The University of North Florida Department of Housing and Residence Life is a featured program.
Community Area Councils
Any residential student can be a part of their community Area Council (AC). Area Council is the governing body for residents and they promote community by hosting events and programs, changing policies to reflect student needs, and being an advocate for residents.
On UNF’s campus, there are six ACs, and collectively they make up the larger Residence Hall Association (RHA). RHA has its own executive board made up of residents from all areas of campus. While it is typically led by upper class men and women, first year students can still apply for vacant board positions as they become available. RHA is a strong community building force at UNF that actively supports small scale area development, as well as promoting and hosting events for all residence halls!
UNF’s chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), is active and thriving. It is made up of the top 1% of student leaders who live on campus. The organization focuses on leadership, recognition, and service. Joining the chapter provides students with many opportunities such as being a part of service projects, recognizing other students and staff, and gaining new leadership skills. It is a great opportunity for first year students to get involved, as well as a tremendous leadership opportunity for upper class men and women to hold executive board and committee head positions.
RHA and NRHH teamed up each year to host an annual event, ‘Battle of the Hall Stars.’ This is an event where each area competes head–to–head in volleyball, basketball, corn hole, Trivia Crack, and tug of war to see which hall will take home a trophy!
Building/Area spirit is a huge component of the day–long event, and it truly builds comradely and residence hall bride among students.
Submitted by Nikki Steinberger, Residence Life Coordinator, University of North Florida