Waterloo Residences acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River.
Dons are recognized upper-year or graduate student leaders on campus who bring their enthusiasm for university life and the student experience to our residence communities on behalf of Residence Life.
Dons live in residence and support first-year communities of approximately 50 students, building community, encouraging residence activities, creating programs and ensuring that residence policy is followed. Dons provide mentorship, support and an engaging environment where students can interact and get to know one another.
- Planning and facilitating monthly programming to support student engagement and community development
- Complete 1-1 meetings with residents of assigned residence community
- Participating in evening duty shift and on-call rotation with area team
- Support planning and facilitation of other Residence Life activities including, Residence Council, AMPED, and Maximize Potential workshops
- Working alongside our Residence Life team, Residence Facilities group, and other areas to ensure our residents’ needs are met
What we're looking for
- Someone who is passionate about the student experience and has a genuine interest in supporting others to succeed
- Someone who is knowledgeable of campus life and resources available to students
- Someone who has strong time management and organization skills
- Someone who is comfortable communicating with others one-on-one, and in groups
- Someone who is a team player
I would like to apply to be a Don in fall 2020/winter 2021, when can I submit an application?
The fall 2020/winter 2021 applications will open January 27, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions
Can I still become a Don even though I have not lived in residence before?
Yes. We hire both students with and without residence experience.
If I am living far away from Waterloo during the application period,
can I still apply to be a Don? What if I can't make the interview?
Yes, you can still apply! We do make exceptions for those students living far away and out of the province based on successful applications. Returning Don Applicants are required to attend a Personal Interview.
I have heard that you can only be a Don if you are available for
both the fall and winter terms...is this true? What if I'm in co-op?
No, it's not true. Because we have a large group of co-op students living in residence, there are often many floors that turn-over after one term. You will have the opportunity on the application to select which terms you are applying for, it's really easy!
I am registered at Laurier and pay my tuition there; however, my program also involves taking classes at Waterloo. Am I eligible to become a Don?
No. Unfortunately, if you are registered and pay your tuition with Laurier, you are not eligible to be a Don at Waterloo.
I heard that second-year students cannot be Dons, is this true?
What if I am an engineer?
No, this is not true. We always encourage second-year students to apply! We also currently have several engineering students on staff, and accept all programs.
I have additional questions, which weren't answered, who can I talk to?
You can contact the Program and Resources Coordinator at email@example.com.