Residence Hall Association: Building Community Through Advocacy, Leadership Development, and Programming

The Residence Hall Association logo.

Utilize your experience within the Residence Hall Association to build community within our residence halls and apartment villages through RHA’s organizational pillars.

Project description

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is the second largest student-run organization on campus, whose mission is to represent all students living on-campus, and build inclusive, engaged communities through advocacy, leadership development, and programming. This experience is designed for all students affiliated with RHA who will work to build community on-campus throughout the academic year. Students participating will share how they utilized their position to achieve the mission of RHA and uphold its core values. 

Project outcome

Members will create a PowerPoint that they will present to the RHA Senate. This will be a culmination of their experience in RHA and will focus on what they have learned in relation to at least one of the three pillars of the organization (advocacy, leadership development, and programming). This PowerPoint presentation will serve as evidence of members’ project experience and accomplishments, which will be embedded in their digital badges. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment
About a semester; 3-5 months
Start time Fall (August/September) 
In-person, remote, or hybrid? In-person
Level of collaboration Individual student project 
Benefits Leadership Experience
Who is eligible All undergraduate students 

Project mentor

Ryan Spearer

Assistant Director for University Apartments & Residence Hall Association Advisor

Residential Life

Phone: (716) 645-7725


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

Residents will need to be involved within RHA, Preferable holding some type of leadership position in the organization.


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