Student Leadership Opportunities

[I have learned] how to build relationships with people beyond those in my immediate circle of friends. I know almost everyone in my stack and would feel comfortable saying hi to them and talking to them, and I think that's a pretty great thing. — Anonymous, 2011


There are a number of opportunities to grow or gain leadership skills as a university resident. From hall committees and councils, to event planning and community service, residents gain valuable experience while building connections within their halls and the campus community.

Hall, Tenant, and Community Councils

Councils allow residents to help shape their living environment and build community within their residences. Council members participate in democratic decision-making and plan a wide variety of events to help residents of their dorm or apartment communities build connections and get to know their neighbors. To get involved with your residence council, participate in the kick-off event in the first week of fall quarter.

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

The RHA council acts as a voice for the university's campus residents, making decisions that range in impact from affecting individual hall councils to campus wide policies. RHA acts as a connection between individual hall councils and the Associated Students. The RHA administers the budget used to fund campus-wide events and hall activities. Visit Residence Hall Association to find out more.

National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)

NRHH is a national organization that advocates for the interests and welfare of residence hall students and provides opportunities for their personal growth and development. Western's chapter of NRHH promotes academic support resources to university residents and coordinates service opportunities on campus and in the community. NRHH WWU also regularly recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of college and university housing through a variety of award programs. Visit National Residence Hall Honorary to find out more.