Mission– The Residence Hall Association serves as a voice for the student resident population at the University of Connecticut. Acting as a liaison between residents and the Department of Residential Life, the Department of Dining Services, and other university entities, the organization seeks to ensure that the interests of its constituency are being heard. Through governance, programming, and advocacy, the Residence Hall Association promises the establishment and functionality of Hall Associations; provides diverse, cultural, social, and educational programming; and addresses the grievances and best wishes of the student resident population.
History– RHA has existed on this campus in many forms and has always striven to best represent the residential student voice. In the fall of 2004, RHA – back then a small organization that was just trying to find its place on campus – hosted its first annual Leadership Conference to train Area Council members, became affiliated with NACURH (National Association of College and University Residence Halls) and attended its first NEACURH (North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls) Conference, winning first place for its banner.
Since then, RHA has seen tremendous growth and development as an organization. UConn’s RHA is well known for its programming, including its annual UConnapalooza celebrating the end of the Spring semester, its advocacy for the concern of residential student and its support for Hall Associations. RHA has also organized teams for campus-wide events such as HuskyThon and Relay for Life and has worked collaborately with other organizations on campus.
RHA has continued to be an active member of NEACURH and NACURH from winning a national Program Of The Year Award to hosting a Sub-Regional Meeting in Fall 2010. In Fall 2011, UConn’s RHA hosted the NEACURH Regional Conference, Marty Makes A Wish, which brought over 360 student leaders from over 40 institutions to UConn where RHA showed what it means to be a Husky.
RHA has received numerous awards on campus, regionally and nationally. In 2005 and again in 2012, RHA was recognized with the Husky Pride Award, one of the highest honors a student organization can receive at UConn, for its efforts of supporting student leadership and showing true Husky Pride on campus, regionally and nationally.
Today UConn’s RHA has never been stronger. We are currently working at putting on larger and more diverse programs to make sure that our students are taking something away from their time living on campus. Our relationship with NEACURH has never been greater and our President and NCC were recognized with one of the Top 10 Programs at the Regional Leadership Conference in 2016. We are excited to see where the rest of the year takes us.