Q: WHAT IS THE RESIDENCE HALL ASSOCIATION?
The Residential Housing Association (RHA) is the overall student governing body for anyone residing in residence halls. This organization represents and serves the residential student population through advocacy, civic engagement and leadership development. RHA is a national member of National College Association of Universities Residence Hall.
Q: WHAT TYPE OF DUTIES IS RHA RESPONSIBLE FOR?
This organization is responsible for acting as the liaison and the advocate for students residing in on-campus residences. Community council also works to better the University community and the residential life experience.
Q: WHO IS A MEMBER OF RHA?
All residential students are automatically a member within the Residence Hall Association; however, to have a direct voice, students are encouraged to be active with Community Councils.
Q: WHAT IS A COMMUNITY COUNCIL?
A Community Council is an intergovernmental organization of RHA within each undergraduate residence hall that directly serves to represent the residential students to RHA.
Q: WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A POSITION ON COMMUNITY COUNCIL?
All applicants should be in good financial and judicial standing with the University and will need to be available for weekly meetings. Additionally, perspective applicants should be available for community service events as well as leadership conferences.
Q: WHAT TYPE OF EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY?
No formal experience is necessary to be considered for community council membership; however, experience in leadership roles is very beneficial to any applicant.
Q: WHAT IS A GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING?
A general assembly meeting is a meeting held bi-weekly to bring forth the collective Community Councils of each building to discuss and evaluate the progress that has been made so far.
Q: WHAT IS A COMMUNITY FORUM?
A community forum is a meeting that is held by Community Council’s advocacy representative to elicit feedback on housing, dining, and any other advocacy component.
Q: WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I AM INTERESTED IN A BOARD POSITION?
Both RHA and Community Councils have a designated advisor that is dedicated towards promoting future leaders. Community Council elections generally occur during the Fall semester within three weeks of the start of the academic year. RHA’s board recruitment occurs during the Spring semester of each academic year. Communication for involvement of these organizations will be posted throughout the campus.
Q: HOW WILL RHA OR COMMUNITY COUNCIL BENEFIT ME AS AN INDIVIDUAL?
Both RHA and Community Council provide members with a unique and valuable leadership opportunity and an enhanced collegiate experience. Board members have the opportunity to shape events involving social justice, civic engagement, and various other aspects of university life.