Meet the Division:
Shanikwa Cruickshank, Housing & Residence Life
Name: Shanikwa Cruickshank
Title: Living Center Director, Housing & Residence Life
Position Description: Administrative duties, managing conduct, supervising an RA staff, and providing support to Residential students.
Share something about yourself that others may not know: I am new to Michigan and the snow!
What do you enjoy doing outside of your work at GV? Recently, I've enjoyed resting! Since I'm new to Michigan, I have been trying to explore a lot in the Grand Rapids area. I am always open to suggestions, email me!
What is your favorite or funniest college memory, either as a student or as a staff? I was fortunate to go on an alternative spring break trip to Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Florida. Give Kids the World Village is an 89-acre, nonprofit "storybook" resort. Here, children with critical illnesses and their families are treated to week-long, cost-free vacations. As a volunteer, I didn't expect to learn much, but I had the opportunity to talk to so many amazing chidlren and their supportive families. It was a time to laugh, cry, and learn.
What do you love about helping college students? I love helping residents develop their skills to have crucial conversation. I enjoy helping them develop effective communication skills when dealing with their roommates and friends and showing them the importance of advocating.