Getting involved in different organizations in college is a great way to meet new people, gain leadership skills, and improve your resume. Here's a quick look at some ways you can be involved in your Housing & Residential Life and campus community:
Residence Hall Involvement
As a member of our residential community, you are automatically a member of the Residence Hall Association (RHA). RHA is the official voice of on-campus residents and works closely with department leaders to promote a great residential experience for students. In addition to advising Residence Life on issues of policy and budget; RHA is a programming and leadership development group, putting on large-scale programs such as Hall Involvement Team (HI Team), Block Party, Taste of the Union and Hall Leadership Camp. RHA general body meetings are always on Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Student Union.
Each residence hall has a hall council to provide a variety of services and programming opportunities for residents. Hall councils play a key role in setting the tone in each residence hall by planning social activities and educational programs. Hall councils also work towards improving amenities and services provided in the halls. You will receive more information about your specific hall council when you move in, or you can contact your hall's Community Director.
NATIONAL RESIDENCE HALL HONORARY
The National Residence Hall Honorary is the only nationwide organization that exclusively recognizes leaders in residence halls; it is also considered the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), Inc. NRHH is the premiere honorary dedicated to recognizing the top 1% of leaders living in residence halls. NRHH’s outstanding leaders demonstrate excellence in scholastics, are role models of service, are bestowers of recognition and are exercisers of leadership. Visit the National Residence Hall Hononary website for more information about the Omega Eta Lambda Chapter.
Do you believe sustainability is about more than just recycling? Become your hall’s director of sustainability and attend weekly Eco-Rep meetings to learn how you can make a difference! Eco-Reps are the voice for the environment within their hall council. They make sure all hall council programs are environmentally sustainable and are the recycling expert in their halls. They create one-of-a-kind programs that educate residents about sustainability. Eco-Reps are also the driving force during annual hall competitions including Battle of the Utilities and Recycle Mania; helping to bring glory (and sometimes prizes) to your hall! So, whether you’re an expert or just have a budding interest, join us to advocate for sustainability in your hall.
What is ACT? ACT stands for Advocates Coming Together, and started in Housing & Residential Life in the fall of 2008. ACT is comprised of a group of students who live in the University of Arizona residence halls, and are passionate about working for inclusion and making change. ACT’s goals are to learn about and reflect on systems of oppression (abelism, cisgenderism, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, etc.), as well as address these issues at the University of Arizona. In addition, ACT will plan large-scale social justice programs like the annual Day of Silence Photo Shoot and Hunger Banquet.
Mission Statement: ACT is a Housing & Residential Life group that strives to educate students on issues of equity and equality, to have pride in the University of Arizona’s diversity, and to take action to make UA a more inclusive place.
Hall Involvement Team (HI Team) is a group of selected students who arrive early to campus for leadership training and to help students move into the halls. HI Team is an excellent leadership opportunity for new and returning students who are living in the residence halls. Applications are typically available early summer.
CATS AFTER DARK Engage
Cats After Dark Engage, a partnership between Cats After Dark and Housing & Residential Life, is the University of Arizona's premier late-night programming group. Students get involved by first taking a 1-credit EDL297a "Event Planning & Leadership" course, learning how to plan large-scale events and develop leadership skills along the way. Then they continue on to plan three large-scale, late-night events every semester. If you live on-campus and want to get involved, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Whether your interests are social, academic, athletic or Greek, the UA has something for everyone. For more information on organizations and getting involved, contact the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, or check out the list of registered student organizations.
ASUA, the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, is your University-wide student government. ASUA offers a wide variety of programs and services that students can both help organize and utilize. These programs range from planning carnivals, raising funds for scholarships, and representing student concerns to the state legislature. Also, ASUA is responsible for the overall functioning of nearly 500 clubs and organizations that make up the campus environment.