Mission and History

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MissionThe mission of this organization shall be to aim to enhance the general welfare of all residents by providing communication, education, leadership, and community development opportunities for all students living on campus.

History– RHA has existed on the UConn campus in many forms and has always striven to best represent the residential student population. In the fall of 2004, RHA, then a small organization that was just trying to find its place on campus, hosted its first annual Leadership Conference to train Hall Association 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 students, and its support for the 18 Hall Associations, one in each residential area of campus. RHA has also organized teams for campus-wide events such as HuskyThon and Oozeball, and has worked collaboratively on events with other organizations such as SUBOG and USG.

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 2017, UConn’s RHA hosted the NEACURH Regional Conference, The NEACURH Games, 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 in 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 2nd place in the Case Study at the Spring Leadership Conference in 2020. We are excited to see where the rest of the year takes us!