Bulletin boards (or white boards) are a highly effective tool used by resident assistants to communicate with their students. They are typically updated monthly and follow themes based on the RA’s overall floor agenda. Though RAs spend much time on bulletin board, students do not like to waste theirs–meaning if it isn’t relevant to them then they will be ignored. That said, below are three ways to design a bulletin board that students will actually utilize.
This is the main goal for most bulletin boards; to display information. If RAs need to communicate with students indirectly then a bulletin board message is perfect. Floor meetings times/dates, monthly floor themes and programming messages are the main functions for indirect messages.
A bulletin board MUST be inclusive to all students on the floor and use inclusive language. This is because the floor is a community and should include all students. For example, instead of creating a bulletin board strictly on the service work of Greek Life, [which may not interest some students ] create a bulletin board on service work from many, if not all applicable departments. This will give students options instead of focusing in on just one area.
Many bulletin boards solely display information, and after reading them the students may have no further reason to read them again. However, if the bulletin board is interactive with a game or puzzle, the students may give it more attention to complete the objective. Though my bulletin board (attached below) was questions and answers based, it also gave students the opportunity to write their own questions on sticky notes to get them answered later.
Mario Adkins is a senior at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). When not drawing or playing his favorite video games, he can be found on campus facilitating programs and events as both a resident assistant and vice president of membership for GVSU’s OΔK Circle–a national leadership honor society. Follow him on Twitter @zerolocked.