Other UNC organizations

The Residence Hall Association works with a variety of other student groups and on campus departments. If you are interested in learning more about RHA and how you can get involved, request funding, etc., check out the links below:

 

RHA’s External Appointments

RHA is privileged to have representatives on various board and committees on campus. RHA represents residents’ concerns on the Carolina Dining Board, the Student Government Safety Committee, the Housing Advisory Board, and the Carolina Union Board of Directors. RHA also has internal committees such as the Recognition Committee, Alumni Board, and Ethics Board. To learn more about these external appointments, please contact the RHA External Affairs Officer.

 

RHA’s Relationship with the Department of Housing and Residential Education (DHRE)

The Residence Hall Association is an independent student organization and is not, in any way, managed or controlled by the Department of Housing and Residential Education (DHRE). Nevertheless, the two entities necessarily possess a strong working relationship, offer mutual advising services, and collectively strive to provide the most enjoyable experience possible for campus residents. The RHA-DHRE relationship has strengthened considerably in recent years, which has led to several collaborative initiatives and clear lines of communication that have allowed RHA to more effectively execute its mandate.

Advising

In order to ensure the maximum effectiveness of RHA, DHRE provides a member of its professional staff to serve as the organization’s primary advisor. In addition, the RHA advisor and RHA President will work together to appoint a second DHRE professional as co-advisor (generally a Community Director). Finally, the community directors serve as advisors to their respective governors and community governments, ensuring a strong and well-informed RHA leadership structure. RHA’s current advisors are Aliana Harrison, Community Director of Connor and Michael Cherry, Community Director of Parker.

Not Associated with Resident Advisors

A common misconception surrounding RHA is that it is comprised of resident advisors (RAs). RAs are paid employees of the Department of Housing and Residential Education and while they are responsible for some programming within their community, function primarily as counselors and mentors to residents, as well as arbitrators in roommate conflicts, etc. RHA is an independent student organization, and its leaders are comprised entirely of student volunteers living on campus. On occasions RHA does work with RAs through programming to provide a fun and inclusive living environment for the residents living on campus.

 

RHA’s Relationship with Student Government

Article I, Section 5 of the Student Constitution of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill establishes the Residence Hall Association as an independent governing agency responsible for “all matters concerning student life in University-owned and approved undergraduate residence halls.” As such, RHA, its activities, and its finances are wholly separate from and in no way subject to control by Student Congress or the Executive Branch of Student Government, notwithstanding amendments to the Constitution. Nevertheless, RHA should and does maintain an open, collaborative relationship with Student Government, and continually strives to integrate itself with the overall structure of student self-governance. Furthermore, RHA acknowledges the supremacy of the Student Body President, and fully supports the holder of that office insofar as he or she promotes the best interests of on-campus residents.