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“Making Halls into Homes”

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) was founded in 1984 to unify the various residential communities across campus. It has since grown into the second largest student organization on campus and maintains a strong, positive relationship with the Office of Housing & Residence Life (HRL).

RHA strives to make our students on-campus experience the best it possible can be by:

  • Hosting residence hall and campus-wide programs
  • Conducting philanthropic initiatives
  • Advocating for residents
  • Representing on campus committees
  • Participating in state, regional, and national student leadership conferences

All students living in university-managed residence halls and apartments are members of RHA by virtue of their residency status. At present, approximately 4,800 students are members of RHA, with as many as 150 involved in direct leadership positions.

One of the primary roles of RHA is to serve as an advocate for students living on campus. Advocacy takes many forms, forms, including assessment of resident needsĀ and interests, personal meetings with university staff members, and promotion of resident interests on various university committees and boards.

Why does RHA advocate for residents?

  • Direct connection with the Office of Housing & Residence Life (HRL) administration.
  • Deep understanding of HRL policy.
  • Electoral mandate from on-campus residents.
  • Proximity to constituents (i.e., the residents).

How do we advocate?

  • Figure out what residents need, not just what they want.
  • Make sure residents know what RHA does and how to utilize RHA's services to their optimal benefit.
  • Seek out opportunities to meet with administrators and other student leaders.

To whom do we advocate?

Have an idea for something you'd like to see on campus or a policy you'd like to see changed? Contact us with your ideas!