Hall Associations provide the following benefits for on-campus communities/residential student:
· The means for self-organization, self-development, limited self-governance and decision-making.
· The channels of communication (to each other, to University faculty/staff, to other University student organizations) for residential issues, concerns and activities.
· Opportunities to develop socially, emotionally and academically through self-expression and servant-leadership.
· Significant opportunities for leadership development that would go otherwise untapped during the residential experience.
The means to have their social and educational programmatic needs and desires addressed.
Hall Associations provide the following benefits for Advisors:
· The invaluable opportunity to advise organizations which address both the programmatic and governance needs of its constituents.
· The ability to share their education, experiences, talents and abilities with students through regular mentoring and role modeling interactions.
· The opportunity to augment the positive impact of their RA staff by more than doubling the amount of active leaders in a facility working towards the development of a just, involving and developmental community.
· Regular interaction with students in a positive, non-employment, non-judicial, non-crisis setting.
Hall Associations provide the following benefits for Residence Education:
· A resource from which to identify and cultivate future RAs, Desk Assistants, and other staff members and professionals in the field.
· Act as individual facility and collective residential program advocates to the entire University community: faculty, staff, fellow residents, commuter students and community stakeholders.
· Increase the quality of life for ResidenceEducation staff by decreasing the overall dependence of residents on undergraduate and professional employees to act as their sole source of residential assistance. As Hall Associations growth in membership and efficacy occurs, so does growth in peer education and assistance.
· Minimize the need for Residence Education staff to shoulder the responsibility of hall programming as the hall association continually strives to assess and then program to residential student desires and needs.
· Minimize the need for Residence Education staff to act frequently in the role of “policy enforcer” as the Hall Association evolves a sense of community pride and ownership among residents, thereby resulting in a decrease in policy infractions through an increase in peer role-modeling and self-governance.
· Strengthen, support and give reason for existence to ARH . Through strong, active Hall Associations comes a similar ARH and thereby yet another strong, active resource to assist, support and advocate for both the Residence Life staff as well as the University’s residential program.