Leadership and Involvement
To get the most from your college experience, it's important to make good choices about the time you spend outside of class. With all the different organizations and clubs at the University of Arizona; you will find many ways to meet new people, improve your leadership skills, build self-esteem, face responsibility and accomplish goals that will enhance your future endeavors. Getting involved in different organizations in college is a great way to improve your resume and make you stand out when applying for a job after graduation. Besides, you are bound to have fun doing it!
Here's a quick look at some ways you can be involved in your hall and campus community:
Residence Hall Involvement
Residence Hall Association
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 activites 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.
ACT (Advocates Coming Together)
What is ACT? ACT stands for Advocates Coming Together, and started in Residence 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 social justice 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. ACT is run by 3 dedicated student co-directors, and advised by Residence Life’s Coordinator of Social Justice Education.
Mission Statement: ACT is a Residence Life social justice 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.
The Residence Life Leadership Certificate is an opportunity open to all students living in the residence halls at the University of Arizona. The certificate is a great way to receive recognition for the outstanding leadership skills you are building during your time on campus. By participating in the certificate program, you will be joining a group of committed residential student leaders who are actively improving their leadership skills while addressing issues of social justice, sustainability, diversity, and global citizenship.
Whether your interests are social, academic, athletic or Greek, the UA has something for everyone. Not only do clubs and organizations enhance campus life at the University of Arizona, they provide students with a great way to build skills, get connected to campus, and make long lasting friendships.
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.
The Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA)
ASUA 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.