With over 2000 students living on-campus, the interest and demand for leadership development opportunities is abundant. Currently, Residence Life offers seven student organizations that represent the residents in areas of programming and policy development. Those organizations are:
- Residence Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA)
- National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
- Community Apartment Board (CAB)
- Community Councils (CCs)
RHAA (Residence Hall and Apartment Association) is a student organization that deals with the many opportunities and issues of living on campus. RHAA plans programs for residents and advises Residence Life Administrators on policy changes and things of interest to the residents. Some benefits to attending RHAA meetings are:
- Voicing your opinion on housing policies
- Keeping our housing practices environmentally sound
- Planning programs (social and educational)
- Increasing your civic mindedness
- Representing UWGB at state, regional and national conferences
RHAA is also an affiliate of state and regional associations including the Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association (WURHA), The Great Lakes Affiliates of College & University Residence Halls (GLACURH), and the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH).
RHAA meetings are open to all residents. They occur every Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. Each building elects members for the RHAA general membership. Elected members vote on issues of policy and budget in representation of their respective buildings.
For more information on RHAA, check out their website or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary) is an organization of on-campus student leaders who represent the top 1% of on-campus leaders. NRHH members are selected based on the four pillars of scholarship, service, recognition, and leadership. NRHH strives to promote leadership development programming and recognition of those who exemplify the characteristics of the pillars. NRHH has elected officers and general members. Meetings occur every other Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.
NRHH is well known for the “Of the Month” (OTM) Awards. OTMs are a national program where campus leaders are nominated and selected to win various awards for their leadership and programming. Campus winners are forwarded to the state level for competition, and if successful, then onto the national level. UWGB’s Phoenix Flame Chapter is the proud recipient of numerous state OTMs and even a few national winners!!
Anyone can write an OTM, just follow the instructions on the NRHH website or email them at email@example.com.
CAB (Community Apartment Board) is an organization for the residents who live in the on-campus apartments. CAB has elected officers, committee positions, an apartment representative for RHAA and general membership. CAB plans activities and programs (social and educational) primarily aimed at apartment residents. CAB is a good place for you to bring up concerns and opinions on on-campus apartment living. CAB representatives will then bring such concerns onto RHAA for discussion. Meetings occur every Monday at 9:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Community Center (MPR).
If you live in a residence hall you have the opportunity to join one of four community councils (CCs). These CCs give you the opportunity to create programs and activities for a small group of buildings and discuss policy changes that could be brought to RHAA. CCs have elected officers, committee positions, building representatives and general members. You are sure to find a position that will help you grow. The different CCs are:
- Phase 1 CC – residents of TLH, JLH, BWH, and AWH
- Phase 2 CC – residents of RSH, CVH, and RWH
- Phase 3 CC – residents of DLH, BSH, and JTH
- RDH CC – RDH is a large enough building to have its own CC. The CC floor representatives are also RHAA reps.
Joining a Community Council is a great way to gain enough leadership experience on campus to move on to your next step in leadership. What will it be? Do you want to be a RA, Student Ambassador, or join Good Times Programming? Are you better suited for CAB, NRHH or RHAA? There are more than 100 other student organizations looking for leaders and active members. Your potential is unlimited!