Residence Hall Government
The residence hall student government system at the University of Michigan includes Hall Councils, Multicultural Councils and the Residence Halls Association (RHA). Participation in these groups provides opportunities to explore and initiate social, educational, political and recreational programs on campus and to influence Housing policites.
We encourage you to get involved in the residence hall student government system. By participating, you will be among the “leaders and best.”
These councils act as the central student government for each hall. Their business focus is on hall programming and on bringing students’ concerns to the professional staff in their building. Serving on your Hall Council will provide you with opportunities to learn about the University and to build your skills in program development, management, presentation and leadership.
Each residential community has a multicultural council that aims to engage residents in diversity education and cultural awareness. Multicultural council membership is open to all residents of the community. Each multicultural council differs due to the diverse needs of students in residential communities. Some common themes among multicultural councils include community-wide events, leadership development and service learning projects. Multicultural councils are advised by the Diversity Peer Educator(s) of each community. Council meetings are open to every resident; board elections take place at the beginning of every year. If you are interested in a leadership position or to learn about council meeting times, contact your community’s DPE.
Learn more about Multicultural and Diversity Programs.
Residence Halls Assocation
RHA provides student governance for the entire University Housing residence hall system. The group represents nearly 10,000 students to the greater University community. RHA consists of an executive board and an Assembly elected from each hall. Through legislation, committees and policy development, RHA works closely with Housing Administration toward continuous improvement.
Annually, RHA sponsors, the Residence Halls Linens Program, where incoming students can purchase extra-long linens, and other room essentials, before move-in.
Learn more about RHA from their student-run web site.