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"Success is a journey, not a destination." - Ben Sweetland

What is RHA?

RHA is your Residence Hall Association. We are the governing body representing University Housing & Residence Life residential students of Portland State University. RHA is the voice of the residents within the residence halls. Programming put on by RHA includes various fun and educational activities as well as an environment where sustainable education can take place in the community garden. These programs, which are initiated, sponsored, and funded by RHA, are well received and enjoyed by the residents of each residential community. To keep all of these great things going it is important to have strong leaders.

We advocate for the interests and welfare of residents, while also providing opportunities for their personal growth and development. We are an organization of students committed to developing leadership, honoring diversity, recognizing achievements, as well as stimulating engagement and involvement among students who reside in University Housing & Residence Life.

RHA in the Community 

The Residence Hall Association is always looking for ways to increase involvement, create student leadership opportunities, and build an integrated residential community. Through sponsorships, programs, and departmental collaboration, RHA works towards building a thriving community.

Why Participate in RHA? 

RHA is a wonderful opportunity to make an impact on your community. As a resident, you are a participating member of the student government of University Housing & Residence Life, a member with privileges and responsibilities. The extent to which the members of the hall/floor can plan and carry out activities and succeed as an organization depends upon the cooperation of these members. There is a Director, Associate Director, National Communications Coordinator, Operations Coordinator, Finance Coordinator, Program and Events Coordinator, and Community Garden Coordinator who together comprise the Residence Hall Association Executive Board.  There are also Hall Councils representing different parts of the Residence Halls who work with the RHA Executive Board.  They each have a President, Vice President, General Assembly Representative, Secretary, and Activities Coordinator.

There are many benefits to becoming a member of the Residence Hall Association’s Executive Board, including attending retreats and leadership training workshops, conferences at other universities, opportunities to plan and implement activities for all of the University Housing & Residence Life residential students of PSU, and getting to know residents and members of other student organizations and campus departments.

How Can You Get Involved?   

Are you looking to make a difference in your community? Well, join the East or West Hall Council or attend RHA General Assembly meetings and speak on behalf of their community. It's an excellent way to gain leadership experience, build your resume, and actively involve yourself in the betterment of your community living environment.

General Assembly Meetings 

RHA meetings are held weekly on Fridays at 3:00pm in Ondine on the second floor. All residents are urged to attend and participate. RHA not only provides leadership opportunities for students, but it also benefits the entire campus by providing programming and shaping housing policies. In addition, by serving as a RHA member, residents may also have the opportunity to serve on other campus wide committees that value University Housing & Residence Life residential student input.

Who to Contact 

To get involved, please contact rha@pdx.edu. Concerns about residence hall usage, policies, and improvements are channeled to University Housing. To voice such concerns, questions, or suggestions, RHA encourages you to speak with us and get active!