UNH has a student governing board in each residence hall. They are often referred to as Hall Council or sometimes an Activity Board. These boards primarily organize social events for their hall. In addition to building community via programs and events, hall council also provides opinions for decisions in which campus administrators are seeking a student voice.
At the beginning of the school year each hall holds elections and the staff are looking for folks who want to get involved. It’s a great way to learn leadership skills and gain experience in planning events and managing budgets. Many of our hall council and activity board members go on to different levels of leadership including Resident Assistant, Student Senate members, and executive board members across the campus.
Example positions include: president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, campus activity board rep, Residence Hall Association (RHA) rep, community partnership rep, and senator. Each hall also has an energy captain who helps educate residents about saving natural resources and encouraging wise energy and water usage around the halls. In addition, each floor can have a floor representative who takes hall council information back to the residents of their floor.
The Hall Councils and the hall staff work to provide activities for students in each residence hall. Events might include hall barbecues, ice cream socials, pizza nights, Halloween parties, ski trips, and hiking trips.
Leadership development is a big part of the learning that also goes into Hall Councils and Activity Boards. You’ve got some great responsibility on your hands if you sign up. But, we’re here to help you. Every Hall Council has an advisor – either the Hall Director or the Assistant Hall Director (in Williamson, Christensen, the UQ, and Stoke). This person helps direct the group, give suggestions on what to accomplish, and develops your leadership style.