Residence Hall Association

Mission

What is RHA?

Western Colorado University’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) strives to improve the residential experience of all on-campus residents by creating and advocating for an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment. The RHA Executive Board will promote leadership, sustainability and recognition, and will provide educational and social experiences for all on-campus residents.

Western’s RHA is affiliated with the Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (IACURH) and the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), which is the largest student-run organization in the world.

Want to learn more about RHA? Download the Western RHA constitution and bylaws or read the Mountaineer Mindset pledge.

What is Community Council?

Community Councils are located in each residential complex and are made up of student volunteers who want to represent and give back to their residential complex. With the support of RHA, each Community Council strives to promote leadership, sustainability and recognition by providing educational and social experiences for their residential complex.

Interested in joining your Community Council? Please email your Resident Director.

Send a Care Package

Want to give a meaningful gift to your favorite Western student? Send them a care package!

Browse care packages and other gifts at Our Campus Market.

Western’s partnership with Our Campus Market allows you to give a heartfelt gift while also donating to a fund that helps Western student leaders. The profits from this partnership help reduce the cost for Western’s RHA Executive Board to attend regional and national leadership conferences, and subsequently create better Residence Life programming that benefits all on-campus residents.

Send “dorm room essentials” to your student during their first week on campus, or let them know you’re thinking of them by ordering a box full of their favorite snacks during finals week. Care packages also make perfect birthday or holiday gifts, and can be sent any time throughout the year. The care packages are delivered directly to a student’s mailbox in the Mail Center.

RHA Board

Meet Western’s friendly and helpful Residence Hall Association Executive Board!

Kiri Carmody

Kiri Carmody: RHA president

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Major/Minor: Biology Pre- Med, Minor in Environmental Science
Hobbies: hiking, paddle boarding, drinking coffee
Fun Fact: I have eight chickens.
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Favorite thing about Res Life: Making Western more of a home!

Mallory Siebenneicher

Mallory Siebenneicher: Director of Public Relations

Hometown: Pueblo, Colorado
Major/Minor: Art with graphic design emphasis
Hobbies: Drawing, painting, running, exercise, watching “90 Day Fiancé,” petting dogs, volleyball, writing
Fun Fact: I have a ketchup obsession.
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Favorite thing about Res Life: Meeting everyone in res life and learning about all the opportunities there are.

Madi White

Madi White: NCC (National Communication Coordinator)

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Major/Minor: Environment and Sustainability, Pre-Law
Hobbies: Reading, camping, trying new things!
Fun Fact: My newest crush is Edward Abbey.
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Favorite thing about Res Life: Pushing the envelope is encouraged.

Haily Parker

Haily Parker: Director of Advocacy

Hometown: Bryan, Texas
Major/Minor: Exercise and Sports Science 3+2 Exercise Physiology
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends. Camping, fishing, videogames, and country swing dancing.
Fun Fact: I owned a ball python (Roswell), I have a betta (Sasha), a guppy (Alex), an African frog (Kermit), and a pitsky puppy (Koda).
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Favorite thing about Res Life: It provides support at a confusing time in our lives and gives us a friendly face when we first get to campus.

Gabi Brown

Gabi Brown: Director of Programming

Hometown: Montrose, Colorado
Major/Minor: Business Administration, Finance and Management, Anthropology
Hobbies: Camping, hiking, adventuring
Fun Fact: Something on my bucket list is to travel to Bali, Indonesia.
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Favorite thing about Res Life: The strong focus on seeing and helping students achieve their goals

Hope Howard

Hope Howard: Assistant Director of Residence Life

Hometown: Eufaula, Oklahoma
Major/Minor: Public Health, B.A., and Student Development Administration, M.A.
Hobbies: Baking and hiking
Fun Fact: I have two dogs – a blue heeler and a golden retriever.
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Favorite thing about Res Life: Seeing students grow and achieve their goals!

Nicole Doll

Nicole Doll: Director of Administration

Hometown: Fort Morgan, Colorado
Major/Minor: Elementary Education
Hobbies: Hiking & paddle boarding
Fun Fact: I graduated high school with 12 people.
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Favorite thing about Res Life: Meeting new people and making the res halls a more welcoming place

Kristin Ross

Kristin Ross: Graduate Assistant

Hometown: Gorham, Maine
Major/Minor: Biology BA and Ecology MS
Hobbies: Fly fishing, hiking and yoga
Fun Fact: I played basketball in college.
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Favorite thing about Res Life: Being part of a community that is focused on the well-being of all students

Jobs

Looking for a meaningful campus job? Consider serving on Western’s RHA Executive Board! You’ll make a difference in the lives of your fellow Mountaineers while receiving a scholarship that covers 50% of on-campus housing costs.

Responsibilities

Each RHA Executive Board Member needs to abide by the following expectations:

  • Support and promote the Residence Life core values: community, leadership, respect, integrity, learning, and courage
  • Act as a liaison for students living on campus and the Department of Residence Life
  • Attend all RHA Executive Board meetings and Community Assembly meetings
  • Assist in planning and attending leadership trainings
  • Be trained in and potentially serve on a peer conduct panel as needed by professional staff conduct officers
  • Act as official representatives and advocates of RHA at RHA-sponsored programs and University functions
  • Support the community councils by promoting training, leadership development, recognition opportunities, and other aspects as needed
  • Provide transition materials and meetings with successors of your RHA Executive Board position
  • Meet with RHA Advisor regularly
  • Take on all other tasks as necessary

Eligibility

  • Be a full-time Western sophomore, junior, or senior by the Fall 2020 semester
  • Have and maintain a cumulative 2.50 GPA while on the Executive Board
  • Live on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year

Compensation

Each Executive Board member will receive a housing scholarship that covers 50% of their on-campus housing costs. The housing scholarship does not include a meal plan. The term will last the entire academic year.

President

  • Conduct strategic fundraising and sustainable organizational development with the vision of continuing to grow the community council structure at Western Colorado University
  • Support the community councils by promoting training, leadership development, recognition opportunities, by being mindful of the residential curriculum model and ensuring alignment of curriculum
  • Communicate NACURH business with other RHA Presidents and COPRRHA
  • Manage the Western RHA e-mail account
  • Train the future RHA President and RHA Executive Board through positional shadowing and providing transition memos and materials
  • Facilitate the continuous development of RHA governing documents, which includes a constitution, bylaws, and a strategic plan
  • Call and preside over all RHA meetings
  • Oversee and supervise any RHA Committees as needed
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of events and special gatherings
  • Take on all other necessary duties during events and meetings
  • Be a positive role model and university representative when interacting with campus and NACURH constituents and act as a voting representative for Western
  • Commit to attending the following conferences to learn about the position and actively participate in the boardrooms: IACURH Regional Leadership Conference, IACURH Regional Business Conference, and NACURH National Leadership Conference

National Communications Coordinator (NCC)

  • Re-affiliate Western with National Association for College and University Residence Halls (NACURH)
  • Be a liaison for NACURH and other affiliate schools
  • Manage the Western NCC e-mail account
  • Facilitate the creation and defend all bids for conferences
  • Select, organize, and prepare delegations for any NACURH regional and national conferences
  • Work with Residence Life to plan end of the year Awards Banquet
  • Be a positive role model and university representative when interacting with campus and NACURH constituents and act as a voting representative for Western
  • Call and preside over RHA meetings when the president is not in attendance
  • Commit to attending the following conferences to learn about the position and actively participate in the boardrooms: IACURH Regional Leadership Conference, IACURH Regional Business Conference, and NACURH National Leadership Conference

Director of Public Relations                                                                        

  • Promote and update events and programs through social media, other marketing opportunities, and community outreach
  • Write, promote, and oversee campus selection process of OTMs
  • Develop and upkeep RHA website
  • Lead recruitment for RHA Executive Board and community councils
  • Plan and staff marketing for all aspects of RHA to perspective and current students, staff, and faculty
  • Promote recognition at the campus level
  • Assist in the planning of RHA and community council leadership training at the beginning of each semester
  • Assist in planning recognition banquets along with the NCC

Director of Administration                                                              

  • Record and provide access to all meeting minutes
  • Work in conjunction with RHA Advisor to organize RHA, community council, and conference budgets
  • Act as the parliamentarian during all meetings by understanding and enforcing parliamentary procedure
  • Act as the RHA historian by archiving pictures and documents
  • Maintain constitution and bylaws that adhere to RHA mission statement and Residence Life core values
  • Maintain governing documents and membership records: email lists, member standing, attendance records, etc.

Director of Programming                                                                             

  • Regularly plan and implement programs
  • Work with the Director of Public Relations to create and update the semester calendar of events
  • Act as a resource to programs within community councils and ensure cross promotion and logistics of events
  • Coordinate or partner to plan academic, service, and social events
  • Coordinate RHA item checkouts for RHA and community council events

Director of Advocacy                                                                                   

  • Serve as an RHA liaison to campus partners
  • Act as the Student Government Association (SGA) Residence Life Ambassador, by attending SGA and RHA meetings and share updates between organizations
  • Create open forums with different campus organizations for students to ask questions
  • Solicit feedback from students on programs and RHA board
  • As needed propose potential solutions for campus or handbook improvements that affect residents to university administration
  • Ensure alignment of RHA Mission Statement and Western Colorado University Student Handbook
  • Promote social and environmental justice efforts

Feb. 24 Applications open
Feb. 26 at 12:00 – 1:00p.m.

March 2 at 6:00 – 7:00p.m.

Information sessions in the UC South Conference Room
March 8 Applications due
March 10-12 Interviews
March 13 Offers go out
March 23 Deadline to accept or decline offers
March 24 Sign contract