Area Councils

Area  Councils

What is Area Council?

It’s simple: our area councils are the heart of community in on-campus residence halls and the core of our organization. When the event idea you had and shared with Area Council Officers comes to light a few weeks later and engages an entire floor or when the ping pong table you knew would make your floor lounge better finally arrives a few weeks after passing a bill for one, that’s Area Council working at full capacity.

An Area Council is one of 6 groups within RHA that operates within one of a few residential communities across campus. Area Councils are responsible for planning events for their communities, providing opportunities for residents to provide input on how their Area Council’s semesterly budget of $3,000 – $5,000 is spent, and advocating for residents. As part of our organization’s Legislative Branch, Area Councils host weekly meetings to pass legislation through bills that affects their residents. In a typical year, our Area Councils work with RAs and Hall Directors to plan over 10 events and activities for their communities, pass and fund over 100 bills—each providing funding for other residents and RAs to host additional events for residents—and introduce hundreds of residents to one another.

If you live on campus, you’re part of an Area Council, and you have a vote and say in how your community functions over the next year. Do you think your floor should have a weekly ice cream social? Want the Department of Housing and Residence Life to know that your entire building supports the implementation of a new sustainability initiative in residence halls? Think that you should have a field day between neighboring residence halls to determine which building is supreme? Area Council is the place to start doing all of those things.

 

How does Area Council business work?

One of Area Council’s main operations is to facilitate business through resident-submitted bills. If you are looking for funding for an event you want to host, an initiative you want to start, or if you are looking to make a statement on behalf of your hall, you’ll want to submit a bill! In your bill, you will include details on what your idea is, what you might want to spend money on, and how it will benefit your residential community. Ask your RA or Hall Director how bills are submitted in your community! This bill will then be reviewed and likely placed on the agenda for your next Area Council meeting, as long as it meets bill eligibility requirements. You’ll want to attend your next Area Council meeting to be given a chance to talk through your bill with your fellow residents and give them a chance to vote on it. Should the bill pass at the Area Council meeting, you can then take action by hosting the event, making the purchases, etc. If you were approved to spend Area Council money, the last step of the process is to submit your receipts to RHA so that we can reimburse you.

While the process can look like a lot when first starting, your community’s Area Council Officers, RAs, and Hall Directors are more than happy to help you submit a bill to Area Council!

 

Our Area Council Officers

Area Council Officers, or ACOs, make Area Councils possible—they’re on the ground, in our residence halls, building community on a daily basis. Each Area Council has at least four coordinators: a Meetings Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Finance Coordinator, and an Programming Coordinator. While each Coordinator has specific duties related to the core operations of their area Council and specific to their unique role, the whole Coordinating Board works together as a team to collectively enhance their community’s residential student experience. Each Area Council will be advised by their respective Hall Director. These officers are elected annually in the fall and serve through the end of the spring semester.

SPECIAL NOTE: Each Area Council has the autonomy to create new positions based on specialized needs within each community.

Meetings Coordinator
  • Oversee all Area Council and Coordinating Board meetings as a whole
  • Oversee and encourage Area Council bill submission for your community
  • Prepare Area Council and Coordinating Board meeting agendas
  • Supervise other Area Council Officers to ensure smooth collaboration as a team
  • Perform other duties as specified by the Coordinating Board or Area Council 
Communications Coordinator
  • Communicate with residents, RAs, and professional staff about Area Council happenings
  • Assist the Meetings Coordinator as needed 
  • Manage Area Council social media and print media
  • Record and distribute minutes during Area Council and Coordinating Board meetings
  • Perform other duties as specified by the Coordinating Board or Area Council 
Finance Coordinator
  • Manage the Area Council’s budget, advising the community on appropriate spending
  • Communicate the status of the accounts held by the Area Council to the Coordinating Board and Area Council at all meetings
  • Oversee reimbursement paperwork processing for you community, assisting residents, RAs, and others to submit accurate paperwork
  • Perform other duties as specified by the Coordinating Board or Area Council 
Programming Coordinator
  • Hold ultimate responsibility for all programs and events held by the Area Council 
  • Plan and coordinate, along with the Coordinating Board, events and initiatives that further the purpose of the Hall Council 
  • Collaborate with other Area Councils and Resident Assistants for events
  • Perform other duties as specified by the Coordinating Board or Area Council 
 

Find Your Area Council

Use the dropdown tabs below to find information on each of our 6 Area Councils. Each tab includes Area Council meeting times, locations, Area Council Officer contact information, and building composition.

East 1
Fourth Street Apartments, Field, Hopkins, Matheson, Perry, Glenn, Hanson

Meeting Time: Tuesdays at 5 pm

Meeting Location: GT Connector

Meeting Minutes

Meetings CoordinatorVictoria Okon📨
Communications CoordinatorHaneefa O. Kasim 📨
Finance CoordinatorAakash Desai📨
Programming CoordinatorSaumya Agarwal
Advisor/HDCrystal Hodge📨
East 2
Brown, Harris, Towers, Smith, Harrison, Howell, Cloudman

Meeting Time: TBD

Meeting Location: TBD

Meeting Minutes

Meetings Coordinator & Smith Building RepresentAndrew Grant📨
Communications Coordinator & Brown Building Representative
Nirmal Karthik
📨
Finance Coordinator & Smith Building RepresentativeHank Hudson📨
Events Coordinator & Brown Building RepresentativeSahit Mamidipaka📨
Howell Building RepresentativeSteven Baker📨
Harris Building Representative‼VACANT
Harrison Building Representative‼VACANT
Cloudman Building Representative‼VACANT
Advisor/HDOctavio Aguado📨
Grad and Fam
Graduate Living Center, Tenth & Home

Meeting Time: Thursdays at 7 pm

Meeting Location: GLC Activity Room

Grad and Fam Bylaws

Meeting Minutes

Meetings CoordinatorAshwin Devarajan📨
Communications CoordinatorAlexis Bateh📨
Finance CoordinatorChristian Coletti📨
Programming CoordinatorMicah Washington📨
Advisor/ADAnant Girdhar📨
North Avenue
North Ave North, West, East, South

Meeting Time: TBD

Meeting Location: TBD

NAA Bylaws

Meeting Minutes

Meetings CoordinatorAmanda Bock📨
Communications CoordinatorJessica Keith📨
Finance CoordinatorAnna Fraser📨
Programming Coordinator‼VACANT
Advisor/HDRebecca Skumatz📨
West 1
Center Street Apartments, Crecine Apartments, Eighth Street Apartments, Fitten
Freeman, Montag, Folk, Caldwell

Meeting Time: Mondays at 7pm

Meeting Location: Center Street Activity Room

Meeting Minutes

Meetings CoordinatorJamar Sequeira 📨
Communications Coordinator
Erin Keough
📨
Finance CoordinatorKayla Jeffery 📨
Programming CoordinatorMireya Ramirez 📨
Advisor/HDJordan Howell 📨
West 2
Nelson Shell, ZBar, Maulding, Woodruff, Hefner, Armstrong, Fulmer

Meeting Time: Thursdays at 7:30 pm

Meeting Location: Hefner Classroom

West 2 Bylaws

Meeting Minutes

Meetings CoordinatorHaily Vo 📨
Communications CoordinatorRyan Otsuka 📨
Finance CoordinatorSudikshaa Anandakumar 📨
Programming CoordinatorDhrumi Shah 📨
Advisor/HDAlexis Herrington 📨