Residence Hall Association and Councils
The Tufts University Residence Hall Association, or RHA for short, is a student organization dedicated to supporting our residential campus community. RHA is supported, funded, and advised by the Office of Residential Life and Learning, but will be a student-driven organization. RHA was launched at Tufts in August 2019 with the founding of 11 individual Hall Councils in first year communities. For the 2020-21 academic year, all first communities will have Hall Councils formed in the first few weeks of the fall semester.
Looking for a great way to get involved in your new residential community? This fall, all incoming first year students have the opportunity to join their residential Hall Council and take active part in planning events, building community, and connecting with peers in the residential neighborhood! Hall Councils provide first year students with an opportunity to assume almost-immediate leadership within their residential community and have a key role in building lasting relationships between the members of the community. Once you get to campus, be sure to ask your Resident Assistant (RA), Assistant Residential Life Coordinator (ARLC), or Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) about how to get involved!
2020-21 First Year Hall Councils:
- 123 Packard Ave
- Bush Hall
- Carmichael Hall
- Carpenter House
- Hill Hall
- Hodgdon Hall
- Houston Hall
- Metcalf Hall
- Miller Hall
- Richardson House
- Tilton Hall
- Wilson House
HALL COUNCIL ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
Each Hall Council consists of an Executive Board and a General Assembly. The Executive Board includes positions that will be elected by the residents in the specific community within the first few weeks of the fall semester. Positions include:
- President: Responsible for convening Executive Board meetings, general oversight of the Hall Council, serve as the representative to the Residence Hall Association, and as the public face of the community.
- Vice President for Membership: Responsible for convening the General Assembly, creating opportunities for growth and development for Hall Council members, and serve as secondary representative to the Residence Hall Association.
- Vice President for Residential Advocacy: Responsible for determining needs and requests from the residential population, connecting frequently with ORLL staff to partner on initiatives, and recommend/propose changes or items that may warrant additional attention within the individual community. Serves as representative to RHA Residential Advocacy Committee.
- Vice President for Programming: Responsible for community development efforts within the community (events, social occasions, opportunities for connection points, etc.). Serves as representative to RHA Programming Committee.
- Vice President for Administration (Secretary/Treasurer): Reponsible for managing the budget for the Hall Council in consultation and collaboration with the Hall Council Advisor and President. Additionally responsible for communications to the General Assembly and to the residential population within the community, and for recording minutes of Executive Board and general assembly meetings.
The General Assembly consists of representatives from throughout the residential community. These positions are not elected but are volunteer-based by floor/wing/hall.
The RLC will serve as the primary advisor for Hall Councils and the Assistant Director of Residential Education will serve as a secondary advisor in some situations.
Important Dates - Fall 2020
September 21-29, 2020 - Hall Council Officer Info Sessions and Candidate Registrations
Week of September 21, 2020 - General Assembly member recruitment begins
October 1-2, 2020 - Hall Council Officer Elections
October 9-10, 2020 - Hall Council Executive Board Retreats
October 16-17, 2020 - Residence Hall Association General Assembly Retreat