RHA stands for the Residence Hall Association which is a university-sponsored student organization representative of all 9,000+ students who live on campus. It serves as the governing body of the residence halls and the platform through which students share their voice and perspective with the Administration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The members of this organization are responsible for providing input to develop ideas for activities and programs that improve and enhance the residence hall experience. They also provide diverse social, educational, and philanthropic programs within the residence halls, manage community enhancements, advocate for residents’ needs, facilitate recognition of residence hall leaders, and foster a sense of community and belonging for all students at Carolina. Learn more about RHA.
Community Enhancements: RHA provides many enhancements in each community that are easily checked-out by students at the front desk. These include: board games, cleaning supplies, cookware, DVDs, video games and consoles, sporting equipment, bicycles, tools, books, and even air mattresses for visitors. Click here to see the full list that each community offers: http://rha.unc.edu/enhancements/.
Carolina Lifestyles: RHA’s Carolina Lifestyles allows students to purchase carpets, bedding, mattress pads, shower sets, closet organizers, fans, utensils, lap desks, and many more items, including a microwave/refrigerator combo. Click here for more information: RHA Preferred Vendors
Laundry Services: RHA provides wash, dry and fold laundry services through Laundrymen’s Campus Service. Click here to sign up: rha.unc.edu/carolinalifestyles/laundrymen/
Storage Facilities: If you need a full-service moving and summer storage program, use RHA’s Campus Truckers. Click here to register and for more information: collegetruckers.com
NRHH: The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is a leadership-based honorary comprised of the top 1% of exemplary residential students. We encourage leadership, service, and recognition throughout the residence halls and the greater Chapel Hill community. We participate in a variety of recognition and service activities throughout the academic year and represent the UNC-Chapel Hill community at conferences along with RHA. Members who meet NRHH’s requirements throughout their time at Carolina earn an honor cord to wear at graduation and become members for life.
Sustainability: In addition to recycling RHA provides composting & plastic film recycling. Compost bins can be picked up from your community office and kept throughout your entire career at Carolina. You can use this bin to collect organic waste and specially marked compostable plastics in your residence hall, and dispose of your compost in the nearest Outdoor Site within the handle-locked roll carts. Plastic film, including zip lock, grocery, and produce bags, or any other soft, stretchy plastic material, can be recycled at your community office. Students also have the opportunity to get involved with and learn about sustainable living right in their residence halls! From environmentally focused programs to working with Edible Campus and our other partners, residents can help maintain sustainability grown food right outside their halls, and learn other ways to mitigate their environmental impact.
As UNC senior Kira Griffith nears the end of her second term as president of the Residence Hall Association, the association is establishing an alumni-sponsored award named after her.
The Kira N. Griffith Award will provide $800 annually to a junior or senior who has served as an RHA officer and lived on-campus for at least two years.
Scott Peeler, a UNC alumnus and adjunct professor in the School of Law, is a former RHA president and will fund the award for the first four years.
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