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Housing and Greek Life Office
209.946.2331
iamhome@pacific.edu

McCaffrey Center, 2nd Floor
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Residence Hall Association

What is RHA?

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student-run organization sponsored by Housing & Greek Life. Our RHA is affiliated with the Pacific Association of College and University Residence Halls (PACURH). The RHA executive board is here to serve campus residents and ensure their voices are heard. If you're looking for a great way to get involved, check out the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and your Residence Hall's Hall Government. RHA plans educational, social, cultural, and recreational programming for all residential students. All those living on campus in residence halls or apartments are members of RHA - that means you, your roommate and all your friends who live in the halls. RHA is here to represent YOU and we need your participation to do so! If you have a question or want to get involve, send an email to rha.pacific@gmail.com.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Residence Hall Association of the University of the Pacific is to promote advocacy between university residents and administration, provide leadership opportunities through responsible campus collaboration and residential programming, network with other higher education institutions through national and regional conferences, and assist in building a diverse community. In other words, we want to make residents feel at home when they are at Pacific. We also want to encourage them to learn something other than economics or criminal justice. By giving students the full opportunity of the residential life experience, they will grow as leaders, as followers, and as valuable people.

Why Get Involved?
  • Make new friends on your floor, hall, and other communities on campus.
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in Hall Government.
  • Create exciting programs for your community.
  • Be part of the planning process for hall/community programs.
  • Be the voice of students on campus!
  • Join us for retreats and conferences across the United States.
  • Make memories and experiences to last a life time!

What is a Hall Government?
A Hall Government is a group of residents from a specific community who work together throughout the year to: do the planning and programming of events, attend RHA meetings to stay up to date with Housing & Greek Life and RHA related items as well as get sponsorship from RHA for events. They also act as a resource to residents when they have any questions, comments, or concerns. Hall Governments tend to have a President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Marketing roles; however, each community council may vary. Any resident or resident assistant can be part of their residence hall's Hall Government. While in Hall Government you help carry on traditional programs such as broomball in Southwest or The Quad Olympics, just to name a few!  But, you also create new and exciting programs for your community and help design a community t-shirt to make lasting memories for yourself and your community! We look forward to seeing you at Hall Government and RHA meetings and events.
What is a Community?

A community is a building or group of buildings; it is how Housing & Greek Life and RHA have organized and refer to the buildings on campus. Students may live in a residence hall or apartment, and are part of a community. There are nine (9) communities total.

 Here is how everything is grouped:

  1. JBC: John Ballantyne and Carter House (Honors Community)
  2. PWF: Price House and Casa Werner & Farley House (Sophomores)
  3. JJ: Jessie Ballantyne and Casa Jackson (Sophomores)
  4. WER: Wemyss House, Eiselen House, and Ritter House (First Year Residential Learning Community)
  5. Grace Covell Hall: (First Year and Sophomores)
  6. South/West Hall: (First Year Residential Learning Community)
  7. MB: Monagan Hall and Brookside Hall - (Monagan & Brookside are Apartment for Juniors, Seniors, and Professional Students)
  8. University Townhouses: (Townhouse apartments are for Juniors and Seniors)
  9. The United Communities or UCs: Towerview Apartments (for married/partner housing) and McCaffrey Center Apartments (Juniors and Seniors)

    RHA General Body & Executive Board Meetings

    Pacific's RHA meets weekly in the Spruce Room on Mondays at 7:00 PM, in the McCaffrey Center. General Body meetings are composed of representatives from each community and the RHA executive board. We have been fortunate to welcome special guests from different administrative bodies on campus. The RHA Executive board meets weekly as well on Mondays at 8:00 PM in the Housing & Greek Life Office. There we review funding requests, discuss general business such as events, retreats, conference issues, ways to improve student life, and other various business items. We also welcome guests from all across campus. Our meetings mainly pertain to building the agenda of what will next be discussed at the following General Body meetings.

    RHA Executive Board Members:
    • President (Siena Gerbert) The RHA President presides over the group providing guidance toward the vision and mission of RHA.
    • National Communications Coordinator (NCC) (Neha Tammana, NCCIT Nikita Kazak) The NCC works closely with RHA's regional and national parent organizations The Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (PACURH) and the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH).
    • Chief Financial Officer (David De La Vega) The Finance Coordinator is the accountant and fundraiser of the organization controlling the student and e-board budget, and setting in motion the plans to raise funds throughout the academic year.
    • Secretary/Historian (Brian Chang) This e-board member works to track the minutes of all meetings, and documents events both for the organization and the communities.
    • Director of Programming (Salley Park) The Programming Director puts into motion all of the RHA events. From Casino nights to Pacific Idol to RHA Spirit Week, they put the itineraries together, create budgets, and assist in purchasing the necessary supplies.
    • Marketing & Outreach Coordinator (Kelina Orozco) The Marketing & Outreach Coordinator assists with community t-shirts, RHA t-shirts, flyers for events, and works on the weekly toliet paper posted around on-campus facilities. 
    • Parliamentary Procedure 

      A Small Bit of Parliamentary Procedure from RHA

      The order of motions:

      1.     A motion is made

      2.     The motion is seconded by another representative

      3.     Discussion on the motion happens, starting with the person who made the motion

      4.     Someone calls to question to end the discussion and vote

      5.     A vote is taken (in favor of, opposed and abstaining)

      6.     The results are stated

      How to make motions:

      • A Main Motion: a proposal of action by a group to be voted on by the members
        • How to: "I move that/to. . ."
      • Seconding: endorsement of a motion
        • How to: "Second!"
      • Amendments: to change a motion by striking out/inserting/substituting/adding to a motion being considered
        • How to: "I move that we amend the main motion by. . ."
      • Call to Question: a motion made to stop debate and move directly to a vote
        • How to: "I call to question."


      Other motions:

      • Postpone: to let a motion go until the next meeting of the general body
        • How to: "I move that we postpone this matter to the next meeting."
      • Refer to Committee: a motion to delegate a problem to a small group for special study
        • How to: "I move that we refer this matter to a committee."
      • Abstaining: To refrain from voting, It's encouraged to only abstain if you feel that you are not well enough informed or if you have a conflict of interest in the matter.