Another role of the Office of Residence Life is to provide opportunities for students to be involved in leadership roles on campus. These leadership roles can include involvement in their residence hall government, the Resident Student Association (an umbrella organization for all residence hall governments), or National Residence Hall Honorary, involvement as officers in Greek houses, or involvement in paid student positions such as Assistant Hall Director, Senior R.A., Resident Advisor, or Desk Clerk. Residence Life also encourages involvement in the over 400 student organizations on campus. Residence Life staff members provide programs for students in the residence halls that introduce them to different groups on campus and make them aware of all the different opportunities there are for involvement.
Hall Governments and the Resident Student Association (RSA) provide leadership development opportunities and an opportunity to make decisions for students living on campus. Hall Governments plan activities for their residents and RSA plans campus-wide events, such as Lil' Sibs Weekend for everyone. Residents have the opportunity to attend state and regional conferences, as well as help plan programs for the entire UK campus.
The Residence Hall Government plans activities and programs, decides how money is spent in the hall, and makes decisions about the quality of life within the hall. Every resident student has the opportunity to be involved in the decisions this group makes. HG is comprised of student officers elected in each hall. The positions, which include president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, RSA representative and floor representatives, provide residents with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and meet other students. HG can provide you with the unique leadership experiences you won't find elsewhere. Many HG Officers later become Resident Advisors or Hall Directors, or hold various leadership positions on campus. These positions add practical experience to your resume that will make you stand out to your future employers.
The Resident Student Association is an organization that is open to all students living in the residence halls at the University of Kentucky. RSA is governed by an executive board consisting of a president, vice-president, treasurer, national communications coordinator, and one executive assistant. RSA was established to ensure a system of self-government for the residence halls. The objectives of RSA are to maintain effective communication among residence halls, to promote efficient hall government systems within residence halls, to communicate suggestions and concerns to the administration, and to plan social and educational programs for resident students. RSA, which includes all HGs, works with University administrators and other campus organizations to solve problems unique to residence hall students. For further information, talk with your RA or Hall Director, visit the RSA Office located in room 303 Complex Commons, or phone 323-1919.
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Residence Life staff coordinate over 1500 community development activities for residence hall students each year! In planning these activities, staff members strive to meet specific objectives that include engaging campus and community resources, respecting and appreciating the diversity of the campus community, and participating in ways to give back through service. In fulfilling these objectives, residents are able to further find opportunities for growth outside the classroom!