Petition for an Equitable and Transparent overhaul of RA compensation
During 2018 Summer RA training, Tom McDermott, the Director of Student Financial Services, promised that a new RA compensation plan will go in effect for RA in the 2019-2020 cohort, and that we would receive a detailed proposal for a new compensation plan by the end of November 2018.

December has arrived, and RAs have not received any specific details on the new compensation plan.

We want to ensure a comprehensive and transparent process so that any final proposal to change RA compensation is fair for all RAs, regardless of financial aid status.

5 Key Demands:

1. Draft a new RA compensation plan that provides each RA with an equal and substantial financial benefit from the position regardless of financial aid status, and publish a new RA compensation plan to the Johns Hopkins University website and eRezLife portal by Friday, January 4th, 2019 (five days before the application deadline for prospective 2019-2020 RAs).

2. Email current and prospective RAs every 2 weeks with specific updates as the new RA compensation plan is drafted.

3. Organize a joint session for current and prospective RAs to provide feedback once a new RA compensation plan is drafted.

4. Publish a calculator on the Johns Hopkins website starting in fall of 2019 where any prospective and current RA can input basic financial information and receive an individualized expected financial aid package to compare their projected aid package as an RA versus as an off-campus student versus as a residential student living in a residence hall.

5. Establish a review process to evaluate financial aid packages of all RAs each semester and determine if the current RA compensation plan continues to be equitable for all RAs.

Please see our complete list of demands ( for the full details on each demand.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Eric Huang ( or Kush Mansuria (

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