to study and enjoyment. They are there to help residents learn how to live respectfully and responsibly with other individuals and how they can contribute to a positive campus climate.


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:
  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.

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.

  • What are the requirements to be considered for the ICA application process?

    1. You must have lived in the residence halls (CSU or another school) for 2 semesters at the time you start your job. If you are first-year student, you can apply for the 2018-2019 academic year.
    2. Applicants must be in good academic standing with the university; a GPA of 2.5 is preferred. Student staff are expected to meet this requirement and maintain it during their period of employment.
    3. Must be a CSU student making progress towards your degree.

  • What steps do I need to take to become an ICA?

    • Read all information online pertaining to the application process, review the job description, and ask questions to make sure you understand the position.
    • Fill out this form; we will contact you as soon as our application and more information is available.

  • Do I get to decide where I am placed?

    You may express a preference; however, we do not guarantee the hall in which you will be placed. We determine placements based on need for the individual communities and the department overall. We are not looking for a “certain type” of person for the ICA position; our residents have different types of personalities, backgrounds, and experiences, and our goal is to build a staff that can connect and work with a variety of students and student populations.
  • When will I know if I am being offered an Inclusive Community Assistant position?

    You will be notified in the Spring of the status of your application and, if offered a position, your letter will be emailed to you at the email address you provide. Each offer for hire will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.
  • If I accept an offer as a Residence Life Student Staff position (RA, RHA/NRHH, CDM), am I still eligible to be selected as an ICA?

    Student staff may only hold one of the following positions at any given time: RA, ICA, CDM, RHA/NRHH. Offers for all student staff openings will occur at the same time and students must select the offer that best suits their interests.
  • Is training required?

    Yes, training is required for all Inclusive Community Assistants. Attending all orientation and training dates are required and will not be excused unless clearance has been given.. Being unavailable for student staff training dates could impact your application and selection as an ICA. Training typically occurs beginning the first week of August.
  • What is the remuneration for the ICA position?

    ICAs receive an on-campus room and on-campus meal plan during the time of employment. Please note if you receive financial aid, the remuneration of this position may impact your financial aid reward. Please talk with someone in Financial Aid for more information.