Residence Hall Association (RHA) is one of ABAC’s biggest organizations on campus. With 1,500 members, the organization is very involved with ABAC’s day-to-day activities.
The organization’s number becomes even larger when taken into account that every student living on campus is automatically a member of RHA.
It is also one of the most important components of campus life. This is because RHA is responsible for the relationship between students that live on campus at Lakeside, Place and the housing department.
RHA allows students to voice any concerns or issues with housing that they may have. They are also given the opportunity to suggest changes and develop their leadership skills. It also gives students a chance to make new friends and build relationships.
RHA is the only organization that can make amendments to the policies and procedures in the Guide to Residential Living, the governing document for students who live on campus.
Executive board members are also given the opportunity to travel around the country and attend state, regional and national conferences. For those that are interested, applications for the 2019-2020 executive board will be coming up in the next couple of months.
RHA has existed since housing began on campus. However, it was not until 2016 that it was reestablished by McKenzie Lewis and Karmen Tovar.
Not only does RHA support ABAC’s residents, but they are also the ones to thank for many of the events that are put on around campus.
In the past, they have put on events like the Holiday Meal, Destress Fest and their rather popular event Grocery Bingo. This semester, RHA will be putting on a Valentine’s Day Carnival and a Slumberbowl Party.
Meetings are every two weeks and alternate between the locations of the Lakeside multipurpose room and Town Hall. All residents are encouraged to attend. At their meetings, RHA holds professional development programs that allow members to build their professional portfolios such as their resumes and interviewing skills.
RHA’s officers are President Karmen Tovar; Executive Vice President McKenzie Lewis; Vice President of Programming Maria Martinez; Vice President of Promotions Jennifer Granjeno; National Communications Coordinator Matthew Liqua, and advisor Sarah Herring.