Information about getting involved in residence life programs
Salem State residence halls offer a variety of leadership positions for you to consider while living on campus. Student leadership and involvement contribute to a strong and vibrant residence hall community, and there is no better way to make a difference in your community while meeting new friends. Residence life is committed to helping students develop their potential to be leaders, to be globally minded and to be productive and contributing members of society. We believe in fostering leaders who possess an inclusive perspective, in an effort to create social change toward a respectful, diverse society.
Involvement in the residence halls is something Salem State takes seriously, affording you the opportunity to take your experience here to new levels. Leadership experience and skills are highly-prized qualities that employers look for and living in the residence halls offers an excellent opportunity to gain those skills.
Residence Life Involvement Opportunities
Founded in 1999, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) serves as a governing and programming umbrella student organization for the six residential communities on campus, the individual community councils, weekend warriors, and the Omega Zeta Epsilon chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary.
RHA focuses its efforts in five areas: advocacy, community, leadership, programming, and recognition. As a completely student-run organization, RHA oversees a budget comprised of the residence hall activity fee students pay each semester. RHA serves as the voice for students living on campus; making recommendations regarding college issues, acting as a liaison between students and residence life and standing up for students' rights and concerns. RHA coordinates a number of campus-wide programs and activities, participates in community events, hosts leadership training workshops, and travels to colleges and universities across the country to attend various leadership conferences and represent Salem State University interests.
RHA meets weekly; please confirm with your community council for time and location. All students are welcome to attend and voice their opinions/concerns.
As a completely student-run organization, the Residence Hall Association follows the policies and guidelines established in the RHA constitution. RHA consists of:
- An Executive Board elected by the Associate Council consisting of the following positions: Executive Director, Director of Programming, Director of Administration and Finance, Director of Public Relations, Director of Recognition, Co-National Communication Coordinators, and the Director of Weekend Warriors
- An Associate Council which serves as the voting members for the organization. The Associate Council consists of the President, Vice President, and two RHA Representatives from each residence hall who are elected by the resident students of that particular hall.
- A Programming Committee and a Budget and Finance Committee which meet weekly during the RHA meeting.
- Six Community Councils (one for each residential community). Each Community Council is elected by the residents of that particular community as outlined in their constitutions.
- Omega Zeta Epsilon, the Salem State University chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary. The Omega Zeta Epsilon Executive Board is elected by the membership of the organization as outlined in their constitution.
RHA receives funding through the residence hall activity fee paid by each resident student ($20 per semester) and any additional fundraising the organization does throughout the year. This money is divided between RHA, the six Community Councils, Weekend Warriors, and NRHH.
The Salem State Weekend Warriors develops free social activities and events for Friday nights, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. Programs are funded jointly by residence life and the residence hall association.
To join weekend warriors, or receive more information, please contact your community council.
Each residence hall at Salem State is governed by a community council elected by the residents of that hall. Community councils plan and implement programs and activities for the hall, advocate for resident concerns, and provide feedback and input on residence life proceses, policies, and initiatives.
Community councils are responsible for planning such programs and traditions as barbecues, Haunted Happenings (a week of Halloween activities in each residence hall), movie nights, coffeehouses, ice cream socials, carnivals, trivia contests, community service projects, and a variety of educational and awareness programs. Each community council will be allocated a budget for hall activities.
Elections for community council executive board occur in September, however all residents are invited to attend and participate in weekly meetings and activities throughout the course of year. Residents do not need to have been elected to an executive board position in order to participate.
How to Get Involved
Students interested in becoming involved in community council should speak with their resident assistant or assistant resident director to obtain an elections packet. The deadlines for submittal of elections materials and voting procedures are posted throughout the halls and in the lobbies of each building.
Each community council is governed by a group of student leaders elected by the residents of that particular residence hall at the start of the year. Community council meets once a week in the residence hall ground floor lounge. The executive board coordinates the weekly meetings, but all students in that hall are invited to attend to share their opinions, voice concerns and assist in planning various activities and events.
The various positions available are: President, Vice President, RHA Representatives (two per hall), Secretary, Treasurer, and Community Representatives
With over 350 chapters nationally, the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) recognizes the top one percent of student leaders impacting the residence halls on colleges and university campuses. Salem State's chapter, Omega Zeta Epsilon, has been inducting outstanding student leaders since 2001. As the top one percent of student leaders on campus, no more than 25 students may be members at any point in time. Omega Zeta Epsilon members are active leaders on campus participating in community service initiatives, recognition projects, and leadership development activities. Omega Zeta Epsilon also coordinates the "of the month" program which honors outstanding students, staff, faculty, and programs each month.
Each semester, Omega Zeta Epsilon coordinates several community service projects for members and the campus community to participate in.
Each month, members of the Omega Zeta Epsilon chapter select programs and members of the Salem State community who have been honored for making a difference in the residence halls. Anyone can submit nominations for these awards by visiting the national website and following the instructions to submit for Salem State.
Everyone who submits a nomination or wins an award is invited to the Of The Month (OTM) Party each semester, where outstanding service to the residence halls is recognized and prizes/awards are given.