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Resident Assistant (RA)


Resident Assistants (RA): Resident Assistants are a critical part of the Residence Life staff. They are continuing students who go through a rigorous selection and training process to prepare them to serve on-campus residents in the best possible way. RAs are assigned to a specific building, where their duties include:

  • Serving as a peer advisor;
  • Facilitating communication between and among residents;
  • Planning events and activities to foster a positive living learning community and enhance students’ success; and
  • Serving in an on-call rotation to respond to overnight emergencies.

RAs are compensated with a room and board package. Recruitment for the RA position runs November through January each year to select staff for the following year.

Fall 2018 Resident Assistants:


Vice President of Operations: Emma Rose Tan

My name is Emma Rose Tan. Emma Rose is my full first name, but I just go by Emma for short. I am currently a second year working towards my bachelor’s degree in Management and Business Economics. During my first year at UC Merced I throw myself into a lot of different campus activities. I became an RHA representative for CAT Community Council, as well as becoming an active member of the Pilipino American Alliance, PAA, a club on campus. During my first year at UC Merced I find myself happiest when I am busy helping others and pushing myself to go farther than before. After graduation I plan on pursuing international business and continuing to help others on my way.



Vice President of Communications: Nayeli Sernas

My name is Nayeli Sernas and I am from Los Angeles, CA. I am currently a 2nd year Applied Mathematics major with an emphasis on Economics. Although I don’t like to show favoritism, I prefer the Marvel Universe to DC. Another interest of mine is trying to cook homemade meals for my family and friends. Lastly, I believe that pineapples do belong on pizza.





Vice President of Programming: Jose Galvan
Hey my name is Jose Galvan and I am currently a second year at UC Merced. I am currently the VP of Programming for RHA. I am a Computer Science major with a super big heart. Something interesting about myself is that I am trilingual, knowing English, Spanish, and even American Sign Language. Something funny I can do is a pretty good Donald Duck impersonation. My passion is soccer and my favorite team is Real Madrid. 






President: Jocelyn Frias
Hi my name is Jocelyn Frias. I am from Lamont, CA a town right outside of Bakersfield, CA. I am a second year at UC Merced as a political science major hoping to double major in philosophy. My plans after graduating UC Merced are to go to law school and potentially run for public office one day. During my first year at UC Merced I joined the Merced pre-law society, the pre-law fraternity, and Sierra Terraces Community Council in which I served as the councils president. This year I will continue my membership in the Merced Pre-Law Society and fraternity. I will also continue serving housing as RHA President. During my free time I like to watch TV shows such as Gossip Girl, Charmed, Gilmore Girls, Superstore, The Vampire Diaries, and many more! I enjoy anything nature related, I love sparkles and glitter, and I have three favorite colors: sky blue, white, and yellow. I love reading, swimming, Christmas, and I have so many nicknames. Curious about all those nicknames? Come visit me at the RHA Office which is right next to the marketplace. See you then!